December 30, 2014
Last month we told you about the gathering we hosted at Tracy House, at which two partners of ours shared insights about the challenges they face in stopping human trafficking and reforming New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.
Following that meeting, the Community Foundation’s Leadership Committee met and voted to award a $20,000 challenge grant toward the continued work of Rutgers’ Post-Disposition Advocacy Project – to help fund the work of a full-time attorney, Eliza Nagel, who spoke so eloquently about representing incarcerated youth.
The response to the Leadership Committee’s challenge grant has been very encouraging. So far, Community Foundation fund holders have come together to get us nearly three fourths of the way toward our goal. And we just heard the great news that our colleagues on the Board of the Fund for New Jersey have committed an additional $50,000, which means that if we are successful in matching the Leadership Committee’s challenge grant, the Rutgers Project will have the necessary funds to put Eliza back to work for all of 2015.
As your friends and family members think about their year-end giving, we hope you will let them know about this opportunity and how their dollars will go directly toward identifying lapses in New Jersey’s juvenile justice system and enabling our partners to build a strong case for reform.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Margarethe Laurenzi at 973-267-5533 or mlaurenzi [@] cfnj.org.