Council of New Jersey Grantmakers


101 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
County: Mercer


Mr. Jeremy V. Johnson

Grant Amount


Program Area

Public Policy


Grant Details

To continue support of the office of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison, a joint initiative of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and the office of the Mayor. The Liaison office will leverage public-private resources to improve Newark's largest city through the management of the Newark Funders Affinity Group, collaboration with new incoming mayoral leadership, expansion of federally-secured neighborhood-based grants, partnerships with national private funders committed to healthy homes, college attainment, sustainability, workforce development and more.

Organization Background

About the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG) exists to strengthen and promote effective philanthropy throughout New Jersey. The leading resource for networking and information for New Jersey's philanthropic community, CNJG provides representatives of all types of grantmaking organizations with access to valuable services and meaningful activities to advance their work. CNJG became a unified project under the Community Foundation of New Jersey in 1990 and was established as an independent 501(c)3 organization in 1997.

CNJG has national ties through the Council of Foundations and is a member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, a national network of membership associations.

About the CNJG's Newark Philanthropic Liaison

Then Mayor Cory A. Booker, jointly with CNJG, created the position of the Newark Philanthropic Liaison in 2007. Prior to that time, the grantmaking community did not have a bona fide voice in the Mayor's Office. Conversely, the city did not have a vehicle to leverage philanthropic alliances and help devise public-private funding for policy and programmatic initiatives.

In his role, Jeremy Johnson works with key leadership staff, including: Business Administrator Julien X Neals; Director of Operations for Economic Development Arcelio Aponte; Director of the Department of Child and Family Well-Being L'Tanya Williamson; and Deputy Mayor for Community Engagement Margarita Muniz.

Johnson reports to CNJG President Nina Stack and a core group of nine funders, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, who provide ancillary support to the Council to fund the Liaison position.

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