Our Mission

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) improves community life through its work in education, public health, and civic engagement. Central to its success is fostering collaboration among local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits, and citizen groups. Our partners are building stronger communities in Northern New Jersey by answering the question, “What can we accomplish together that we cannot alone?”

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  • Education

    Promoting Quality Education and Lifelong Learning

    Working with schools and regional institutions of higher learning, the NNJCF develops programs that support students and teachers through professional training, curriculum development, and technical assistance. Other educational initiatives inform lay citizens about state, national, and global issues affecting their lives. read more

  • Public Health

    Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

    The NNJCF identifies, develops and supports community-based projects that address ongoing challenges such as childhood obesity. Currently in development are initiatives to confront homelessness, affordable housing and area food shortages. read more

  • Civic Engagement

    Bringing Civic Leaders and Citizens Together

    By facilitating discussion among municipal officials, school administrators and citizens, the NNJCF encourages participation by citizens in civic affairs. Among many beneficial outcomes of this collaborative activity are strategies such as shared services, partnerships and consolidation that improve services at lower costs. read more

  • ArtsBergen


    The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) recognizes that the arts are a catalyst for community development and sees untapped opportunity in Bergen County. To this end, NNJCF is spearheading ArtsBergen, a regional arts alliance, to work with various stakeholders – artists, arts organizations, businesses, municipal and community leaders – to raise the value of the arts as vital to a community’s cohesiveness and prosperity.  Learn more.



      • Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship Recipient

        The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s charitable fund, The Class of 1964 Ralph Gregg Memorial Scholarship Fund, announces Leonia High School senior Joseph Robinson was named the 2016 recipient. The NNJCF donor advised fund memorializes Leonia High School 1964 classmate Ralph Gregg. Robinson received the award on June 2 at the Leonia High School Senior read more »


      • Northern NJ Community Foundation Partners With Bergen Volunteer Center to Help Veterans

        The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation partnered recently with the Bergen Volunteer Center to address the needs of displaced and homeless veterans. At the Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative’s third Connect the Dots networking event, artists, arts administrators, writers, business owners and community and municipal leaders throughout the region met at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in read more »


      • Connect the Dots … Enhancing Our Communities Through Public Art on April 19

        Come and be part of the discussion to create public art that reflects a community’s identity and develops a sense of connection in your area. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative will hold its third quarterly Connect the Dots networking meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The meeting will be held at read more »


      • NNJCF Collects Soup

        The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation collected non-perishable cans of hearty soup for the Center for Food Action (CFA).  Jennifer Johnson, Director of Communications and Director Relations at the Center for Food Action, received bags of soup from the Foundation’s President, Michael Shannon. The cans of soup were collected at the NNJCF’s second ArtsBergen quarterly read more »


      • Connecting the Dots … Through Marketing: Engaging Our Communities Through the Arts

        The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation”s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen quarterly networking meeting, Connecting the Dots . . . Through Marketing: Engaging Our Communities Through the Arts, will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University”s Student Union Building in the Rutherford Room, located at 1000 River Road in Teaneck, New read more »


      • Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Awards Grant For Englewood Idol

        A $1,500 grant was awarded to support arts and music enrichment scholarships for 10 contestants participating in Englewood Idol to attend area casino performing arts schools. The not-for-profit Northern New Jersey Community Foundation based in Englewood gave the grant to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood. Read more at: http://englewood.dailyvoice.com/events/northern-new-jersey-community-foundation-awards-grant-for-englewood-idol/613339/    


    Phone: 201-568-5608
    Email: nnjcf@nnjcf.org
    Fax: 201-568-2628

    The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
    1 Grand Avenue, Suite 3
    Englewood, NJ 07631