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Foundations Focused On Hurricanes Irma & Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Irma

In response to Hurricane Irma affecting communities across the state of Florida and the Caribbean, the Florida Philanthropic Network has compiled a list of places to give and serve.  They are working directly with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to coordinate relief and recovery efforts.

Ways to Give

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund
In response to the long-term recovery needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs, such as rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, and supporting mental health needs. Geographically, the fund will focus on the entirety of the storm’s impact area. The fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that continue long after the TV cameras and news teams rollup coverage and turn the eye of the world away from this disaster.

NetHope supported by The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations,  and communities by working with NetHope to improve information sharing and data-management strategies between NGOs, communities, and governments in locations around the world affected by disasters. Hurricane Irma has devastated parts of the Caribbean, knocking out communications that are vital for residents and first responders. NetHope has activated its Emergency Response Working Group to the region.

Hurricane Assistance Fund – Palm Beach & Martin Counties
FPN members in South Florida have issued a Hurricane Assistance Fund to make grants to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties affected by the storm. The Hurricane Assistance Fund application is a collective effort between Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Lost Tree Village Foundation, Palm Beach County Department of Community Services and the Farris Family Foundation.

Hurricane Relief Fund at The Miami Foundation
The Fund will help recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground helping families, communities and businesses rebuild and recover.

Broward Cares
Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County. The three organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance for recovery and rebuilding through this collaborative disaster response initiative. 100 percent of donations made through Broward Cares will be directed to areas critically impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund 
The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund (TBDRRF) is a new strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way Suncoast. This fund, which builds on one established by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in 2008, provides a trusted and reliable way to make tax-deductible donations to local storm recovery efforts. 100% of the funds collected through this effort will be directed to address immediate and mid- to long-term recovery needs through grants to select nonprofits.

Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund
The Community Foundation of Collier County,  in close collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County has established the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to Hurricane Irma victims. 100% of donations collected are distributed to victims and their families.

SWFL Hurricane Relief Fund
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has joined forces with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to create a giving fund to help in the aftermath of those affected by Hurricane Irma. 100 percent of the funds donated through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will be used by the United Way to provide emergency funds to directly help people displaced from their homes and those suffering loss due to the hurricane and floods.

Hurricane Relief Fund – Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Knowing the generosity of the community for the needs we know will lie ahead from Hurricane Irma’s wake and in order to be prepared for it, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has established a fund to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Gulf Coast Disaster Fund
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has activated a disaster fund to support relief and recovery from the natural disaster that has affected our region. Relief will focus on making communities habitable again so residents can resume their daily lives. Recovery will include a range of activities needed to rebuild our regional economy and return stability to individuals and families. All donations are tax-deductible and will be distributed to 501(c)(3) public charities, less credit card fees.

Disaster Relief Fund at Manatee Community Foundation
As Manatee County faces the short-term relief and long-term recovery needs caused by Hurricane Irma, Manatee Community Foundation is working with other local partners to help donors make informed decisions about their giving. Selecting results-based organizations that are effective in their work will do the most good for the community.

Hurricane Irma Relief Fund – Central Florida Foundation
Central Florida Foundation has activated the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. The fund will support longer term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Central Florida as we uncover the true effects of the storm in the days ahead.

Click here for the latest updated information from the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Hurricane Harvey

Houston-Flood-Image-smHouston and the other areas hit by Hurricane Harvey have a long road ahead as they fight to restore their communities.  Your support will help the recovery and rebuilding efforts in Houston.

Consider a donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. This fund is similar to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund we set up in partnership with Community Foundation of NJ in 2012.  Greater Houston Community Foundation will accept donations for victims affected by Hurricane Harvey, while also thinking long-term about Houston’s full recovery.

Houston’s challenges are just beginning.  They’ll need support now and well into the future.

Give through your DONOR ADVISED FUND.

Make a CREDIT CARD donation.

To learn more about the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, visit www.ghcf.org.

$150k in Grants Given To Projects Focused on Aging Innovation

Community Foundation of South Jersey Awards $150,000 in Aging Innovation Fund Grants

HADDONFIELD, NJ   The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) is please to announce the 2017 recipients of its Aging Innovation Fund (AIF) grants.  Three organizations will each receive $50,000 for programs that will offer new ways to address aging issues in our region.

This year, grants were awarded to the following programs:

  • Hoarding Disorder Initiative (The Mental Health Association of New Jersey) which is a partnership with the Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force that focuses on reducing problems associated with hoarding by older adults.
  • Creating Great Places To Age (New Jersey Futures) will educate South Jersey municipalities about how the combination of land-use and affordable housing can create more age-friendly communities.
  • House Calls and Behavioral Health Integration Project (Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine NJ Institute for Successful Aging) will develop an inter-professional care team approach to serving homebound seniors.

