The Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey awarded $167,000 in grants to non-profit organizations at their fall 2017 quarterly Board meeting. Grants were awarded to four organizations in the areas of public education, environmental sustainability, healthcare, workers’ rights, tax reform, and gun violence prevention.
Kiki Jamieson, President of The Fund for New Jersey, stated, “The Fund for New Jersey is proud to support these non-profit organizations working to build an environmentally sustainable Garden State with educational and economic opportunities for all New Jerseyans.”
Jamieson continued, “We are particularly excited about a new grant to research gun violence policy in New Jersey. While New Jersey has one of the lowest gun death rates in the country, gun violence is still pervasive, with one person killed with a gun every 19 hours.” Jamieson said, “Furthermore, racial disparities in gun deaths make nuanced policy development even more essential. African-American people comprise close to 15% of New Jersey’s population but account for approximately 75% of gun- related homicide victims. The Fund looks forward to the results of the research from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We recognize the importance of addressing these disparities and developing evidence-based policy solutions to the tragedy of gun violence.”