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CNJG's 2018 Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon

CNJG's 2018 Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon

Friday, December 14, 2018 -
10:00am to 2:30pm EST
APA Hotel Woodbridge, 120 S Wood Ave, Iselin, NJ 08830
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Thank you to everyone who attended CNJG’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon. It was a pleasure seeing so many grantmakers in one room!

The theme for the 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon was “Living Out Your Mission”.

A foundation’s mission, vision, and values are powerful tools that, when used most effectively, can guide everyday responsibilities, principal decisions, and needed changes. Our pre-meeting workshop and a keynote presentation featuring CNJG members focused on crucial areas of philanthropies’ operations — grantmaking and beyond — to help you live out your mission.

A panel of CNJG members discussed how their organizations live their mission and vision in areas beyond grantmaking. Panelists explored how foundations can engage with their communities, tap into their grantees’ knowledge, help staff communicate and implement the mission internally and externally, and strengthen board members’ ability to champion organizational vision. Representing the breadth of philanthropy in our state, our panel featured:
Andrew Johnson
Director, Watershed Protection Program, William Penn Foundation
Annette Strickland
Executive Director, The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
Brooke Van Roekel
Director, Brand Engagement, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nelida Valentin
Vice President, Grants and Programs, Princeton Area Community Foundation
Connie Ludwin
CNJG Interim COO and Senior Director, Taft Communications, moderated the panel.

To help you gain the most from your foundation’s core values, CNJG partnered with PEAK Grantmaking on a pre-meeting workshop where you explored how to align values with grantmaking practices through careful questioning, collaborative efforts, and sharing your foundation’s story.

When everything clicks, grantmaking is just one expression of a foundation’s values. In many other ways, you can fulfill your organization’s aspirations and promote public confidence in how the philanthropic sector fulfills its critical work.

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  New Member Orientation
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Pre-Meeting Workshop
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: "Walking the Talk: Putting Values-Based Grantmaking into Practice"
Presented by Michelle Greanias, Executive Director of PEAK Grantmaking

Translating values such as leadership, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation into practice can be a challenge for grantmakers. During the pre-meeting workshop, Michelle Greanias from PEAK Grantmaking took us through real-life scenarios, asked critical questions, and provided useful tools to examine internal practices. At the workshop, attendees completed exercises that helped them align foundation values with practices. This workbook is available to members, along with video footage and presentation slides, in the link below.
Walking the Talk: Putting Values-Based Grantmaking into Practice Presentations Materials (Members Only).

CNJG is partnering with PEAK Grantmaking to provide value-based grantmaker education as a three-part series. This series began with the 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon’s pre-meeting workshop, and continues in early 2019 with two webinars, Incorporating Foundations’ Top Values into Practice on January 17th and Learning for Impact on January 31st.

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers thanks our Sponsors for supporting the 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon: Novartis – Signature Sponsor, The Prudential Foundation – Sustaining Sponsor, Novo Nordisk – Gift Sponsor, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey – Program Sponsor, and The Provident Bank Foundation – Performance Sponsor.


Annual Meeting Photos

2018 Annual Meeting

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