The Community Foundation’s Leadership Committee identifies innovative solutions to some of New Jersey’s toughest challenges and provides an opportunity for interested fundholders to join a select group like-minded philanthropists to support these projects.

Changemaker Projects are highly engaging initiatives that captivate the interest of our fundholders. We provide detailed updates to participating “changemakers” on the progress and impact of the grantmaking. Recent examples include providing duffel bags of clothes and other supplies to children who are part of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in New Jersey; helping to launch NJ Spotlight, an online news platform that is providing in-depth policy coverage, thereby filling the void left by smaller traditional newsrooms; and the projects below.

To support the Community Foundation’s Changemaker Projects, and become a “changemaker” yourself, contact Margarethe Laurenzi at 973-267-5533 or mlaurenzi@cfnj.org.


Recent Changemaker Projects have focused on:

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Increasing Access to Educational Field Trips. Field trips take students out of familiar surrounding into new places, connecting classroom learning with real-life experiences and enabling them to envision themselves as future college students, researchers, artists, and leaders. But districts across the state are reporting sending students on fewer field trips, with an increasing number of schools passing the bill on to parent groups. Our Changemakers are establishing a field trip endowment to help school children in under-served communities across New Jersey access the arts, historical landmarks, nature preserves, and college campuses. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE or visit www.FieldTripNJ.org.

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Stemming the Tide of NJ’s Heroin and Opiate Crisis. New Jersey faces a heroin and opioid epidemic that has already killed more than 5,000 of our fellow residents. The epidemic knows no boundaries – nearly all of our communities are affected, and many of us know family members, friends and business associates who are dealing with the problem in some way. Given the breadth of this public health crisis, our Changemakers seeks concrete, valuable interventions to help addicts and their families fully recover. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE.

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Unaccompanied Minor Changemaker Page

Providing Representation for Unaccompanied Minors. The crush of unaccompanied children at the United States’ Southern border may seem like a far-away problem, but it’s impact is being felt across New Jersey where more than 5,000 of these children are picking up the pieces of their lives. Our Changemaker Project supports the work of a consortium of legal advocates who ensure these children are properly represented in impossibly complex (and often adversarial) removal proceedings. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE.

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Ensuring Incarcerated Youth are Properly Rehabilitated. Juvenile justice is meant to be rehabilitative, but too often it is implemented in such a way that incarcerated youth are further isolated. Our Changemaker Project supports the work of a full-time attorney who works individually with incarcerated youth to ensure they are receiving the appropriate educational and medical services so that they are ready to safely return to our communities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE.

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Ending the Scourge of Human Trafficking. Human trafficking — namely forced labor and commercial sex — continues to be a major problem across New Jersey and the country. Our Changemaker Project in this area – dubbed S.O.A.P. for “Saving Adolescents from Prostitution” – supports grassroots efforts to raise awareness and empowers citizens to defeat this scourge. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE.

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Providing School Breakfast to At-Risk Youth. In 2010, New Jersey ranked 48th in the country for the number of eligible students participating in the free or reduced price breakfast program and, as a result, we were missing out on more than $22 million in federal funding. With the support of the Community Foundation behind the Food for Thought: School Breakfast campaign, New Jersey now ranks 28th – a higher and faster jump than any other state – with thousands more children starting the school day with a nutritious meal. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS ISSUE.

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You may also wish to support our general Changemaker Fund, which allows the Community Foundation to respond to future challenges. To support the Community Foundation’s Changemaker Projects, and become a “changemaker” yourself, contact Margarethe Laurenzi at 973-267-5533 or mlaurenzi@cfnj.org.

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