The Association for Children of New Jersey’s advocacy and action have helped make New Jersey a national leader in early care and education. Since 1998 ACNJ has led the effort to bring high-quality, well-planned preschool to children in New Jersey’s poorest cities and rural areas. The Schumann Fund supported ACNJ’s Early Learning agenda.
Early Childhood Development $255,000
The Early Childhood Funder’s Collaborative (ECFC) is an affiliation of foundations and corporate giving programs with interest in early childhood care and education that provides opportunities for networking, information sharing and strategic grantmaking. Our grant provided operating support.
Ironbound Community Corporation is a multi-service community based organization that works with neighborhood residents to develop programs and services to meet the needs of the community. The Schumann Fund supported the development of an Early Head Start program that will demonstrate the impact of high quality infant toddler care on later student well-being and academic performance.
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective early childhood education for young children and offers research-based advice and technical assistance to policy makers, researchers and educators. Schumann supports a NIEER assessment of the quality of early care and education services provided to infants and toddlers in Essex County, NJ.
The North Ward Center is one of New Jersey’s largest preschool providers, offering early childhood educational services to more than 600 children each year. The Schumann Fund provided support for a Parenting Education Program for parents of North Ward Center preschool children.
Environmental Protection $45,000
The Camden Children’s Garden, operated by the Camden City Garden Club, is a four-acre oasis on the Camden Riverfront that provides educational and recreational opportunities to area families. The Schumann Fund supported educational programming at the Garden and in area schools.
The Greater Newark Conservancy works with Newark schools, community organizations and neighborhood beautification groups to improve Newark’s environment and engage students in environmental education. The Schumann Fund supports GNC’s education programs.
Essex County $249,000
The Schumann Fund’s grant to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey supports the Kids Division which provides food, clothing, school supplies and books to children from low-income families.
Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate helps Family Court judges in Essex County protect the welfare of the County’s foster children. The Schumann Fund supported Essex County CASA’s advocacy program for Essex County foster children aged birth to five.
Ironbound Community Corporation is a grassroots community-based organization addressing the myriad needs of nearly 1000 residents on a daily basis and advocating for equitable social, educational and environmental policies. Our grant provides operating support.
Our grant provides operating support to Link Community School, an independent high-performing middle school for 130 Newark seventh and eighth graders. Almost every Link student increases his or her standardized test scores by an average of two grade levels each year.
For more than three decades, NESF has provided comprehensive emergency services to families and individuals in crisis. Many of NESF’s clients are working, but earning too little to weather crises – eviction, high utility costs, loss of a job, sudden illness. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
In 1998 the Northern NJ Maternal Child Health Consortium created the Irvington Family Development Center, a family resource center. The center provides an array of programs: literacy, quality childcare, early childhood mental health, prenatal and health services and parenting classes. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice’s Newark Violent Reduction Initiative is a research-based project to reduce violent crime in targeted neighborhoods. The Schumann grant provides funding for social services and other supports.
The Salvation Army’s GrandFamilies program provides specialized educational, mental and emotional support group services as well as outreach and advocacy to custodial grandparents and other kinship guardians raising children other than their own. The program currently serves 480 GrandFamilies with approximately 1,000 children in Essex County. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Unified Vailsburg Services Organization is a dynamic, responsive multi-service organization that addresses the needs of senior citizens, young families, and youth. It is a voice for residents for neighborhood concerns, information, and action. The Schumann grant provides operating support.
The Youth Development Clinic’s cadre of diverse behavioral health practitioners offer wide-ranging mental health supports to children, adolescents, and the professionals who work with them. Our grant provides operating support.
Public Policy $518,000
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents and community activists to be effective advocates for school change in New Jersey’s urban communities. Our grant provides operating support.
Big Picture Learning works in cities across the US to design, develop, and support the operation of innovative, successful schools. The Schumann Fund grant was designated to support the creation and expansion of three Big Picture schools in Newark.
The Rutgers Child Advocacy Center, a clinical program of Rutgers Law School, offers legal representation, advice, and technical assistance to children, families, and professionals involved in New Jersey’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Our grant provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund for New Jersey is supporting The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers’ Philanthropic Liaison for the City of Newark to coordinate national and local philanthropic efforts on behalf of the City.
The Council of New Jersey grantmakers provides member foundations with information about effective grantmaking and facilitates collaboration on philanthropic initiatives. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund supported the Education Law Center’s Secondary School Reform Project, focusing on ensuring excellence and equity in secondary education and that adequate resources are in place for effective implementation of state requirements for high school graduation.
Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate administered a Schumann grant for Undoing Racism, a two-and-a-half day immersion training for 60 members of the Essex County Model Court community to address racial disparities and reduce the disproportionate representation of children of color in Essex County’s child welfare system.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families is a network of private, corporate and family foundations that are committed to improving the lives of children and their families. The organization provides a forum for new ideas and strategies as well as opportunities for grantmakers to learn from one another. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Grantmakers for Education is a network of private, corporate, and family foundations that share the Schumann Fund’s commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students. Our grant provides operating support.
New Jersey Together is a grass-roots organization anchored in religious congregations in northern New Jersey to identify community problems and find solutions to them. The Schumann Fund supported their efforts to organize parents to support public school reform and improvements in Paterson, NJ.
A grant from the Schumann Fund enabled curriculum developers from three local universities to disseminate and advocate for the adoption of a high school social studies curriculum promoting active citizenship.
The Schumann grant provided partial funding for a six-month planning effort to develop a comprehensive strategy on education advocacy.
The Schumann Fund supported the Education Fund’s foreclosure prevention counseling programs and campaigns to expand utilization of the Earned Income Tax Credit in the Newark area.
The Newark Global Village Zone is a comprehensive school reform strategy launched by New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the Newark Public Schools. A Schumann grant supports the position of parent outreach coordinator for the effort.
The Newark Trust for Education is a Local Education Fund working to create a shared vision of desired outcomes for children in Newark and implement key elements of that vision. Our grant supports that effort.
The Newark Model School Investment Fund is a collaborative effort of several local and national foundations to support the launch of eleven new secondary schools in Newark. The Schumann grant supports that effort.
The Paterson Education Fund has worked for more than 25 years to engage the community in efforts to improve Paterson Public Schools and ensure that all Paterson children achieve at high levels. The Schumann grant supports PEF’s Graduating Every Paterson Child campaign.
The Institute for Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience convened three public discussions related to education and school reform in Newark, NJ to help Newark residents developed a more informed view of education and its possibilities. Schumann supported the effort.