Since 1998, ACNJ has led the effort to effectively implement the Abbott preschool mandate for high quality, well planned preschool and to advocate for expansion of preschool to all of New Jersey’s at-risk children. The Schumann Fund grant supported ACNJ’s Early Learning Agenda.
Early Childhood Development $389,900
The Schumann Fund grant supported New Jersey’s efforts to build a coordinated system of programs, policies and services that meet the needs of families with children from birth to five.
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The Schumann Fund supported the Centers professional development programs for teachers and teacher aides in preschool and other early childhood settings.
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The Schumann Fund supported Fight Crimes efforts to mobilize law enforcement personnel, business leaders and other unexpected messengers to advocate for increased investment in high quality early childhood education.
The Schumann Fund supported the piloting of a professional development and mentoring program to improve the ability of early childhood teachers to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
The Schumann Fund supported the Pre-K Nows work with the Association for Children of New Jersey on efforts to expand public investment in and access to high quality early childhood education.
New Jersey City University is developing a cohort of early childhood teachers with expertise in working with English Language Learners and their families. The Schumann Fund supported this effort.
Environmental Protection $420,000
The Schumann Fund grant supported “Leading Green,” a leadership training program for community activists and prospective environmental commissioners in urban areas in New Jersey
The Schumann Fund supported the continued expansion of the Farmer’s Market in Branch Brook Park.
The Camden City Garden Club provides hands-on environmental education in Camden’s public and parochial schools. In 1999, the Club opened the Camden Children’s Garden, to provide recreational opportunities and educational programming to Camden children and families. The Schumann Fund supported the environmental education programs in the Garden and in Camden schools.
The Clean Water Fund’s primary mission is to protect drinking water in the state, especially in the cities and older suburbs where the highest proportion of the state’s poor and vulnerable live and work. The Schumann Fund supported CWF’s advocacy for effective state water policies.
The Eastern Environmental Law Center was established to be the public interest law firm for New Jersey’s environmental and conservation community. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The Edison Wetlands Association works with municipalities and community organizations to transform brownfields to open space in New Jersey’s urban core. The Schumann Fund supported these efforts.
The Schumann Fund supported Future City’s environmental remediation work in Elizabeth.
Since 1987, the Greater Newark Conservancy has worked with Newark schools, community organizations and neighborhood beautification groups to improve and advocate for Newark’s environment. The Schumann Fund’s grant supports the Conservancy’s education programs.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to the Hackensack Riverkeeper, which is working to preserve a portion of the Meadowlands for recreational and educational purposes.
For 40 years, the Ironbound Community Corporation has provided a range of services responsive to the needs of the increasingly diverse Ironbound section of Newark. The Schumann Fund grant supported the organization’s efforts to strengthen its organizational capacity.
Since 1993, the Schumann Fund has supported Isles’ environmental education. This is now part of Isles’ Healthy Region Initiative, connecting economic development, education programs and direct services with advocacy to improve health, the urban environment, and housing.
Fifty-five percent of the families in the Lincoln Park neighborhood live below the poverty line. The Schumann Fund grant supported LPCCD’s Green Collar Apprenticeship Program, training Newark residents for green collar jobs in the construction industry.
The Schumann Fund grant supported New Jersey Future’s efforts to contribute to the achievement of the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals by promoting smarter land use policies statewide and in local townships.
The New York/New Jersey Baykeeper was founded in 1989 to advocate for the clean up and protection of the bays, streams and shores of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. The organization combines advocacy, public education, land acquisition and environmental planning with programs that enhance the community’s enjoyment of and knowledge about the Bay. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The New Jersey Work Environment Council provides training and technical assistance to grassroots community organizations, labor unions and environmental organizations to achieve the complementary goals of a sustainable economy with good jobs and a healthy environment. The Schumann Fund grant provided operating support.
The Schumann Fund provided general support to the Coalition’s efforts to restore, preserve and protect the Passaic River, which provides drinking water and recreational opportunities to many residents of Northern New Jersey.
The Schumann Fund provided general support to the Association which is working with businesses, community organizations and local residents to preserve open space and protect natural resources in the Rahway River Watershed.
The Schumann Fund supported TSTC’s work with community organizations in Newark to improve traffic safety and expand access to public transportation.
Essex County $360,000
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark have provided services to Newark children since 1938. The Schumann Fund supported the implementation of the Clubs’ strategic plan for growth and quality improvement.
The Schumann Fund supported the Food Bank’s Kids Division, which provides food, clothing and school supplies to children from low-income families.
The Schumann Fund supported Essex County CASA’s advocacy program for Essex County foster children aged birth to five.
