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More than 20 years ago, the Garden State’s philanthropic community began meeting informally to discuss issues of importance to grantmakers. In the late 1980s, fueled by the observation that philanthropy is more effective when grantmakers have a forum to communicate, exchange information, and take part in continuing education, CNJG was born.

By 1998, CNJG was an independent 501(c)(3) organization with a full-time executive director and approximately 80 members. In the years since, membership has grown to include more than 120 foundations, corporate giving programs, government and other public grantmaking organizations. Informal gatherings of likeminded individuals and organizations have been replaced by robust, highly valued seminars, convenings, workshops and conferences.

Extending Philanthropy's Contribution

Over the years, CNJG also actively engaged in a number of landmark initiatives including commissioning the first study of giving in the Garden State, NJ Gives, the first study of nonprofit health insurance provider conversions to for profit corporations, New Jersey Together (a major funder collaborative centered on youth development), a landmark effort looking at the systemic, long term fiscal challenges facing all levels of government in New Jersey entitled Facing Our Future, the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, and creation of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison position within our state’s largest city administration.


Recent News

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January 5, 2017

A collection of Nina Stack's letters to CNJG Members from the monthly newsletter.

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October 25, 2016

A regular contributor to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog, Nina's posts discuss issues critical to philanthropy today.

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October 4, 2016

Real lives are on the line. Nonprofits that provide critical services have already had to cut back staffing and program hours.

It’s been three months since Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order holding in reserve over $100 million that he had previously approved as part of the state budget package that he signed into law on June 30.

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April 28, 2016

“Changing Expectations for the Social Sector” is focus of May 24 conversation in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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February 1, 2016

Once again, NJBIZ is proud to honor New Jersey's most dynamic women in business with its Best 50 Women in Business awards. The Class of 2016 includes bankers, doctors, entrepreneurs and everyone in between. What they all have in common, however, is that they are leaders in the business community, influential in their companies and industries, and shaping New Jersey’s economic future.

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January 15, 2016

Grant makers and nonprofits have a new resource to help boost their effectiveness when communities face major disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. It includes information on community planning, rebuilding, legal services, housing, aiding vulnerable populations, and coordinating across local, state, and federal agencies.

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September 9, 2015

Read about the progress of the CNJG network through July 2015, in CNJG’s Mid-Year Memo to Members.

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July 9, 2015

This blog post is from Stephanie Holcomb, 2015 Public Policy Fellow for the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

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March 4, 2015

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers is pleased to release our annual look back at the Council’s robust programming, leadership initiatives and advocacy efforts.

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January 14, 2015

This blog post is fromTheresa Jacks, Deputy Director of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

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October 27, 2014

After careful consideration, the CNJG Leadership and Policy Committee recommended the Council’s Board of Trustees should adopt the following formal position:

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers supports simplification of the private foundation excise tax on net investment income to a flat rate.

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October 10, 2014

Looking to improve the collection and sharing of philanthropic data, the Foundation Center and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers (of which CNJG is a member) have entered into a partnership.

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September 10, 2014

Just released, CNJG's 2014 Mid-Year Memo to Members.

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May 1, 2014

An interview with Nina Stack, president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, about the business of philanthropy and how companies can make a difference.

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July 18, 2013

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has joined with our colleagues at the Center for Nonprofits to support a new, national campaign from GuideStar, Charity Navigator and WiseGiving of the BBB.

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June 13, 2013

This opinion piece is from Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

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February 27, 2013

On February 27, 2013, CNJG submitted a statement for the official record of the House Committee on Ways and Means hearing on the charitable deduction.

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May 16, 2012

Nina Stack, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, knows what is on the minds of people who give away money, both locally in New Jersey and nationwide. In this interview Nina tells us about her work with the Council and also what things are on the radar screens of grantmakers.

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March 12, 2012

Interview with Nina Stack, President of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

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January 22, 2012

Nina Stack has dreamed of being a philanthropist since long before she could probably even spell the word.

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January 19, 2012

NJToday interview featuring CNJG President Nina Stack.

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December 20, 2010

On November 19, 2010, New Jersey Nursing Initiative's convened a meeting, co-sponsored by the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to bring together new voices from vastly different organizations and industries to analyze challenges and brainstorm solutions.