It is finally coming to an end. Next week at this time, if all goes as planned and there are no hanging chads to contest, we will know who the next President will be. While we don’t know who it will be, and we don’t know how things will change, we do know that the country this person will lead will look different four years from now just as it did four years ago. The face and age of our nation is changing quite rapidly, and this brings important considerations for the work of philanthropy. From an expanded senior class to highly educated but underemployed millennials, from a majority white to soon non-white majority, the shifts touch every element of our society: racial, ethnic and cultural identities, social values, economic well-being, family structures, religious and nonreligious practitioners, and even our technology use.
I hope you will plan to join us on December 9th at the Council’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon when we hear from author and researcher Paul Taylor as he outlines the key elements of his book The Next America:Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown. One review of the book stated: “A brilliant analyst of public policy and social trends, Tayloroffers a hopeful look at America’s future in challenging times… The Next America is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to know where we are, and where we are going.” Attendees to the meeting will each receive a complimentary copy of the book. And if you would like to read it in advance of the Holiday Luncheon, you can order it through CNJG’s website when you register.
I am also very pleased that our Annual Meeting launches CNJG’s new programming series and learning journey on Race, Racism and the Ramifications for Philanthropy. You will hear more about this in the coming days but the journey begins at the pre Holiday Luncheon workshop presentation with Susan Taylor Batten of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. Susan will lead a discussion on what drives poor and disparate outcomes in Black communities and other communities of color. The workshop will also help us develop a shared understanding and language regarding structural racism, racial equity, diversity and inclusion - terms used frequently in our field. Look for more news on this programming series that will include in-depth workshop trainings, facilitated reading group - dinner conversations, a funder briefing on poverty and racism in New Jersey, and field trips to cultural experiences. We look forward to your participation.
Wishing us all a lovely Thanksgiving later this month where the campaigning of 2016 becomes a distant memory.
Nina Stack, President
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers