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  • Improving Access to Fresh, Affordable Foods | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    physical activity Newark s 283 000 residents currently have little access to nutritious affordable fresh fruits and vegetables Only three full size supermarkets operate in the city and Newark residents report a scarcity in supermarkets stocked with nutritious food products The South and West Wards the city s most underserved neighborhoods are not served by full sized supermarkets or farmers markets Lack of fresh foods access is linked to troubling statistics for individuals of color and low income individuals A multi state study found that wealthy neighborhoods have over three times as many supermarkets as low wealth neighborhoods and predominantly white neighborhoods have four times as many supermarkets as predominantly black neighborhoods Nationwide about 44 of Latino and 40 of African American youth are overweight and obesity rates are three times above average in low income districts The State of New Jersey has the highest rate of obesity in 2 5 year old children in the country and about 56 of its residents are at risk for obesity related illness In 2004 the City of Newark WIC Program found that 18 2 of children under age 2 were overweight higher than both the national average of 13 6 and state average of 16 8 Similarly 20 8 of children over age 2 were found to be overweight When grocery stores and other fresh food retailers such as farmers markets are present they have a direct impact on residents patterns of consumption a 2002 study found that black Americans fruit and vegetable intake increased by 32 for each additional supermarket in the census tract Farmers markets have an even more dramatic effect another study found that women who had access to farmers markets consumed more fruits and vegetables than women who had access only to supermarkets BCDC anticipates launching the Fresh

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/improving-access-fresh-affordable-foods (2016-05-01)
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  • $5 Million Prisoner Re-entry Initiative for New Jersey and Newark | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    of the philanthropic institutions said Mayor Cory Booker We established the office of the philanthropic liaison underwritten by the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to help create stronger connections with funders The matching grants from the private sector show that these efforts are working The foundation community is delighted to partner with strong government leadership and the city s philanthropic liaison in addressing the challenges faced by the growing numbers of men and women re entering society said William H Byrnes Jr program officer with the F M Kirby Foundation and trustee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers Over the past three years the United States Department of Labor has been the lead agency for implementing the federal government s Prisoner Reentry Initiative This grant will enable Newark to build on the success of the President s Prisoner Reentry Initiative and provide over 1 200 ex offenders with basic job skills and other assistance to help them succeed in developing new career paths said U S Secretary of Labor Eliane L Chao The combined 5 million award will enable the City to strengthen and expand services via a network of partners working through a one stop center Opportunity Reconnect at Essex County College The goal of the grant is keep people working help employers find workers and keep families safe by successfully integrating ex prisoners back into their communities through a comprehensive system of services including case management mentoring skills assessment and referrals to health care providers State and local agencies will be coordinated to strengthen the city s network and avoid duplication of efforts We ve managed to make funders more aware of the barriers that prevent ex prisoners from being successful said Jeremy Johnson Newark s philanthropic liaison Grantmakers have become increasingly involved as a result Read

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/5-million-prisoner-re-entry-initiative-new-jersey-and-newark (2016-05-01)
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  • A Partnership for Newark's Children and Families | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Ironbound Children s Center and Vailsburg Child Development Center already had strong programs and recognized leadership The funders believed that the extra support would enable them to improve the quality of their programs serve as exemplars for other programs in the city and provide teachers and parents tangible evidence of what quality looks like The Schumann Fund participated in the collaborative for a number of reasons First we understood the value of high quality early childhood education to children s later success in school and in the workforce We knew that many of the community based programs in Newark had been operating for years with insufficient resources We viewed the Abbott decision which requires that the state s 31 poorest school districts make high quality well planned preschool available to every three and four year old in those districts as an opportunity to expand access to preschool and improve it significantly We recognized that our investment in quality improvement could be sustained by the operating funds that the state and districts were providing to the preschool programs Second each collaborating funder brought different strengths knowledge of early childhood policy and evaluation expertise in community economic development and long term commitment to community service organizations in Newark Third we believed that by working together we could more effectively use our finite resources We could make it possible for grantees to focus on quality improvement rather than raising monies from separate funders Participating grantmakers helped to develop the project s framework and encouraged their colleagues to consider supporting it Finally we believed that by modeling collaboration among ourselves we could encourage greater collaboration among our grantees There were challenges of course Each grantmaker had different guidelines reporting requirements and timetables and processes for reviewing proposals Some were able to make multi year grants others were not Several changed their guidelines or operating approach during the course of the project and were not able to continue funding it for the entire six years During its initial phase some elements of the original proposal changed including the evaluation process and timeline It took longer for the project to get off the ground than we originally anticipated But ultimately the trust that was established between all of the involved parties enabled us to approve the changes in the operations and timeline The Lighthouse project achieved its original goals of supporting quality improvements in all of the participating programs The Association for Children of New Jersey and New Jersey Community Capital provided excellent technical assistance and planning support and identified obstacles to quality improvement that needed to be addressed through policy advocacy In addition the directors of two of the three programs have become effective leaders in Newark s early childhood community and have presented their experiences with this project to national audiences This effort required us to commit time and expertise in addition to money It takes more effort to collaborate than it does to work in our conventional way but it is worth it