AIF was created by the Cascade Corporation after the company sold its South Jersey nursing homes in 2014.  The company’s leadership wanted to continue to serve local seniors and worked with CFSJ to develop this resource to encourage new ways to address aging issues.  Over three years, the AIF will award $450k to organizations that are working toward the following goals:

  • Wellness: Help older adults be active, healthy and engaged in their communities
  • Support: Improve home, community-based, and long term services and supports for older adults
  • Rights: Ensure that the rights of older adults are protected
  • Protection: Prevent the abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults

“Our Aging Innovation Fund at CFSJ allows us to continue the work Cascade was originally set up to do,” said Don Ambrose, CEO of Cascade’s parent company Del Mar Healthcare.  “We are now in our second year, and we’re very excited that South Jersey has eagerly embraced the opportunity to innovate and lead in this field.”

According to CFSJ Board Chair John C. Connell, the rapid rise of New Jersey’s older adult population over the last decade has increased the need for innovative solutions for quality of life and wellness.  “The Aging Innovation Fund has allowed CFSJ to bring seniors, their caregivers and families, and the communities in which they live into the conversation as we rethink how to support our seniors.”

Previous AIF grantees include the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey’s Patient Partners, Cape Assist/Cape May County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s Aging Wrap-Around Services and Stand Up for Salem’s Senior Health & Wellness Park.

CFSJ Is Seeking New Executive Director

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) Board of Directors would like to congratulate Sidney Hargro, our founding Executive Director, on his new role as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philanthropy Network.  Under his leadership, CFSJ grew to over $20 million in managed assets.  We are grateful for Sidney’s outstanding work evolving CFSJ from a start-up foundation in 2009 to a philanthropic force in South Jersey today.

We are now seeking a new Executive Director to continue the organization’s rapid growth and regional impact.

Job Description:
Executive Director of Community Foundation of South Jersey

The Executive Director is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader, and an experienced community relationship builder with fund development capability to lead CFSJ into its next phase of growth and maximize the impact of their donors’ generosity.

The board of the Foundation believes it is poised for extraordinary growth in size of assets, donors, and initiatives. The primary responsibilities for the right individual will be the overall growth of community philanthropy, organizational leadership, and develop strong productive relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and invest in the solutions to address the critical issues of the region. The Executive Director will play a key role in developing the organizational strategy and vision, working in close partnership with the Board and staff, and with input of donors, nonprofits, and civic leaders across 8 counties in southern New Jersey.

The Foundation manages 61 funds and $21 million in assets and in 2016 awarded 76 grants to nonprofit organizations and 400 scholarships together totaling more than $1.6 million. They envision the next leader to triple the fund in 5 years.

CFSJ is involved in a variety of regional initiatives related to social equity and inclusion, food security, aging and nonprofit resiliency.

Employed by:   Board of Directors
Reports to:  Board of Directors
Direct Reports:  Two Staff Members:

  • Impact Philanthropy Associate
  • Executive Assistance

Status:  Full time, exempt employee
Location:  Haddonfield, NJ
Affiliation:  Community Foundation of New Jersey

History of CFSJ

The Community Foundation of South Jersey was formed in 2007 by a group of civic-minded individuals whose vision was for a healthy, well educated, safe, prosperous and thriving region. They recognized that the disparities in the 8-county region in the southern part of the State of New Jersey were largely unaddressed because there had been no singular voice or catalyst for change. With the support of the Ford Foundation, CFSJ hired its first full-time executive director in 2009.

The CFSJ serves a region that is exceptionally diverse and includes vast stretches of rural farm land that co-exist with pockets of densely populated and poor urban areas, juxtaposed with wealthy suburban communities. There are no generalities about where concentrations of wealth or poverty are, nor are there strict geographic boundaries that separate one income class from another. The ways of life and populations may vary from township to township, but they share many of the same social and basic needs problems—disengaged youth, under or uneducated adults, elder care, inadequate access to healthcare, and large populations of uninsured individuals, along with considerable hunger, unemployment, and inadequate housing. Gaps in services to individuals are as much a result of the lack of financial resources—philanthropic and government—as they are related to the large number of disconnected municipalities and systems that are barriers to efficient and sufficient services.

Overall Goals for the Executive Director

  1. Lead the board through a Strategic Planning process with an eye towards long-term financial sustainability through prudent asset growth especially in endowed funds, growth in staff, and development of an effective grant-making strategy that leads to proven results. Triple the size of the fund in 5 years.
  2. Develop and deepen strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders that advance the Foundation’s mission, strengthen its financial position, and be a catalyst for community engagement and change.
  3. Build the brand — secure the Foundation’s position as the primary source for community philanthropy, and ensure high-quality and high performance fund management and donor services.

