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  • What Every Grantmaker Should Know and Frequently Asked Legal Questions | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    the Hill Conversations with the Cabinet PolicyWorks OMB Uniform Guidance Healthcare Conversion Study News Grant Seekers You are here Home Resources What Every Grantmaker Should Know and Frequently Asked Legal Questions What Every Grantmaker Should Know and Frequently Asked Legal Questions Publication Date 12 2010 This guide was designed to help the state s philanthropic community understand their ethical legal and fiduciary requirements and obligations Resource Type CNJG Documents Reports

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/node/217 (2016-05-01)
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  • 5 Ways That Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Has Engaged Philanthropy in New Jersey’s Largest City | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Public Safety Mayor Baraka has long understood violence to be a public health issue He has won praise for a constant rhythm of neighborhood events summits and youth presentations to address violence Local funders have rallied around several prongs of the Mayor s initiatives For example CNJG members funded a cross sector retreat to coalesce multiple public safety partners working in the city That retreat has led to the creation of the Safer Newark Council committed to inter connected solutions to reduce violent crime and improve perceptions of safety An accompanying funder supported initiative is the Newark Community Street Team The team comprises 15 outreach workers in the South Ward Model Neighborhood Initiative They are assisting approximately 100 individuals to stabilize their lives and turn away from a life of crime through mentoring life skills and case management 2 Education Communities Schools Read and Believe As a former principal Mayor Baraka has been outspoken on the critical role of education in Newarkers lives His appointment of Dr Lauren Wells as Chief Education Officer in the Office of Comprehensive Community Education has helped inaugurate long term and short term public private efforts Dr Wells has written how community schools help mitigate the impacts of poverty on students and provide an environment that can greatly improve schools Launching community schools will necessitate early support from the funding community Encouraging discussions are underway among neighborhood residents funders and education leaders Read and Believe a literacy focused initiative imagines a city that takes on literacy as a communal cause The umbrella campaign includes among several programs My Very Own Library CNJG members including the Foundation for Newark s Future as well as Rutgers individual donors and Scholastic s Summer Reading Challenge enabled MVOL to serve 27 000 Newark Public School students in grades K 8 students Each child selected four free books to take home for summer break 3 Centers of Hope The Centers of Hope are nine community based centers in all five of Newark s wards that allow access to City services wellness and enrichment opportunities where people live and work Four centers have opened thus far some focusing on young women special needs entrepreneurship and municipal ID access All offer a variety of after school athletic arts and culture educational environmental healthy living free WiFi and recreation programming to engage children and families 4 My Brother s Keeper Newark The Mayor s My Brother s Keeper Newark initiative is part of a nationwide White House led campaign to empower boys and men of color and strengthen the systems that ensure their success MBKN s goals are dependent on cross sector partnerships data mining and a combination of policy and direct service projects CNJG members have provided seed funding for the MBKN s initial roundtables forums and on ramping initiatives Most notable was a Young Men of Color and Law Enforcement forum at Central High School designed to address issues that damage the relationship between African American and Latino youth and law

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  • Strengthening Philanthropy in Newark | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    in Newark Thursday January 8 2015 We are pleased to share Strengthening Philanthropy in Newark Report to the Field 2013 2014 from the Office of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison First established in 2007 the Liaison office represents one of the nation s first formal partnerships between a city and the philanthropic community The initiative began as a partnership between the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in collaboration with then Mayor Cory A Booker We are proud this unique partnership continues with Mayor Ras Baraka and his new administration The report highlights a number of public private partnerships guided by Liaison Jeremy Johnson More than 50 million have been aligned and leveraged from public and philanthropic resources supporting initiatives ranging from education to healthy homes to workforce development The Office of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison is supported by Bank of America The Foundation for Newark s Future Geraldine R Dodge Foundation The Nicholson Foundation The MCJ Amelior Foundation The Prudential Foundation Schumann Foundation for New Jersey Turrell Fund and Victoria Foundation Funding Area Newark Funders Recent News JPMorgan Chase Named Top U S Company for Diversity PMorgan Chase has gone above and beyond its peers in diversity and inclusion efforts according to one measure released Tuesday Read more Crowdfunding with OceanFirst Foundation The OceanFirst Foundation s 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge is live on Crowdrise Read more Horizon Foundation Gives 25K Toward Newark Water Woes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey s philanthropic arm the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey contributed 25 000 toward the Newark Water Fund which helps provide bottled water for Newark Public Schools as well as tests lead exposure of students Read more The New Jersey Council for the Humanities Announces New Grant Program New grant categories continue NJCH s long history of project based funding

