Education Funders Affinity Group: Community Schools
Community Schools meet the needs of students and their families, leverage school assets for the entire community, and forge innovative partnerships with nonprofits. There are several models and financial structures for the strategy, and implementation is different in each school, depending on assets, needs and resources. Community Schools can be born from large federal grants or can braid together existing dollars and programs. Local control and representation are key.
For an education, anti-poverty, or place-based funder, Community Schools provide a strategy for evaluation and engagement and a funding mechanism through partnering nonprofits. Community Schools have the bandwidth to create meaningful progress, welcome special projects, and utilize corporate volunteers.
Community Schools are now the norm in NYC, and are also gaining momentum in New Jersey, with programs from Camden to Paterson. Learn about the model from Jane Quinn of the National Center for Community Schools. Julia Sass Rubin of Community Schools NJ will discuss state government priorities, newer programs and the local adoption pipeline. Ron Chaluisán of Newark Trust for Education and Rosie Grant of Paterson Education Fund will update us on the programs in Newark and Paterson.
Cost: Free for CNJG Members/$35 for Non Member Grantmakers
This program is open to grantmakers only.
CNJG wishes to thank the Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation for underwriting the cost of refreshments.