The Council once again participated in the annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) event on March 5 and 6. FOTH is a two-day legislative and public policy event in Washington DC for foundation staff, board members and philanthropic leaders. Joining the CNJG Delegation this year: Bill Byrnes/F.M. Kirby Foundation, Sam Crane/Essex Equity Management, Diane Hagerman/New Jersey Health Initiatives, Marco Navarro/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Nina Stack and Theresa Jacks/CNJG.
The annual visit provides an opportunity to share with our Senators, Congressmen and their staff the valuable work of foundations in our NJ communities, the Council’s support of a charitable giving incentive in the tax code, and how foundations are responding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The Council also communicates the message that the philanthropic sector is well poised to be a resource on key policy issues. CNJG met with eleven of 12 Congressional offices and both our Senators’ offices. Delegates were pleased to meet directly with Congressman Frelinghuysen, Congressman Runyan, and Congressman Lance.
Doug Schoenberger, Sam Crane, Congressman Frelinghuysen, Nina Stack and Bill Byrnes
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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.
Beginning immediately after Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey, The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has been working intensively to share information, resources, best practice strategies, and news relating to New Jersey’s relief and recovery efforts.
Please visit CNJG’s Post-Sandy Response section for a wealth of information relating to NJ’s Relief and Recovery effort along with NJ’s philanthropic response, best practice guides, nonprofits on the ground, latest news articles and announcements, and the audio recordings from Series I & II of the Post Sandy Funder Briefing Calls.