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Community Foundation Announces $55,000 in Grants to Non-Profits Serving Companion Animals

October 24, 2023 The Community Foundation of New Jersey today announced fourteen grants totaling $55,000 to non-profit organizations that support companion animals. The funding is made available by the Great Companions Fund, a legacy fund at the Community Foundation. Organizations receiving funding include: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter – Community Outreach’s CASA (Companion Animal Support and Assistance) program.…

What’s Up (or Down) with Literacy in New Jersey?

The drop in reading scores of US children post-COVID dominated the headlines in Summer 2023 – with reading scores down in nearly every state. In this episode of Jersey Gives a Damn, we seek to understand why. “Dire,” “jarring,” and “ominous” is how one report talks about reading proficiency in New Jersey.…

Emergency Response: Israel & Gaza

Many fundholders have reached out seeking guidance on effective ways to give in response to the crisis in Israel and Gaza. Below are organizations doing important work to help. We are available to talk with fundholders about the response at any time.…

Alma García Chosen to lead New Jersey Health Initiatives

The Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) and Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) today announced the appointment of Alma García as program director for New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI), a signature program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The two community foundations are partners with RWJF in the co-creation and implementation of NJHI to advance a culture of health in NJ, “where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”…

Help those affected by Hawaii wildfires

Devastating wildfires in Hawaii have killed more than 100 people and destroyed countless homes and businesses. Many fundholders are responding to critical needs in Hawaii and we are pleased to recommend these vetted charities:   The Maui Strong Fund from Hawaiʻi Community Foundation supports rapid response, food, shelter, and financial assistance for residents impacted by the wildfires on Maui.…

Making it fun: Tips for teaching children about philanthropy

Over the years, you’ve probably taught your young children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews lessons along the lines of “share and share alike” and “better to give than to receive.” But how do you transition these lessons into more concrete instruction about charitable giving, without risking the youngest members of your family becoming overwhelmed or bored?…

Hooey Scholar at UConn: “Where I was meant to be”

August 17, 2023 Megan Flynn’s non-linear college career took her to several colleges, but the University of Connecticut, where the New Jerseyan graduated this Spring, was “where I was meant to be,” she says. Thanks to a generous scholarship from the Austin O.…

Wilhelmina Holder Student Assistance Fund Launched at Community Foundation

August 16, 2023 The Community Foundation of New Jersey today announced the creation of the Wilhelmina Holder Student Assistance Fund, which will provide support for Newark students attending post-secondary programs who have unexpected costs not covered by financial aid. Students will also receive counseling and workshops to ensure stability in their programs.…