Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is a non-partisan advocate for New Jersey’s children, especially the one out of every four children living in poverty. The Schumann Fund grant supports ACNJ’s Right From the Start early childhood agenda which calls for public policies to ensure that children “start off strong,” “thrive by five” and are “great at eight.”
Early Childhood Development $200,000
Our grant to B.R.I.C.K. supports the development of a high quality preschool program for students at two district elementary schools in Newark’s South Ward.
The National Institute for Early Education Research conducts research on the impact of high quality, effective early childhood education on young children, offering advice and technical assistance to policy makers, journalists, researchers, and educators. The Schumann grant supports NIEER’s efforts to evaluate the impact of full-day kindergarten on children’s cognitive and social/emotional development.
The BUILD Initiative for Early Learning is a project of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. It is designed to enable New Jersey and nine other states create high quality early learning programs, policies and services to meet the needs of children aged Birth to 5. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Environmental Protection $65,000
The Greater Newark Conservancy works to improve the quality of life in Newark and surrounding Essex County towns by promoting environmental stewardship of and by the community. The Schumann Fund supports the Conservancy’s education programs.
New Jersey Work Environment Council is an alliance of 70 community, environmental, and worker organizations working together to improve the environment and ensure workplace and community safety Our grant supports NJ WEC’s Healthy Schools Now, an advocacy, training, and technical assistance program to address health and safety concerns in New Jersey schools.
Since 1995, The Trust for Public Land has completed construction of 12 parks and playgrounds in Newark, bringing school children, teachers, and community residents into each stage of development, and engaging them to be stewards of completed projects. The Schumann Fund supports TPL’s community engagement work.
Essex County $320,000
Newark Celebration 350 is a year-long celebration to mark the City of Newark’s 350th anniversary. The Schumann Fund grant supports the educational activities that will be part of the events.
For almost three decades, CASA for Children of Essex County has worked to promote the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. They train and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children in court to ensure that each child receives needed services and assistance while speeding them to a safe and permanent home. Schumann supports CASA’s advocacy program for Essex County children aged 0-8.
The Schumann Fund supports Independence: A Family of Services’ programs at the East Orange Family Success Center that has become a centralized hub of information, referrals, counseling, education and family activities for an underserved community.
The Schumann grant supports Kids Corporation’s Educational Service that provides curricular and material resources to after school and summer programs in community-based organizations in Newark.
La Casa de Don Pedro is one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest Hispanic-serving organizations, offering preschool, afterschool enrichment, job training, leadership development and community building activities across the City of Newark. Our grant provides operating support.
Newark’s mayor Ras Baraka has embarked on a city-wide literacy campaign that envisions the city embracing literacy as a communal cause and culture for city residents of all ages. The Schumann grant supports a literacy training institute for providers of out-of-school time programs to engage youth and their families in literacy-based activities.
This organization’s mission is “to stabilize families and individuals in crisis especially the working poor, homeless, and those in financial need and provide them with financial support and life skills training to live on their own.” Last year, NESF served more than 4,000 individuals and families. The Schumann grant provides operating support.
The Schumann grant provides support to the Partnership’s Irvington Family Development Center, a Family Success Center that has become Irvington’s one-stop resource center for health, education, and social supports for children and families.
The Schumann Fund supports Pre-K Our Way’s community engagement campaign to expand New Jersey’s high quality preschool program to all children who are eligible.
The Newark Violence Reduction Initiative focuses on the small number of lawbreakers responsible for most of the City of Newark’s violent crimes. A groundbreaking collaborative of local, state, and federal law enforcement, county and federal prosecutors has joined forces with community leaders, social service providers, and city officials to address local drug markets and street violence in the city. Schumann provides support for social services for high-risk individuals who agree to participate in the initiative.
More than 180,000 New Jersey children are living in grandparent headed households. The Schumann Fund supports The Salvation Army’s “Grandfamilies Program,” that offers support and guidance to grandparents and other kinship caregivers providing primary care to children.
This multi-service organization is a hub of family, child, and neighborhood services in a diverse, largely working-class neighborhood in Newark’s West Ward. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Youth Development Clinic’s diverse group of mental health practitioners offer high quality behavioral health services to families and children to neighborhoods where families live and children attend school. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Public Policy $423,350
Big Picture Learning works in cities across the United States to design, develop, and support the operation of successful, innovative schools. The Schumann Fund supports Big Picture’s work with the Newark School District to bring its practices to several schools in Newark.
The Schumann Fund grant supports the City of Newark’s philanthropic liaison, who works to promote collaboration between private and corporate foundations investing in Newark and city government to ensure that investments are targeted to priorities the city has identified.
The Schumann grant provides operating support to enable the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to expand its program offerings and extend its capacity to strengthen philanthropy in New Jersey.
Eagle Academy Foundation supports five schools in the New York metropolitan area dedicated to the education of young men of color in a boys-only environment designed to promote academic rigor, build character, and serve their specific academic and social/emotional needs. The Schumann grant supports a comprehensive college awareness/college preparation program at Eagle Newark’s middle school.
The Schumann Fund supports the Education Law Center’s advocacy for equitable school funding and preschool expansion in New Jersey.
This grant supports the network of grantmakers who share our interest in children, youth, and families.
This grant supports the network of grantmakers who share our commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students.
The Schumann Fund grant supports financial empowerment and asset preservation programs to Essex County’s low and moderate-income families, including a campaign to encourage low-income families to use the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Our grant to New Jersey Public Radio supports their coverage of New Jersey issues by New Jersey Public Radio and NJPR News.
New Jersey Spotlight provides on-line news coverage and analysis of critical issues in New Jersey, including education, the environment, the state budget, and health care. The Schumann Fund supports NJ Spotlight’s coverage of New Jersey education policy.
The Newark Trust was created by local foundations and community leaders to develop, coordinate, and sustain efforts to improve public education and student outcomes in Newark. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Since 2011, the Newark Trust for Education’s Pooled Fund has allocated $2.5 million to support a variety of innovative schools in the Newark School district, including new models. Our grant supports that effort.
The Paterson Education Fund works to boost student outcomes by engaging parents and community leaders in efforts to improve Paterson Public Schools. Schumann supports PEF’s Graduating Every Paterson Child initiative.
The Paterson Education Organizing Committee has successfully campaigned for improved discipline policies, return of music and art to Paterson public schools, and free school breakfasts. Our grant provides support for a part-time community organizer.
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents and community activists to be effective advocates for school improvement in Newark. Our grant supports ALI’s parent training, youth organizing and community engagement efforts.
The Schumann Fund grant supports the Rutgers University Child Advocacy Center’s work with youth transitioning out of foster care.
Save Our Schools NJ collects information about school improvement efforts and educates parents and community members about education issues in New Jersey. Our grant supports their education and outreach efforts.