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/strengthening-philanthropy-newark (2016-05-01)
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  • Newark Mayor Meets with CNJG Membership | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Newark Philanthropic Liaison Jeremy Johnson far left to organize a convening with the Newark group co chaired by Etta Denk of Bank America second from left and Barbara Reisman of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey third from left Irene Cooper Basch far right Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and Executive Officer at the Victoria Foundation introduced the Mayor to more than 50 grantmakers who attended the session at the PSEG headquarters in downtown Newark Rick Thigpen not pictured Vice President State Government Affairs at PSEG welcomed the Mayor and Grantmakers to the company s conference center Mayor Baraka talked about new interventions for youth at risk and targeting crime in hot spots in the city He said increased literacy would help get to the core of many of Newark s problems During the questions and answer period the Mayor elaborated on his proposed response to the budget the arts downtown development prisoner reentry early childhood education and the city s relation to Newark Public Schools He thanked grantmakers for their contributions to The Blueprint for a New Newark a document of transition recommendations The Newark Funders Group is an affinity group of CNJG and meets quarterly The group s activities include an active Education Subcommittee Early Learners Funders Group and College Access and Success committee Funding Area Newark Funders Recent News JPMorgan Chase Named Top U S Company for Diversity PMorgan Chase has gone above and beyond its peers in diversity and inclusion efforts according to one measure released Tuesday Read more Crowdfunding with OceanFirst Foundation The OceanFirst Foundation s 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge is live on Crowdrise Read more Horizon Foundation Gives 25K Toward Newark Water Woes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey s philanthropic arm the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey contributed

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/newark-mayor-meets-cnjg-membership (2016-05-01)
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  • Newark Selected to Participate in Postsecondary Education Attainment Strategy | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    announced a second cohort of communities including Newark NJ to participate in an initiative to increase the number of local residents who hold postsecondary credentials The partnership with Lumina will provide support and technical assistance for a new consortium the Newark City of Learning Collaborative NCLC which has set as its goal that 25 of Newark residents will have high quality college degrees and credentials by 2025 In 2011 local funders discovered a dearth of philanthropic investments in college access and success We recognized that even among the Newark students who were getting into college there were huge dropout rates before students completed their first year said Jeremy Johnson Newark Philanthropic Liaison and Co chair of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative Lumina s support of the Collaborative will help us figure out the barriers address interventions and build a robust collective of partners to share data measure success and provide feedback for mid course corrections along the way said Dale Anglin Victoria Foundation Program Officer and also Co chair of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative Newark funders working through the Newark Philanthropic Liaison initiative have been instrumental in moving the NCLC forward Read the press release from Lumina Foundation Funding Area Educational Newark Funders Recent News JPMorgan Chase Named Top U S Company for Diversity PMorgan Chase has gone above and beyond its peers in diversity and inclusion efforts according to one measure released Tuesday Read more Crowdfunding with OceanFirst Foundation The OceanFirst Foundation s 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge is live on Crowdrise Read more Horizon Foundation Gives 25K Toward Newark Water Woes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey s philanthropic arm the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey contributed 25 000 toward the Newark Water Fund which helps provide bottled water for Newark Public Schools as

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/newark-selected-participate-postsecondary-education-attainment-strategy (2016-05-01)
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  • CNJG’s Newark Liaison Featured in National Magazine | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    12 2014 In the December issue of Governing magazine a national trade publication a featured article But what did Cory Booker actually accomplish in Newark cites the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and Jeremy Johnson the Newark Philanthropic Liaison in connection with the public private partnership to establish the Newark Office of Reentry Among the highlights the article reports Booker s strategy for seeking help took many forms It wasn t just about selling the city to businesses It also meant leveraging financial support from the philanthropic sector To do so the city hired a philanthropy liaison Jeremy Johnson whose position is paid for by an outside funder the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Newark is one of the only places in the country to designate someone on staff with the explicit role of engaging foundations for the funding of public projects You really need the leader of your city to believe that philanthropy can help and can work in tandem with government Johnson says Newark Funders continue to be committed these goals meeting with Newark mayoral candidates in December to discuss their ongoing efforts and the role of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison Read the full article here Recent News JPMorgan Chase Named Top U S Company for Diversity PMorgan Chase has gone above and beyond its peers in diversity and inclusion efforts according to one measure released Tuesday Read more Crowdfunding with OceanFirst Foundation The OceanFirst Foundation s 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge is live on Crowdrise Read more Horizon Foundation Gives 25K Toward Newark Water Woes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey s philanthropic arm the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey contributed 25 000 toward the Newark Water Fund which helps provide bottled water for Newark Public Schools as well as tests lead exposure of students Read

