It is hard to believe it has been five years since Superstorm Sandy came crashing into New Jersey. I’ve been reading with much trepidation the excellent anniversary stories that so many of the local newspapers did. While it is heartbreaking and horribly disappointing to read the stories of how so many people are still suffering, sadly it isn’t all that surprising. You may recall, this is what our friends and colleagues from around the country who so generously shared their recovery stories told us to prepare for post-Sandy…a long, difficult and often painful marathon, never a sprint.
And of course, we now see the tragedy being played out again and again, first in Houston, then Florida, and onto Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Storms seeming more massive than the next. Devastation beyond imagination. And then the fires in Northern California, leaving nothing but ash in their wake. We’ve received many requests from members looking for guidance on where they might give in each of these communities. We are so grateful for our network of colleagues nationally who can help us help you - our members - to give comfortably with impact. While we wish there was no need to field and pass on this kind of information, we are grateful that we can fill this role when members call or email looking for this kind of assistance.
The work CNJG did to help inform the philanthropic community after Sandy remains one of our greatest accomplishments. Our Disaster Philanthropy Playbook has become the “go-to” resource that we envisioned it could be in helping funders respond strategically and wisely. The recordings and written summaries of the weekly calls we convened are all still available and colleagues have appreciated having them as a guide.
Over the past 20 years the Council has evolved to become a highly reliable resource on all kinds of topics for funders of all types whether in good times or in bad. I hope you’ll plan to join us on December 15th for this year’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon as we mark this important anniversary and celebrate our thriving, responsive community.
Nina Stack, President
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers