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 supports ACNJ’s current advocacy agenda and a planned “Listening Tour” to get input from families across New Jersey on the needs of children and families.
Early Childhood Development $165,000
Child Care Connection works closely with family child care providers. The Schumann Fund supports a final assessment of an original cohort of family child care providers using the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale evaluation – the Grow NJ QRIS instrument.
Programs for Parents will facilitate the establishment of a Montclair Community Council for Young Children to enable the Montclair, NJ community to improve services and provide greater supports for families with young children.
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 build a coordinated system of programs, policies and services that meet the needs of families with children from Birth to Five. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Essex County $90,000
Now in its 30th year, CASA for Children of Essex County ,works 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 Center of Advocate Development.
The Schumann Fund supports Independence: A Family of Services’ programs for disconnected youth. Its 45 year policy of “no reject, no eject” is a hallmark of their services.
M.E.N.D. is a network of seventeen food pantries serving Essex County. Their “Healthy Pantries Healthy Patrons” program purchases and transports healthy food options to its member pantries. The Schumann Fund is providing a one-time grant to enable M.E.N.D. to rent transportation and hire a part-time driver to deliver fresh food to its members for 16 weeks.
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 highly skilled and diverse group of mental health practitioners offer high quality behavioral health services to families and children in neighborhoods where families live and children attend school. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Public Policy $241,500
The Schumann Fund supports the City of Newark’s philanthropic liaison, who works to promote collaboration between foundations investing in Newark and the City to ensure that investments are targeted to priorities the city has identified.
Schumann 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
The Schumann Fund supports “Undoing Racism” training for instructional staff of Montclair Public Schools.
The Schumann Fund grant supports “Spokesperson Training” for NJ Citizen Action clients.
This grant supports New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s juvenile justice initiative, ‘Youth Justice NJ’. This project focuses attention to the issues of youth incarceration and rehabilitation and the racial disproportionality that pervades New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.
The Schumann grant will support the implementation of the South Ward Community Schools Initiative, a joint effort of the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools. This grant will provide additional staff to support implementation of the model.
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 $3.5 million to support a variety of school and program models in the Newark School district and has broadened its scope to include programming and services addressing the social and emotional needs of students with an emphasis on trauma. Our grant supports that effort.
The Parent Education Organizing Council has brought community driven-change to public education in Paterson. They have successfully campaigned for improved discipline policies, return of music and art to Paterson public schools, and free school breakfasts. Our grant supports a part-time community organizer.
The Paterson Education Fund works to boost student outcomes by engaging parents and community leaders in efforts to improve Paterson Public Schools. Schumann provides operating support
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.