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Empowering New Jersey’s
children, families, and
communities of color to thrive

What Guides Us

Children, youth, and families in Essex County and the State of New Jersey have equitable access to high quality education, affordable housing, economic opportunity, and healthy communities so they can reach their full potential.

Our Mission

Schumann Fund for New Jersey advances ideas and opportunities to empower low-income children, families, and communities of color to thrive. We invest in non-profit organizations rooted in Essex County and statewide that work to advance racial and economic equity.

Program Priorities

We do this work by investing in non-profit organizations that prioritize the following impact areas:

Affordable homes
& healthy communities

Foster affordable homes, economic mobility, and healthy, resilient communities for children and families.

Early Childhood
& Education

Support low-income children and families of color to thrive through opportunities in early childhood development and youth education.

Advance reforms in systems affecting children and youth, such as the child welfare, juvenile justice, and immigration systems, to support racial equity and youth justice.


Organized and engaged communities

Effective programs that center low-income children and families of color

Equitable public policy

at a Glance





Lucy Vandenberg, MSW

Executive Director

Kamille Oliveira, MSW

Program Associate

Lauren F. Nance, CMP

Office Manager

Latest News
& Press Releases


QUARTERLY e-news: Q1 2024 Grant Awards Total $197,500

In this Issue Q1 GRANT AWARDS TOTAL $197,500 Eight Essex County non-profit organizations received $197,500 in grant awards approved by Schumann Fund for New Jersey’s Board of Trustees at their March 2024 quarterly meeting. The funds …

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Press Release

Schumann Fund for New Jersey Appoints Four Respected Community Leaders to Board of Trustees

Montclair, NJ (September 29, 2023) – Schumann Fund for New Jersey, an independent foundation with deep roots in Essex County, has appointed four esteemed community leaders to their Board of Trustees. Since 1988, the Fund has …

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Press Release

Schumann Fund for NJ Grantee Survey Results & Next Steps

March 2023 Dear Schumann Fund for NJ Grantee Partners, On behalf of the board and staff of the Schumann Fund for NJ, we are pleased to share the results of the anonymous survey you completed last …

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Let’s Get in Touch

We’re here to answer any questions you may have about the work we do, how you can get involved, or the application process.

For inquiries about the application process, please email Program Associate Kamille Oliveira. For general inquiries, please email Office Manager Lauren Nance.