A study of families in urban Essex County found that fathers want to be more involved in their children’s lives. The Schumann Fund made a grant to support the development and piloting of an evidence-based fatherhood program in East Orange, NJ
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to this multi-service, community-based organization.
Kids Corporation’s Educational Service works with partner agencies with supplies, teacher training and curriculum to enrich learning opportunities for Newark children. It also takes children on field trips and to camp during the summer. The Schumann Fund grant supported the Educational Service.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to one of New Jersey’s largest and oldest organizations serving Latino families.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to this independent middle school.
NESF provides comprehensive emergency services to Essex County families in need. A growing number of these families are working, but earning too little to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The Schumann Fund supported the agency’s Community Network, providing in-home and on-site child abuse prevention services for families in Newark who are not involved with DYFS.
The Northern NJ Maternal/Child Health Consortium works to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families. The Schumann Fund provided support for the Consortium’s Family Development Center in Irvington.
Grandparents are raising one of every 10 children in Newark. The Schumann Fund supported the Salvation Army’s “Grandfamilies Program,” which offers assistance and respite to grandparents who are primary caregivers.
Since 1972, UVSO has provided social services to the Vailsburg neighborhood, helped to develop new housing and supported community organizing to increase civic participation. The Schumann Fund provided support for UVSO’s early childhood programs.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support for the clinic, which provides mental health screening and services to families in urban Essex County.
Public Policy $503,250
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents to analyze data about their children’s schools and to become effective advocates for school improvement. The Schumann Fund supported the Institute’s parent training efforts.
The Schumann Fund grant was designated for staff support for Newark’s Committee of Advocates.
The Charter School Resource Center helps parents, community-based organizations and educators to create and launch high quality charter schools, and provides technical assistance to existing charter schools seeking to improve. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
As a result of the state’s settlement of a lawsuit brought by Children’s Rights, youth who have been in the foster care system are eligible for housing, health insurance, clothing, and other needed services until they reach age 21. The Schumann Fund grant supported the Center’s efforts to ensure that youth and their caseworkers are aware of these rights.
The Schumann Fund supported the Council’s efforts to expand its program offerings and extend its capacity to strengthen philanthropy in New Jersey.
Cory Booker was inaugurated as Mayor of Newark in July, 2006, with high expectations that his leadership would transform Newark. His vision resonated with foundation leaders and wealthy individuals. The Schumann Fund helped to support the salary of a philanthropic liaison in the Mayor’s office, to help coordinate philanthropic investment in the city.
The Schumann Fund grant supported continued funding for the position of Philanthropic Liaison for the City of Newark.
GCYF provides a forum for new ideas and strategies, the opportunity for grantmakers to learn from each other, and a venue for encouraging new foundation investment in children and families. The Schumann Fund for New Jersey provided operating support.
Participation in this affinity group of education funders enables the Schumann Fund to learn about successful philanthropic initiatives in education, and to collaborate with other funders on New Jersey initiatives.
The Schumann Fund grant supported HDANJ’s advocacy for improved public education and access to high quality preschool, especially for Latino children.
The IMANI College Advocacy Center was founded in 1999 by parents and community leaders, in partnership with the Superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools, to address the persistent achievement gap between African-American and Caucasian students. The Schumann Fund provided a two-year grant for operating support.
The Newark Public Schools have been under state control since 1998. The state is now using its Quality Single Accountability Continuum to evaluate the operations of local school districts and to determine whether those districts currently under state control are ready to be returned to local control. Newark anticipates a gradual return to local control. With support from the Schumann Fund and other grantmakers, the Institute will develop a set of policy recommendations for the return to local control.
The Schumann Fund for New Jersey renewed its support for the Paterson Education Fund’s “Graduating Every Paterson Child” campaign, which includes outreach to middle school students and their parents, technical assistance to creators and leaders of small high schools and learning academies, and support for a student-produced publication about the college admission process.
Since 1985, the Public Education Institute has worked to inform policymakers educators, and advocates about successful school improvement strategies. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The Schumann Fund grant supported a youth research initiative with students in Newark, Paterson and Jersey City focused on redesign of their high schools.
The Schumann Fund grant supported parent organizing to improve public schools in Asbury Park and Neptune.
The Schumann Fund grant was designated to support the opening of four Big Picture schools in Newark.
In 1988, over the protests of parents, educators and community activists, the Newark Public Schools consolidated Vailsburg High School with West Side High School and closed the Vailsburg site. The Schumann Fund grant supported the development of an application for a charter high school in the Vailsburg section of Newark.