CancerCare Awarded Grant for Bereavement Camp

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund awarded a first time grant of $2,000 to CancerCare of Paramus, New Jersey to benefit Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. The NNCJF, a not-for-profit foundation, concentrates on the education, public health, civic engagement, arts, philanthropy, and the environment. The NNJCF’s DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Memorial Fund contributes to qualified charitable organizations for cancer research and families touched by cancer.  The fund also provides scholarships for female student-athletes looking to pursue medical careers.

The Northern NJ Communitiy Foundation's The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Fund awarded a grant to CancerCare.

The Northern NJ Communitiy Foundation’s The DeAnna Stark Pasciuto Fund awarded a grant to CancerCare.


CancerCare Provides Bereavement Camp Free

Founded in 1944, CancerCare provides free, professional support services and information nationwide to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. The organization’s services include case management, counseling and support groups.  In addition, these services are provided over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance.

CancerCare‘s Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp brings together families with children ages four and older experiencing the loss of a loved one to cancer in the past two years for a weekend retreat. The camp provides a range of activities, such as art projects, support groups, memory events and music. Furthermore, the camp is made available to families completely free-of-charge. In 2021, with ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the Healing Hearts Weekend takes place Zoom.

NNJCF Philanthropic Services

For 23 years, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation has served northern New Jersey.  The NNJCF brings people and organizations together to address pressing issues and needs in the region. The Foundation also offers a comprehensive menu of philanthropic opportunities. Donors have flexible, efficient, and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving has maximum impact.  In addition, various funds, tax-saving annuities, and trust options are available.

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation helps donors address issues they care about through flexible charitable giving. As the region continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, these charitable funds are making greater impact on the well-being of communities,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Donors may also set up a donor advised fund in six easy steps.  For further information about creating a charitable fund, visit the NNJCF’s page on this topic. Contact the NNJCF’s office for additional details at or call (201) 568-5608.

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