Overview of the NJLM Educational Foundation
The Foundation was incorporated in September 2004 under IRS regulations as a 501(c) (3) corporation. The work of the Foundation began in late 2007 with the Mayors’ School Funding Committee focused on the revised school funding formula. The Committee’s work, funded with a generous grant from The Fund for New Jersey, involved more than 50 Mayors and experts. The result was a report and set of recommendations provided to the Governor, Senate President, and Assembly Speaker offering a unique perspective on the impact of revising the school funding formula for the State of New Jersey. The Trustees continue to build on that foundation of work by developing educational programs, in-depth policy papers on critical issues, funding for important projects and a resource for stakeholders who need to communicate on the critical public policy issues affecting local government and New Jersey.
Accomplishments & On-going Initiatives:
• Educational Forums: In 2008, the Foundation started by partnering with the NJDOE on a half-day educational conference entitled: The New Education Order. Now, the Foundation continues to partner with a host of private and public sector co-sponsors to hosted educational programs such as an annual economic update; and a forum on state infrastructure and utilities.
• Sustainable Jersey: In 2008, through a $200,000 grant from Wal-Mart, the Foundation established grants to municipalities in support of Sustainable Jersey Certification. Today, more than 300 towns have joined the initiative and funding is provided by a variety of corporate and government partners.
• The Mayors’ Book Club: In 2009 the Foundation teamed up with Verizon and the National League of Cities to begin the Mayors Book Club literacy initiative in New Jersey. This ongoing program, through cooperation between our generous funding partners, mayors’ offices and universities across the state, continues to teach New Jersey municipalities how to promote literacy in families and especially young children.
• White Papers: Starting in 2009, the Foundation partnered with other public policy oriented organizations to publish “white papers” on issues of interest to local government. These white papers, titled the “Friends of Local Government Series” are published by the Foundation and available able for free by clicking here.