July 18, 2017
The Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) today announced that its Morris County Committee has awarded $140,539 in grants to support the work of 18 local nonprofit organizations.
This critical funding will enable the nonprofits to continue making a positive impact, and is targeted at serving Morris County’s most vulnerable populations.
The grants were awarded to: Children on the Green to provide scholarships for children from homeless families to attend preschool and Zufall Health for nursing preceptorships and a Latino breast cancer support group, as well as CASA of Morris and Sussex, Cancer Hope Network, Cornerstone Family Programs, Deidre O’Brien Child Advocacy Center, Family Promise of Morris County, Healthy Eyes Alliance, Lake Drive Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, Mental Health Association of Morris County, Morris Arts, Preschool Advantage, Project Self-Sufficiency, and Vision Loss Alliance.
“Strong nonprofits support a healthier, more stable community,” said Hans Dekker, president of the Community Foundation. “We’re proud to provide this specialized philanthropic focus on Morris County, and to support organizations that are improving the life of Morris County residents every day, and for the long-term.”
The grant to Family Promise of Morris County will go to support the Hope One mobile outreach van, which travels around Morris County twice per week providing critical support to those suffering from addiction. The van is operated by the Morris County Sheriff’s Community Services Unit in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, and Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES).
The Community Foundation’s Morris County Committee was created and is sustained by philanthropic individuals, families, and businesses who wish to support the overall, long-term well-being of people in Morris County. The Committee stewards the charitable legacies of its donors in perpetuity, providing a permanent philanthropic resource for the area.
The Community Foundation also manages a Mercer County Committee and a Monmouth County Committee, as well as a number of legacy funds that are focused on original donors’ preferred charities, causes, or geographic areas.
“Through the Morris County Committee, the Community Foundation is able to focus on issues at a more local level,” said Nancy Magee, Program Officer at the Community Foundation. “This enables us to better hear and respond to the needs of specific neighborhoods.”
About the Community Foundation of New Jersey
Since 1979, individuals and businesses have opened charitable funds at the Community Foundation of New Jersey to fulfill their charitable goals and craft their philanthropic legacies. These Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds have granted tens of millions of dollars each year, and enabled the Foundation to launch its own Changemaker Projects that are improving New Jersey and its dynamic communities. The Foundation’s funds currently hold over $400 million in charitable assets and made over 5,000 grants last year to charitable work in New Jersey and around the world.