The Trustees of The Fund for New Jersey awarded $855,652 in grants to non-profit organizations at their March 2019 quarterly Board meeting. Grants were awarded to 12 organizationsworking in the areas of immigration, affordable housing, education, and worker rights.
Kiki Jamieson, President of The Fund for New Jersey, stated, “The Fund for New Jersey is pleased to invest in these non-profit organizations working to increase affordable housing, promote early childhood education, and combat structural racism in New Jersey’s public education system.”
“Particularly urgent are the grants to advocate for an immigrant-friendly Garden State. More than two million immigrants live in New Jersey, or 22% of the population. Among them are 22,000 DACA recipients, part of an estimated 475,000 residents who are undocumented, as well as 14,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients who are at risk of losing their documented status. Immigrant-led households in New Jersey earned $74 billion and paid $13 billion in federal taxes and $6.5 billion in state and local taxes, translating to $54.6 billion in spending power (2014). New Jersey has the opportunity to lead the nation in adopting pro-immigrant policies that foster a strong, inclusive economy and build onthe state’s strength in diversity,” Jamieson said.