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Whirlwind Nine Months

Whirlwind Nine Months

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The past nine months as CEO of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers have kept me in a whirlwind of membership activities and events all over the state, and as we enter the holiday season, I wish to express to you my deepest gratitude for allowing me to lead one of the most vibrant organizations in New Jersey.

Thank you for your generosity of time when meeting with me, as well as for participating in the programs throughout the year. And special thanks to the Board and all the committee chairs and members that provided the time and expertise to keep our organization solvent. Thank you also to the affinity groups chairs for ensuring that CNJG thrives as its impact and presence is felt in communities throughout our state.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 13th at the APA Hotel Woodbridge so we can celebrate all the exciting accomplishments of 2019 and preview our coming attractions for 2020.

We are very excited to have Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, join us as our keynote speaker. He impressed us at the United Philanthropy Forum national conference, and we are thrilled to have him share his current perspectives with our membership. His book will be our gift to attendees for your holiday reading!

Thank you to our sponsors of the Annual Meeting & Holiday Luncheon: Signature Sponsor – Novartis, Sustaining Sponsor – The Prudential Foundation, Speaker Sponsor – New Jersey Health Initiatives, Gift Sponsor – The Princeton Area Community Foundation, Program Sponsor – Novo Nordisk, Pre-Meeting Workshop Sponsors – Sixers Youth Foundation and Devils Care Foundation, Performance Sponsor – The Provident Bank Foundation, Contributing Sponsor – Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and Supporting Sponsor – The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, with additional support provided by NJM Insurance Group.

We greatly appreciate the generosity of our sponsors. We could not do this work without you!


Maria Vizcarrondo, President and CEO
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers