Community Foundation of South Jersey

OVERVIEW: This community foundation supports the eight counties of southern New Jersey. Funding areas include community, health, social services, and youth education and enrichment.

FUNDING AREAS: Community, health, social services, youth education and enrichment

IP TAKE: This is a big scholarship funder in South Jersey, but there are also some significant opportunities here for human services nonprofits.  

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) is based in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and supports nonprofits in the southern portion of the state. The foundation was established in 2007 by community leaders including Jack Tarditi, Melinda K. Holman, Robert Kugler, Dr. Stella Horton, and Dr. Kim Ayres. CFSJ hired its first executive director in 2009 after receiving a $600,000 startup grant.

South Jersey comprises eight counties: Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May, Salem, and Ocean.

Funding areas include community, health, social services, and youth education and enrichment. CFSJ runs three community endowment and group funds, six health research, intervention and support funds, and nine social services funds. They also hold nine youth education and enrichment funds and two specialty funds. All funds accept donations to benefit charitable purposes.

Proven & Promising is a philanthropy tool funded in part by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation that helps donors find nonprofits to support in the region. Members of the Proven & Promising network nominate projects they support, which draws attention to local nonprofits. Support has gone to the Kingsway Learning Center, Hopeworks ‘N Camden, Camden County Habitat for Humanity, Appel Farm, and LUCY Outreach.

Since 2009, this funder has grown to more than $21 million in managed funds. It currently holds around 50 funds that support nonprofits in South Jersey and beyond. Total contributions in a recent year exceeded $3 million, with over $1.6 million of that going towards total grants. Recently, around 37 percent of funds have been going to scholarships, with approximately 30 percent has been going towards public/societal needs, 19 percent to human services, seven percent to health, four percent to education, two percent to religion, and less than one percent to arts and culture.

Current financial data can be viewed here. The foundation does not provide grantseeker guidelines or deadlines for upcoming grant cycles on its website.

General questions can be directed to info@communityfoundationsj.org or (856) 528-3385. The mailing address is P.O. Box 446, Haddonfield, New Jersey 08033. Andy Fraizer was hired as the new executive director in 2018, following in the footsteps of Sidney Hargro, who left to become Executive Director for the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. Keep up with recent staffing and grantmaking news on CFSJ’s blog.

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