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Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal

2021 CNJG Membership Renewal

We are thankful for all of our members in 2020! You have helped make 2020 quite an active year for CNJG and the philanthropic community.

Membership renewal for 2021 is a bit different; we are no longer mailing renewal notices. The “primary contact” for each member was emailed their renewal notice in mid-October.

Because 2020 saw most of our members increase their giving due to the pandemic and racial equity work, the Board approved no increase for 2021 membership dues, and that members should base their 2021 dues on either:

“[CNJG has] done an amazing job of meeting people where they need to be in terms of providing additional resources and access to people in the know to help us navigate through very unchartered waters.”
-Margarethe Laurenzi, Community Foundation of New Jersey
  1. Your 2019 giving (pre-pandemic) or
  2. An average of the past three years in giving (2020, 2019, 2018).

This means for most members, your CNJG dues remain the same for the 2021 year, giving you some predictability for your budgets.

For additional criteria for dues calculations (ie. government agencies, sunsetting foundations, those headquartered outside the state, and other special circumstances), please visit the Membership Policies section of our join page.

The important thing for CNJG is knowing that you will renew. Of lesser importance to CNJG is when payment is received, but payment is appreciated before June 30. Please contact Craig Weinrich, Director of Member Services at 609-577-6273 to make alternative arrangements.

Leadership Gifts

Some members include an additional gift to help cover the costs of CNJG’s operations. Membership dues cover only 72% of our core operating costs. These welcome unrestricted funds help underwrite the many programs and services that CNJG provides to our members and the philanthropic sector.

Please indicate your additional leadership gift on the renewal notice when you return it.

2021 Renewal Timeline

“Engagement with other COVID funds throughout the state as we think about how to be most strategic have been really helpful to understand what others are doing and the implications of how we do our grantmaking activities.”
-Andy Fraizer, Community Foundation of South Jersey

• October 2020 – CNJG membership renewal process begins
• March 31, 2021 – CNJG membership renewal commitments due (payment is not necessarily due)
• June 30, 2021 – Dues should be paid by this date. Members that have not paid by this date, or indicated to CNJG that payment is forthcoming, will be considered lapsed and removed as members.

2021 Member Renewal Process

  1. Member renewal notices were emailed to your designated “primary contact.” If you have not received this, please let Craig know. You can also download a blank renewal notice here.
  2. Complete and return the renewal notice with either:
    The amount of dues you are paying (based on your giving outlined above) and when CNJG can anticipate the payment.
    Your pledge to pay at a later point in the year. We appreciate payment before July, but understand some members choose to pay later.
  3. If you need a payable invoice with an exact amount, please contact Craig with the amount to be invoiced. He will email that to you.
  4. If you need EFT/ACH information to send payment in a contactless way, please contact Craig.
  5. Return the renewal notice/invoice with payment or your pledge to renew by March 31.
  6. Update your contact information using the member profile document that was included in the initial email, or update this information on the website. The “administrative contact(s)” are able to do this on our website. Please contact Craig if you have any questions about this process.

Looking Ahead to 2022

“To see the Arts and Culture Recovery Fund spring up, that [idea] came up in a CNJG meeting. CNJG had a lot to do with that and enabled it to happen through its affinity group. I’ve also personally used the listserve much more to connect with other funders.”
-Porche Hardy, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Our expectation is that for 2022, we’ll ask members to base their giving on your past three years average, or on your 2021 giving. We will also include the annual 3% increase in dues. The annual increase was approved by the board back in 2016, but for reasons like the pandemic and our CEO transition, we have not added in this 3% increase every year.

Thank you for supporting CNJG as we strengthen and promote effective philanthropy throughout the state.