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/cnjg-s-newark-liaison-featured-national-magazine (2016-05-01)
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  • Newark Collaboratives Target Common Goals | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Reconnect OR consortia meets weekly at Essex County College the site of OR s comprehensive one stop center that offers ex prisoners an array of services from dozens of organizations and agencies OR s strength lies in its ability to create partnerships and memorandums of understanding among for profit government contractors community based groups and government agencies The shared protocols are having a profound effect on the City s ability to provide efficient and effective services for thousands of returning inmates each month The agreements are enabling the City to respond to RFPs from both private and federal sources to strengthen the capacity of OR and its effect on public safety The City welcomes participation of grantmakers to further leverage the strength of these proposals and maximize OR s continued growth Interagency Collaboration for Addiction Treatment This informal collaborative of nonprofits faith based groups government agencies and funding partners meets regularly at Integrity House a long term residential and outpatient treatment program Integrity House is the lead agency for the United Way s Bridge to Recovery a consortium effort of over 200 agencies dedicated to helping those with addiction problems Among ICAT s goals is the creation of a central Newark facility to handle all intake referral and screening of individuals in need of detox The group is also seeking to link and combine databases among agencies for better support of clients who often include the homeless and ex prisoners A number of legislative barriers prevent some persons from receiving aid to cover costs of addiction treatment These persons often end up in hospital emergency rooms or under the jurisdiction of law enforcement ICAT is looking at ways to advocate for policy changes that would provide the additional preventive care funding to remedy these situations Green Future Summit Working Groups Mayor Booker has called for the City to become a leader in urban sustainability by implementing economic and environmental strategies that will make Newark a safer wealthier and healthier place for its children and families Under the auspices of Apollo Alliance a national organization a team of allies is developing an agenda and recruiting participants for the Green Future Summit in Newark on September 11 12 Pre summit planning sessions have involved a coalition of businesses government leaders environmental groups community based organizations and grantmakers The coalition has divided into working groups focused on three areas green buildings green space and green economic development jobs The working groups are now drafting roadmaps and defining concrete measurable goals and strategies for each issue area e g retrofit 100 homes They are also securing commitments from stakeholders on how they will work to meet these goals The groups communicate through listservs and periodic check in calls as they shape the Summit agenda recruit speakers and build the relationships necessary to carry their work forward to develop a roadmap for the City Members of the CNJG are playing an active role in the Summit and additional partners are welcome CNJG members can gather

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  • Observations on “Newark Symphony Hall Reimagined” | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    to its former glory The planners are on the right track engaging experts philanthropists historians residents educators government and corporate leaders and arts and nonprofit groups However to justify the outlay of millions in public private funds during these economic times Newark Symphony Hall NSH will need to frame this nascent campaign beyond that of the restoration of another culturally important edifice Sure the arts and history will play an important role in its rebirth but for this effort to be truly achievable sustainable and worthwhile NSH should consider Jobs jobs jobs Can the renovation preservation retrofitting and weatherization of NSH be implemented as a job training laboratory for Newark workers to gain skills in green trades This experience can then be exported to the broader community where workers can help green energy inefficient homes and buildings throughout Newark and the region NSH which has a long term lease with the city could join forces with the Mayor in attracting public and private investment for green job development and energy saving initiatives Natural allies in this effort would be Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District LPCCD which is achieving inroads with green job training or the Obama endorsed YouthBuild which has a strong outpost in Newark Education Through the Amistad Commission the state now requires that African American history be taught as in integral part of United States History Such history resonates at NSH Think of Paul Robeson Mahalia Jackson Nina Simone or Marian Anderson who performed more at NSH than any other hall during her first years of touring she was the first black artist to perform at NSH in the 1940s School systems could be encouraged to subscribe to annual NSH tours and learn of this rich history providing ancillary income to NSH while also instilling invaluable lessons to our youth Space usage Think creatively about use of the Hall s enormous spaces Possibilities could range from the creation of New Jersey s largest green roof to rental possibilities for space starved charter schools and after school programs Think big was the advice of Larry Goldman President and CEO of NJPAC Could NSH be re imagined as the nation s largest LEED certified renovated historic theater designed on a template of green job apprenticeships for urban residents Secure the right leadership Philip Thomas NSH s estimable executive director and the growing board mustn t fall prey to provincialism nor favoritism as it outlines a formidable mission development and operational plans for this initiative Call on leadership from within the community but also from beyond it This project is regional and even national in scope and it should be approached as such Finally leverage partnerships Tap the expertise of higher education institutions Rutgers historian and Newarker Clement Price who spoke at the convening is a terrific example Historic and cultural agencies are obvious partners but also seek out federal and state sources such as departments of labor transportation energy education human services bureau of justice and organized labor Thomas stated

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