Category Archives: Public Policy

Arts Ed Now: The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 and what it means for Arts Education

Posted on by Bob Morrison, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership

  Last month, after years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, President Obama signed into law a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. So say goodbye to No Child Left Behind and hello to the new law, … Continue reading

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Leading New Jersey Towns to be Better Stewards of Our Waters

Posted on by Catie Tobin, Marine Science Education Coordinator, Clean Ocean Action

Clean Ocean Action and Sustainable Jersey work together   People power. It is often the solution to the most vexing of challenges. New Jersey’s degraded water quality is such an issue as people are both the source and the solution … Continue reading

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Posts from an Emerging Leader: Encounters with New Jersey’s Criminal Justice System

Posted on by Kacy O'Brien, Creative New Jersey

This blog is part of a ten-part series capturing my experiences as part of the 2015 Lead NJ Class, which follows the monthly two-day seminars our class participates in over the course of one year. For the next several weeks … Continue reading

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The Six Distinctive Features of Creative Placemaking

Posted on by Ann Marie Miller

How does one define that sometimes elusive concept of creative placemaking and what makes it succeed? My friend Nick Paleologos of the NJ State Council on the Arts, fondly states that New Jersey invented creative placemaking, based on the extraordinary … Continue reading

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Posts from an Emerging Leader: Government, Politics and Budgets, Oh My!

Posted on by Kacy O’Brien, Program Manager at Creative New Jersey

This blog is part of a ten-part series capturing Kacy O’Brien’s experiences as part of the 2015 Lead NJ Class, which follows the monthly two-day seminars the class participates in over the course of one year.  For the next ten weeks O’Brien … Continue reading

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5 Ways That Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Has Engaged Philanthropy in New Jersey’s Largest City

Posted on by Tai Cooper and Jeremy Johnson

“When I Become Mayor, We All Become Mayor” When Ras J. Baraka won the mayoral election for New Jersey’s largest city last year, expectations were high. The former South Ward councilman, one-time principal of Central High School and son of … Continue reading

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Entering a New Era of New Jersey Urban Water Quality

Posted on by Sarah Watson, New Jersey Future

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission has signaled that it intends to go above and beyond the minimum requirements set in its new state combined sewer overflow (CSO) permit. PVSC, three weeks after the CSO permit went into effect, issued a request for … Continue reading

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Are You Watching the Court Rulings on Property Tax Exemptions? Maybe You Should

Posted on by Linda M. Czipo, Center for Non-Profits

In June, the Tax Court of New Jersey ruled that, with only narrow exceptions, Morristown Medical Center is not entitled to property tax exemption on most of its property in Morristown. It’s one of several prominent cases involving property tax … Continue reading

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CNJG Public Policy Fellow: I didn’t know what I didn’t know

Posted on by Stephanie Holcomb, CNJG Public Policy Fellow

  I have had the pleasure over the last eight months to work as the Public Policy Fellow for the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, a nonprofit membership association serving New Jersey’s philanthropic sector. As promised in my job interview, … Continue reading

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New Jersey Sustainable State of the State Report and the Breakfast Sammy

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

Prioritizing and tracking our sustainable future   In New Jersey, we’re serious about defining a vision and goals for a sustainable state as well as a way to track our progress toward reaching these goals. Sounds simple — every state … Continue reading

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What Do You Stand For?

Posted on by Nina Stack, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers President

  Here is an amazing little insight from one of my favorite writers and leaders in the nonprofit sector, Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits, and the founder of Blue Avocado – one of the very best … Continue reading

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A Social Sector Game Changer

Posted on by Nina Stack, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

  Those of us tuned into the national trends and policies affecting the social sector learned last month of a small but seismic change coming out of the federal Office of Management and Budget. In the closing days of 2014, … Continue reading

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Council of NJ Grantmakers: Building Blocks and the Promise of 2015

Posted on by Theresa Jacks, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

It’s Jan. 1 and I am thinking about 2015, as many of us are. Thinking about plans, what must be accomplished, what new projects and ideas we’ll explore, and so on. But I realize the building blocks for our 2015 … Continue reading

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3 New Jersey Towns, One Goal: Sustainability

Posted on by Randall Solomon, Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey

  Five years ago, I traveled to Atlantic City for the inaugural Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon. We honored the first 34 towns and special award winners that achieved certification and excelled in the Sustainable Jersey program. These municipalities were forward-thinking, … Continue reading

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How to take action after the Climate March

Posted on by By Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey Co-Director

This past Sunday in New York City, over 300,000 people took to the streets to stand up for climate change action at “the biggest climate march in history.” As many people are feeling the post-march glow, it’s the perfect time to … Continue reading

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