Be Part of Newark’s Renaissance

Newark today is fast becoming a revitalized place. The economic and cultural development currently under way is especially gratifying to those with strong ties to this city, who have long recognized the potential at its vibrant heart.

As part of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, The Newark Community Foundation offers donors the opportunity to become part of this 21st century renaissance.

Funds that charitable families and businesses establish with us will enable them to make tangible, beneficial changes and help America’s fourth oldest city be as fresh and as full of possibility as tomorrow.

Our Purpose

Most community-focused cities across America have their very own Community Foundation. And for very good reason. Citizens concerned with the specific needs of a community can ensure that real, solid, particular change is enacted for whom and where it matters most.

From a Community Foundation that overhauled Kansas City’s public schools, to a program targeted at fighting high pre-term birth rates in New Haven, to innovative ways that Minneapolis fought youth violence. Donors now have the opportunity to support projects with equal impact for Newark.

Newark/Essex County Legacy Fund Grants

Families who contribute to or establish Legacy Funds can specify an issue, cause or hometown that they would like to have their charitable legacy impact. The Community Foundation can then respond quickly to ever-changing community needs through grants designed around the spirit of the donor’s wishes.

  • BlueWave Public Interest Foundation – BWPIF provides an academic enrichment program for low-income families in the Essex County suburb of Montclair that utilizes individualized learning plans. One-on-one mentoring relationships with tutors are provided to assist the children in achieving academic success. Support was given to purchase the technology equipment used at the new full-day summer program that focused on strengthening students in the core subject areas. Funding was made possible by the Essex County Fund.
  • Bloomfield College Nursing School – The majority of the students in the nursing program at Bloomfield College in Essex County come from low-income and minority families and are usually the first generation to go to college. Since they often lack social and family support, funding was given for a Mentoring Program to assist upperclassmen peer tutor/mentors with providing direction, a positive learning environment, encouragement and guidance in learning study skills for new students. Funding was made possible by the Arbor Glen Education Fund.