MWWPR’s Dawn Lauer, Impact NJ’s Michael Murphy Join Community Foundation Board

January 18, 2019

The Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) today announced that Dawn Lauer of MWWPR and Michael Murphy, former Morris County Prosecutor and co-founder of Impact NJ, have joined its Board of Trustees.

As Executive Vice President and Managing Director of B2B Communications at MWWPR, Dawn Lauer has built the agency’s Business to Business practice from the ground up and today oversees strategic programming for a range of public, private and not-for profit clients across all aspects of brand building.

Lauer developed the agency’s proprietary brand positioning methodology, StoryCore™, and her work is recognized as “the corporate voice” behind many of the world’s most recognized brands in aviation, healthcare, professional and financial services, and technology, including JetBlue, Pfizer, Deloitte, Hughes Network Systems, America Abroad Media and many others.

“The Community Foundation of New Jersey and its fundholders are driving meaningful and lasting change for some of the state’s most pressing challenges, and I am proud to be part of it,” said Lauer. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff to ensure the magnitude of the Community Foundation’s impact on everything from food deserts to our state’s juvenile justice system is understood and felt by all.”

A former Morris County Prosecutor and candidate for Governor, Michael Murphy has been influencing policy in New Jersey for more than three decades. His tenure as Morris County’s top law enforcement official included numerous high-profile convictions as well as the creation of the Morris County Bias Crimes Unit and the county’s first Human Relations Commission. These experiences, as well as those lessons learned from his stepfather, former Governor and Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes, make Murphy a sought-after attorney and lobbyist at the firm he co-founded, Impact NJ, LLC. A former Chair of the Garden State Preservation Trust, Murphy specializes in land use planning, product liability, and civil and corporate litigation.

“The breadth of the Community Foundation’s work makes it an invaluable resource in our state,” said Michael Murphy. “Connecting the work of its fundholders with the policies and policymakers who can amplify this collective impact is one of the Community Foundation’s priorities and I am eager to help make that happen.”

About the Community Foundation of New Jersey

The Community Foundation of New Jersey educates and engages the people of New Jersey on the power of charitable giving to effect positive change in our communities. Since its founding in 1979, the Community Foundation has counseled New Jersey families and businesses on how to use philanthropic funds to target and increase the impact of their giving in the areas that matter most to them. These more than 1,100 Legacy Funds and Donor Advised Funds grant tens of millions of dollars each year, and have enabled the Community Foundation to launch its own Changemaker Projects that are improving New Jersey and its dynamic communities. The Community Foundation’s funds currently hold over $425 million in charitable assets and grant an average of more than $30 million each year to charitable work in New Jersey and around the world.