Leadership Goals

  • Provide professional guidance and recommendations to the Board of Directors in matters relating to objectives, policies, and long-term strategic planning.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with complete, accurate, and timely reports and data to enable them to fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Communicate regularly with affiliate staff and leadership.
  • Motivate board members to become personally involved in the Foundation’s mission.
  • Build and maintain relationships with individual board members.
  • Work as a team with the Board Chair in implementing Board decisions, coordinating the work of Board committees, developing goals and long-range planning, and reviewing progress made toward the goals.
  • Provide for development, implementation, and regular review of policies, programs, and procedures to assure growth of the Foundation, responsiveness to current needs and expectations, regard for donors’ expressed wishes, and full adherence to State and federal legal requirements.
  • Work with the Board and Governance Committee to recruit, train, and nurture Board members.
  • Foster good relationships between the Board and staff.
  • Is knowledgeable, and informs the board, of community and national issues that affect CFSJ in particular, as well as community foundations and the charitable industry as a whole.
  • Is knowledgeable, and informs the board, of trends in effective philanthropy and trains the board to become good grant-makers.
  • Trains the board to communicate clearly the mission of the Foundation.

Leadership, Asset Building & Management Goals

  • Implement and manage a comprehensive asset development plan, emphasizing growth in endowment and operating funds.
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with donors, potential donors, professional advisors, and community leaders.
  • Solicit new gifts from existing and prospective donors, as appropriate.
  • Solicit and draft agreements for the creation of new funds.
  • Solicit donations for endowment to support operating expenses.
  • Seek and obtain alternate funding sources.

Grantmaking Goals

  • Monitor and oversee administration of the Community Grants program.
  • Monitor and oversee other grant and scholarship programs.
  • Maintain an awareness of the needs and interests of grantees as they relate to the mission of the Foundation.
  • Assess the current grant-making strategy for its effectiveness, impact, and donor impulses; course correct if necessary.
  • Develop and maintain a seamless grant-making process that is responsive to grantees and creates opportunities for donors and grant applicants to connect.
  • Establish partnerships with private and corporate foundations for specific service area initiatives.
  • Ensure due diligence is completed for all grants.
  • Plan and implement new programs, especially those established with specific funds.

Community Impact Goals

  • Identify critical issues in each of the counties and cultivate community stakeholders and donors to partner with.
  • Actively cultivate strategic partnerships with local, regional, and State leaders.
  • Develop strong relationships with nonprofits, promoting learning, evaluation, and impact to address the critical issues in the counties.

Public Relations Goals

  • Serve as CFSJ’s primary spokesperson and brand ambassador, building its reputation and communicating its value and impact to donors and potential donors, grantees, key stakeholders, and the general public in order to create awareness, support, and increased participation.
  • Create clear messaging to the public about the mission of the Foundation.
  • Represent the Foundation by participating in meetings with the general public, community groups, business and civic leaders, and other charitable organizations.
  • Actively seek opportunities to speak to groups and organizations to further the work and interests of the Foundation.
  • Ensure the website and materials are professionally created, attractive, and current.
  • Establish an active social media presence.

Management Goals

  • Maintain compliance with all National Standards of US Community Foundations.
  • Maintain a physical office for all staff to work.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records required for the efficient operation of the Foundation.
  • Implement and monitor the administrative budget.
  • Hire, train, mentor, and supervise staff.
  • Direct the utilization of volunteers in Foundation activities.
  • Provide oversight for security of all Foundation property and assets.

Finance Goals

  • Maintain close communication with Community Foundation of New Jersey to receive timely monthly treasurer’s reports and year-end financial statements.
  • Create operational and program budgets for approval by Finance Committee.
  • Analyze financial data for investments, individual funds, and spending policies, as requested.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred.
  • Career experience at the senior level in a community foundation is preferable, preferably one whose goals are to connect donors with causes to create community-wide impact. An understanding of the community foundation business model is expected.
  • Nonprofit management or leadership experience in an organization focused on human services, education, health, community development, poverty, or related issues.
  • At least five+ years of documented fundraising success, in direct, individual major gift solicitation, planned giving, capital or endowment, or comprehensive campaigns.
  • Grant-making experience, especially utilizing effective philanthropy practices.
  • Track record in growing an organization, program, or enterprise.
  • Track record in building productive and strategic relationships with civic leaders, government, and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Developing and/or implementing programs that have demonstrable impact.
  • Experience in governance.
  • Leading and implementing a strategic plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to take initiative, and seize leadership roles when a need is realized.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and persuade across broad audiences from diverse backgrounds: grant seekers, board members, community leaders, donors, and the Foundation staff.
  • Proficiency in using technology, social media, and basic office equipment.


  • Working knowledge of nonprofit finance, budgeting, and forecasting; ability to understand and translate audited financial statements.
  • Demonstrated business acumen and capacity for balancing the competing needs within the community foundation
  • Strategic thinking; strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational, project management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Leadership skills to form deep linkages within the community to enable CFSJ to become a catalyst for productive community change.
  • Able to lead, encourage, mentor, and manage staff effectively.
  • Capacity to develop evaluation tools.
  • Capable of assessing highly political landscape.

Personal Qualities

  • Capacity to work independently, prioritize tasks, and balance short- and long-term goals and follow-through.
  • Ability to work in a positive relationship with community group, volunteers, boards and committees.
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector in New Jersey; respected by your professional peers.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to nancy@theburdgroup.com and use the following subject line: Executive Director CFSJ: Your Last Name, Your First Name.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until September 30 or until the position is filled.

No telephone inquiries please.

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The Community Foundation of South Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.