As we close out the spring program cycle, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants who attended the CNJG Spring Conference on June 11. Your engagement brought the energy we were hoping to derive around the topic of Census 2020.
Most importantly, I want to thank my amazing staff who worked diligently with a number of partners – including United Philanthropy Forum - over the past two years to build momentum around the subject of the Census as a philanthropic issue. That effort led to the engagement of The Fund of New Jersey in playing a pivotal role in this movement. Then finally, the culmination of this collective effort resulted in a forum that was informative and inspirational.
The post-event evaluations were overwhelmingly positive with most participants rating the event from good to excellent. Moreover, we have provided our membership with vehicles to continue their engagement in census activities within their organizations, and with their grantees.
CNJG opened a listserve to keep members up-to-date with information on Census 2020. (Please contact Craig Weinrich, Director of Member Services if you would like to be added to the NJ Census 2020 Funders Listserve.) We will also partner with the Center for Non-Profits by sending joint communications to elevate the conversation statewide. In addition, the two organizations will continue to support our respective members in this regard as we progress to April 2020, and the onset of the Census count.
Now that we welcome the summer, I want to remind our members that we have terrific summer programs available for your participation.
On July 10, we will present the Funder’s Briefing on Supporting ALICE: How Philanthropy Can Fill the Gap. Please register today for this enlightening program. We will offer two family foundation webinars this summer in collaboration with the National Center for Family Philanthropy. These are Money, Values and Culture on July 11 and Family Philanthropy through Multiple Vehicles on August 8. The Council is proud of our long partnership with NCFP, and the specialized programs and services we are able to offer our family philanthropy members as a result of this alliance.
And as if all that weren’t enough, the CNJG Program Committee will meet over the summer to continue plans for the CNJG 2019 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon which will take place on December 13.
Please mark your calendars for these great opportunities, and enjoy your summer!
Maria Vizcarrondo, President and CEO
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers