Jersey Give Back Guide: NJ Highlands Coalition

December 21, 2014


Throughout December, we are highlighting each of the organizations featured in our Jersey Give-Back Guide, an online portal for year-end giving that makes it easy to donate to some of New Jersey’s most effective nonprofits. Today we feature NJ Highlands Coalition.

Environment2Organization name: New Jersey Highlands Coalition

Connect: Website | @NJHighlanders | Facebook

Communities served: The New Jersey Highlands provide 5.4 million people — 64 percent of the state’s population — and businesses in New Jersey with much of its water supply; 292 towns receive some or all of their water from the region, making its protection critical. The 860,000-acre Highlands region contains some of most scenic mountains and woodlands in the nation.

Founded: Founded in 2005

Get Generous: Give a Year-end Gift

Lopatcong Creek Clean Up

WHAT WE DO: The Highlands Coalition provides a unified voice for Highlands protection addressing many critical issues facing the region.

WHY WE’RE GREAT: The Highlands Coalition is made up of a diverse and effective group of organizations and individuals who have joined to advocate for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the water, forests, wildlife, farmland and other natural, historic and cultural resources of the New Jersey Highlands.

HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP: Your support helps programs such as: Lopatcong Creek Project (restoration of a trout stream), Trenton Initiative (raising legislative and citizen awareness), Highlands Advocate Program (local residents advocating for the protection of their communities), Uphold the Highlands (engaging water users outside the Highlands), Water Campaign (collaboration with Pinelands Preservation Alliance that promotes understanding about how regional planning protects the state’s water supply) and Small Grants Program (supports grass-roots organizations).

ADDITIONAL NEEDS: In addition to making a contribution through the website, help us SPREAD THE WORD about the State’s prized piece of the Appalachian Mountain chain. If you or an organization you support is interested in hosting the New Jersey Highlands Coalition for a free screening of “The Highlands Rediscovered,” the NJN film followed by a short Q&A session, please contact Erica Van Auken at

Volunteer at our Highlands Festival, an environmentally friendly and community oriented festival.


— Julia Somers, NJ Highlands Coalition Executive Director


The Dodge Foundation is offering $1,000 challenge grants to each of the organizations featured in the Jersey Give-Back Guide. To be eligible, each organization must receive at least 50 donations through the Guide by December 31st. Help them reach their goal and get that extra $1,000!