The Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey awarded $800,000 in grants to non-profit organizations at their June 2018 quarterly Board meeting. Grants were awarded to 13 organizations in the areas of climate change and clean energy, water quality, criminal justice reform and social justice, and transportation.
Kiki Jamieson, President of The Fund for New Jersey, stated, “The Fund for New Jersey is proud to support these policy organizations working to transition the state to clean energy while protecting its natural resources, ensure equitable and fair marijuana reform, expand and protect voting rights, and ensure a fair work/life balance for New Jersey families.“
“New Jersey has the opportunity to continue its strides in reforming its criminal justice system, building on its landmark bail reform,” said Jamieson. “The Fund’s portfolio of criminal justice and social justice grants are working to reform the parole system, transform the juvenile justice system, and ensure equitable and fair marijuana reform that centers communities of color most harmed by prohibition. Grantees are working to address the disproportionate effect of voter disenfranchisement on people of color, with African Americans accounting for 50% of individuals disenfranchised despite only accounting for 13% of the population, due to New Jersey’s large racial disparities in incarceration. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, for instance, is working to restore the right to vote to the 95,000 New Jerseyans with criminal convictions, three quarters of whom are community members on parole or probation. These complementary and parallel policy campaigns will advance New Jersey as a leader in criminal justice reform. ”