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Busy Months Ahead

Busy Months Ahead

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

If you’re like me, your calendar is filling up fast. The last months of 2021 are busier than ever – bursting with special projects, end-of-the-year deadlines, and strategy discussions to hit the ground running in 2022.

But before we do that, please mark your calendar and plan on joining me and your CNJG colleagues at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Holiday Gathering on December 13 and 14. We had hoped to be in-person this year, but out of an abundance of caution, we’ll once again host the event virtually.

Our theme, From Moment to Movement: Upending Traditional Philanthropy, will explore how philanthropy can sustain and build on the momentum of the past two years to confront uneven power structures within our sector, call out systemic issues that diminish effective grantmaking, and elevate funder-nonprofit partnerships that center relationship building, collaboration, and equity.

We’ll kick off our event with the Annual Meeting Workshop on Monday, 12/13 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. We’re still finalizing this collaborative workshop session, but you’ll get a first look at how CNJG is building on 2020 response efforts to reach beyond the COVID-19 crisis and advance the sector. An important part of the workshop will be sharing how your foundation responded during this time, and how your organization is looking forward.

On Tuesday, 12/14 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, Council members and special guests will gather virtually to welcome new CNJG members, convene a brief business meeting to elect new trustees, and feature a dynamic discussion related to the vital work of philanthropy. I’m thrilled to announce Marcus Walton, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as our keynote speaker. Marcus will lead a conversation on how to create a strategy for lasting change in your organization and within the philanthropic sector. Some themes we'll discuss include deepening trust with staff, board, and nonprofit partners, translating values into practices, and unlocking structural and systems-level change based in racial equity.

The Council’s Annual Meeting is the place where CNJG members and New Jersey’s philanthropic community come together to share ideas and information about the important work they are doing. And even though we are still virtual this year, it provides a valuable opportunity to connect with your colleagues, and build on those existing relationships.

Thank you to our Signature Sponsor, The Prudential Foundation. We’re grateful for their ongoing commitment to this convening. We have a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities available. I hope you’ll consider supporting the Annual Meeting this year with a sponsorship. Please reach out to Deputy Director Theresa Jacks to learn more about how you can sponsor this very special member event.

While we look forward to seeing you at the CNJG 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Holiday Gathering in December – the November Investment Forum for Foundations and Endowments is right around the corner. I hope to see you there as well, and encourage you to share the Investment Forum with your trustees and nonprofit partners. This is truly a must-attend conference for CEOs, executive directors, CFOs, trustees, investment committee members, and finance managers of foundations, endowed nonprofits, and those considering starting an endowment.


Maria Vizcarrondo, President and CEO
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers