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Creation of Racial Equity Task Force

Creation of Racial Equity Task Force

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

By now, I hope you have seen the news that CNJG has created a Racial Equity Task Force to help CNJG, our members, and the philanthropic sector as a whole, create a roadmap for action to eliminate structural racism.

Our task force will be a forum for thought and a vehicle for action as we figure out how best to do the hard work to support systemic change. Philanthropy must invest resources towards advocacy to affect policy, and take that big leap.

I am grateful to Annette Strickland, executive director of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, who is chairing the task force. Joining her are: Craig Drinkard, deputy director of the Victoria Foundation and CNJG Board member; Jeffrey Vega, president and CEO, Princeton Area Community Foundation and CNJG Board member; Jeremy Grunin, president, the Grunin Foundation and CNJG Board member; Kiki Jamieson, president, The Fund for New Jersey and former CNJG Board member; Melissa Litwin, program director, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and CNJG Board member; and Sharnita Johnson arts program director, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Part of this work is understanding the racial and ethnic makeup of our members’ staff and board. We have included these questions on CNJG’s 2020 Benefits Survey, which I encourage all of you to complete before July 31. This information, and the information gathered through the survey, will help create our Benefits and Salary Summary Report. We hear time and time again that this report is incredibly important to help with your operations on an annual basis.

CNJG staff will be attending the United Philanthropy Forum’s virtual conference that will occur most afternoons from July 13 to July 24. This is our opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country to improve our practice, expand our program offerings, share strategies, and learn new ways to engage our membership. Please be patient with us in receiving responses to any communications.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Maria Vizcarrondo, President and CEO
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers