You are here

CNJG's 2017 Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon

Friday, December 15, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:30pm
The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Add to Calendar

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers cordially invites you to join staff and trustees representing grantmaking organizations across the state for a signature event for New Jersey’s philanthropic community.

This year our featured speaker will be Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University – Newark. Dr. Cantor recently co-edited an inspiring collection of essays, Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society. This thoughtful and transformative piece makes the case that our diverse culture is not only good for our country, but is essential and advantageous to a prosperous democratic nation. Chancellor Cantor’s keynote will help us unpack these concepts to discover the wisdom in these ideas and how our nation is indeed the better for it.

The “pre-meeting workshop” that we offer just prior to the lunch, will be just as compelling. We are bringing in the Alliance for Justice, the nation’s leading trainers in helping grantmakers understand the rules for advocacy work. We have a number of members asking us to provide this type of workshop as they explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts, and perhaps engage in advocacy themselves.

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Pre-Meeting Workshop: Foundations and Advocacy: Understand the Rules and Misconceptions
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Networking and Registration
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Luncheon and Business Meeting

Pre-Meeting Workshop: Foundations and Advocacy: Understand the Rules and Misconceptions
From talk of repealing the Johnson Amendment (to allow nonprofit electioneering) and massive shifts in longstanding Federal policy to proposed elimination of entire government funding programs - private foundations need to understand how best to respond for the issues they care about. This often means advocacy and policy related work, though there are many misconceptions about what private foundations can and can’t do to support their grantees.

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers will partner with the Alliance for Justice/Bolder Advocacy (AFJ/BA) to provide grantmaker advocacy education. This series begins with the 2017 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon’s PreMeeting Workshop, and continues in early 2018 with two webinars. The Pre-Meeting Workshop will provide an overview of activities that constitute advocacy, lobbying, and public policy work; explore the various advocacy roles and rules for foundations; and generally explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Advocacy can play a crucial role in a foundation’s stated mission. As government at all levels are considering policy that impact our communities, foundations and their grantees need to be engaged more than ever. Advocacy is often one of the most effective strategies in the philanthropy toolbox.

Luncheon and Workshop: $100 per person
Luncheon Only: $85 per person
Workshop Only: $35 per person

NonMember Grantmakers
Luncheon and Workshop: $200 per person
Luncheon Only: $145 per person

Lunch options will include chicken, fish or vegetarian entrée. Please indicate choice and any dietary restrictions when registering. 

RSVP by Friday, December 8, 2017. Cancellations made before December 8 will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations made after December 8, though you may send a substitute if you are unable to attend (please notify us if this will occur). Registration closes Wednesday, December 13th at 5 p.m.
For questions or more information, please call 609.341.2022 x4205.
We are pleased to offer this meeting for grantmakers only.

Article of Interest
CNJG Through the Years pictorial


Signature Sponsor

Sustaining Sponsor

Gift Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Performance Sponsor



Article of Interest
A University That Prioritizes the Students Who Are Often Ignored - A spotlight piece on Rutgers University – Newark and Chancellor Nancy Cantor
Don't CEOs Understand That Racial Inequality Is Bad for Business?

Event Type: