Fund for New Jersey announces grants to 11 nonprofits

Eleven nonprofits have been awarded a total of $905,000 in grants by the trustees of The Fund for New Jersey, the organization announced Thursday.

The Fund for New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of decision-making related to public policy about the state’s most pressing issues. For over 50 years, The Fund has supported organizations and initiatives advancing systemic and sustainable solutions to public problems through policy, advocacy, analysis, and organizing.

Grants awarded this cycle went to organizations focusing on immigration, housing, education, and public media.

“We are pleased to support organizations striving to make New Jersey a better place for all, through their work of improving access to housing, providing high-quality early care and support to New Jersey’s children, protecting the rights of immigrants, and cultivating a robust statewide media ecosystem,” said Fund for New Jersey President Brandon McKoy. “At such a crucial time in the state and nation’s history, it is more important than ever to ensure we are focused on promoting and protecting the values and features of a multiracial democracy and civil society, and we applaud these organizations for all of their work to realize such a future.”

Grants awarded by the trustees in March 2024 include:

Housing

  • A $100,000 operating grant to Fair Share Housing Center to defend New Jersey residents’ right to equitable and affordable housing.
  • A $125,000 operating grant to the Housing Community Development Network of New Jersey to advance policies that expand the affordability and accessibility of housing.

Public Media

  • A $50,000 program grant to WHYY News to support a strong public media ecosystem in New Jersey.
  • A $75,000 program grant to New Jersey Public Radio that includes a $50,000 base grant to support a strong public media ecosystem and a one-time $25,000 grant increase in support of WNYC/NJPR’s centennial anniversary.
  • A $25,000 program grant to WBGO to support a strong public media ecosystem in New Jersey.

Education

A $75,000 operating grant to Advocates of Children of New Jersey to advance state and federal policies that support low-income children and families and improve children’s quality of life in disadvantaged communities.

Immigration

  • A $100,000 multi-year program grant to the American Friends Service Committee (year three of three) to end immigrant detention and to advocate for immigrant-inclusive policies in New Jersey.
  • A $125,000 multi-year operating grant to the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (year three of three) to support and grow a statewide coalition that advances campaigns to foster justice, inclusion, belonging, and the empowerment of immigrant communities.
  • A $100,000 multi-year operating grant to Make the Road New Jersey (year three of three) to advance pro-immigrant policies, workers’ rights, and youth justice through grassroots organizing and policy innovation.
  • A $65,000 multi-year operating grant to Faith in New Jersey (year three of three) to advance racial, social, and immigrant justice while continuing to develop community leaders with the goal of liberation.
  • A $65,000 multi-year operating grant to Wind of the Spirit (year three of three) to educate, organize, and mobilize immigrant communities to advance fair and humane immigrant policies.