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The Fund for New Jersey Awards $1,250,000 in Grants

The Fund for New Jersey Awards $1,250,000 in Grants

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey awarded $1,250,000 in grants to 18 non-profit organizations at their June 2021 quarterly Board meeting. Grants were awarded to organizations in the areas of climate change and clean energy, environmental protection, voting rights, education, criminal justice reform, social justice and workers’ rights, and transportation.

Kiki Jamieson, President of The Fund for New Jersey, stated, “We at The Fund are pleased to invest in these policy organizations working to offer solutions that address the growing climate crisis, protect the state’s natural resources, improve public transportation, expand voting rights, and promote racial and economic justice in New Jersey. These investments are critical in making New Jersey a better place to live, with access to opportunities for all residents and newcomers.”

Jamieson continued, "We are proud to highlight the work of the NJ Domestic Workers Coalition, consisting of six different grassroots organizations advocating for the rights of domestic workers, such as housekeepers, nannies, and home care workers in New Jersey. Many of these workers are typically excluded from overtime pay, federal labor laws, minimum wage, and other labor protections that we often take for granted. In New Jersey, 97% of domestic workers are women, 60% women of color, and 52% are immigrants. Too many of these workers are denied lunch breaks, owed money, or at risk on the job due to the lack of safety precautions. Eliminating the inequalities that domestic workers face is a critical task that we must overcome to give them a real opportunity to succeed and to treat them with dignity and respect.”