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/partnership-newarks-children-and-families (2016-05-01)
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  • Funders Partner to Strengthen Newark Schools | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Reentry A group of 30 grantmakers and Newark officials gathered on April 28 at the offices of the Charles Edison Fund to get a close up look at the City s strategies to address the growing issue of prisoner reentry one of Mayor Booker s key priorities Newark faces an influx of 1 500 2 000 men and women every year returning from incarceration At the same time 15 000 20 000 individuals are currently on probation or parole in Essex County the majority in Newark Funders seeking to positively impact the city and its residents have a vested interest in helping to improve prospects for the rising number of incarcerated persons returning home The challenges are complex and intertwined with issues of public safety job creation and job readiness family reunification and fatherhood access to housing and addiction services and vigilant case management Cornell Brooks executive director of the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice gave an overview of the barriers which prevent ex prisoners from successfully reentering society Among the most burdensome hurdles are prohibitions on conditional driver s licenses and inflexible fine payment plans Such measures effectively close the doors to viable employment options upon release Another barrier is the effect of exorbitant surcharges on collect telephone calls from prison The high charges contribute to the erosion of family ties during incarceration thereby reducing successful family reunification post release Richard Greenwald an executive on loan to the City from the Manhattan Institute cited the importance of creating transitional jobs immediately upon release as a proven means of reducing recidivism Wanda Moore Director of the Prisoner Reentry explained the need to mobilize and organize multiple nonprofit and government partners to better serve ex prisoners She described Opportunity Reconnect a one stop center operated by the City which is

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/news/funders-partner-strengthen-newark-schools (2016-05-01)
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  • Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings - Series 1 | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Study News Grant Seekers You are here Home Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings Series 1 Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings Series 1 This weekly conference call series welcomed New Jersey based grantmakers along with national funders and provided an opportunity for grantmakers to hear from a wide range of experts in the field of disaster philanthropy This series started on November 5 2012 one week after Sandy struck New Jersey and continued through March 25 2013 The audio files of each recording are listed below Update from The President s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force 3 25 13 Environmental Justice Issues 3 18 13 Update from the Governor s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding Universal Design 3 11 13 Governor Mrs Christie s Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Report on Ocean Monmouth Tour 3 4 13 Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup Vermont Community Foundation 2 25 13 NJ Recovery Fund and Post Sandy Environmental Issues and Challenges 2 11 13 Housing Issues Related to Natural Disasters and Post Hurricane Sandy 2 4 13 FEMA s Long Term Recovery and Capacity Building Team 1 28 13 Reports from NJ s Long Term Recovery Groups and Environmental Leaders Meeting 1 14 13 Stewart Sarkozy Banoczy Director of the Office of International Philanthropic Innovation 1 7 13 Dr April Naturale Mental Health Issues Resulting from Disasters 12 17 12 Peter Kasabach Executive Director of New Jersey Future 12 10 12 Byron Mason of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services 12 3 12 Coordination Updates on the Philanthropic Response to Hurricane Sandy A Webinar for Funders and Regional Associations Nationwide 11 28 12 VIEW HERE Held by Philanthropy New York in partnership with Nina Stack Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and Elisabeth Hyleck The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers John Grady Davies

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/post-sandy-funder-briefing-call-recordings-series-1 (2016-05-01)
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  • Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings - Series 2 | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Jersey Gives South Jersey Board Bank New Jersey Together Get on the Map Policy Foundations on the Hill Conversations with the Cabinet PolicyWorks OMB Uniform Guidance Healthcare Conversion Study News Grant Seekers You are here Home Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings Series 2 Post Sandy Funder Briefing Call Recordings Series 2 This weekly conference call series welcomed New Jersey based grantmakers along with national funders and provided an opportunity for grantmakers to hear from a wide range of experts in the field of disaster philanthropy This series started on September 9 2013 and concluded on November 4 2013 The audio files of each recording are listed below What Philanthropy Has Learned One Year After Sandy 11 4 13 Mental Health Needs in Aftermath of Sandy 10 28 13 Post Sandy Housing Planning Resiliency Initiatives 10 21 13 Post Sandy Environmental Issues and Climate Change Effects on NJ 10 7 13 NJ Dept of Community Affairs Sandy Recovery Programs with Stacy Bonnaffons 9 30 13 Long Term Recovery Issues and Strategies 9 23 13 Update on Statewide Progress of Long Term Recovery 9 16 13 With the Group Chairs from Bergen Cumberland Monmouth Counties along with Cathy McCann President of

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/post-sandy-funder-briefing-call-recordings-series-2 (2016-05-01)
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  • Private Funder Briefing on Sandy Recovery at 18 Months | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    that were caught in its wake particularly when it comes to housing hunger and mental health needs With reports of Jersey Shore food pantries serving 2 000 residents a week far exceeding historical demand and the end of mental health programs for storm victims we know many of our philanthropic leaders want a better understanding of the current state of our recovery so they may respond more appropriately and strategically Join us for a funder only site visit with the leadership of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and the OceanFirst Foundation to hear directly from community and nonprofit leaders who are working on recovery efforts daily From Bergen County through Cumberland County long term recovery committee members mental health providers food pantry and social service executives housing advocates and others will offer insights into how the recovery is evolving what the needs are now and trends they see for the future Those who participated in CNJG s two previous site visit bus tours found the experience of learning directly from the nonprofit leaders invaluable This will be a fast paced 3 hour gathering with a variety of presentations based in one location the Oyster Point Hotel Red Bank We look forward to being able to provide another substantive Post Sandy Funder briefing for the philanthropic community CNJG Members and Non Member Grantmakers 15 a light breakfast will be provided The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers thanks the JBJ Soul Foundation and the OceanFirst Foundation for helping to underwrite the cost of this program Video Excerpt Welcome Personal Stories Video Excerpt Insights from Service Providers Video Excerpt Long Term Recovery Group Discussion View Photographs from the event Resources NJ s Housing Needs 18 Months After Sandy Presentation pdf Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group Presentation pdf Bergen County Voluntary Organizations

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/node/113 (2016-05-01)
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  • 2013 New Jersey Conference for the Social Sector: Our Shared Road Ahead-Sandy and Beyond | Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
    Asbury Park Add to Calendar This year at the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers biennial Spring Conference for the Social Sector we will explore challenges for the social sector as our state recovers and rebuilds from Hurricane Sandy Working effectively with local county and state government leveraging financial and other assets and understanding the concept of patient capital are just a few of the important topics meaningful to grantmakers and nonprofits dealing with recovery efforts or not that will be covered We will also explore how funders and nonprofits not directly impacted by the disaster can continue to advance their important issues and causes We are not in this alone Join us as we learn from our colleagues who have first hand experience in post disaster recovery and strengthen New Jersey s already formidable cohesive social sector AGENDA 8 30 a m to 9 15 a m Registration Networking and Resource Marketplace 9 15 a m to 11 00 a m Breakfast Plenary Session Peering Into the Crystal Ball Lessons for the Next Phase 11 00 a m to 11 15 a m Networking and Resource Marketplace 11 15 a m to 12 45 p m Morning Concurrent Sessions Out of the Spotlight Non Tourist Communities Sponsored by Citi Patient Capital Banking on Long Term Results Sponsored by TD Bank The Ripple Effect The Unexpected Impact Sponsored by Subaru 12 45 p m to 2 15 p m World Café Luncheon Plenary Gathering 2 15 p m to 2 45 p m Networking and Resource Marketplace 2 45 p m to 4 00 p m Afternoon Concurrent Sessions Working Effectively with Government Sponsored by TD Bank Speaking Up Getting Your Story Told Sponsored by Citi Beyond Money How Philanthropy Can Leverage More Sponsored by Provident Bank Foundation 4 00 p

    Original URL path: http://cnjg.org/events/2013Conference (2016-05-01)
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