Impact100 Essex awarded its second annual grant to Schools That Can, a nonprofit that reimagines education to provide real-world, hands-on, industry-specific STEM education and experience for high school students in Newark. Schools That Can was voted the awardee by the Impact100 Essex membership at their annual meeting after each of the four finalists for the grant presented a proposed project.

Erin Sweeney, Executive Director at Schools That Can received the award," This is a transformational grant for us, supporting our Career Skills Program where we work with Newark high schools to expand high-quality, middle-skill career and technical education programs, preparing students for successful careers throughout our region. Because of this grant, we will hire a Career Skills Manager to build out our program, from a one-school pilot to an expanded multi-school model. We are thrilled!"

“It’s a great pleasure to award the second Impact100 Essex grant to Schools That Can” said Helen Mazarakis, co-founder of Impact100 Essex. Impact100 Essex is a collective giving organization that funds annual grants for transformational projects in Essex County.  “Our members were moved by the opportunity to support Newark students in their dreams to thrive professionally. It’s important that Newark youth are well-positioned to succeed as the local economy grows.”

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Schools That Can was a finalist with three other nonprofits that proposed projects, including The Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s project to distribute monthly menstrual supplies to low-income women and girls, Imagine: A Center for Coping with Loss project to support and foster resiliency in children and families grieving a loss, and NJ Tree Foundation to fund tree planting in urban neighborhoods in Essex County.

“As heartwarming as it is to award this grant to Schools That Can, it’s also heartbreaking to see these other incredibly worthy projects go unfunded. All of these organizations presented compelling, impactful and well-designed projects for our membership to consider. We wish we could fund them all,” stated Margo Greenfield co-founder of Impact100 Essex. The Impact100 Essex grant pool is funded by gifts of $1000 per member, per year. “Our goal is to increase our membership from 120 to over 200 in the weeks ahead so we can fund two grants in 2019.  We invite more women from across the county to join us in supporting these transformational local programs.” Impact100 Essex is holding members night out January 30 at Papillion 25 in South Orange from 6-8pm and welcomes prospective members interested in learning more to join in. 


Impact100 Essex:

Impact100 Essex is a philanthropic, collective giving group funded by women in Essex County. Impact100 Essex enables members to amplify their giving and empower solutions for the community. Each year, Impact100 Essex awards a minimum grant of $100,000 to support a transformational local project proposed by a nonprofit organization operating in Essex County.  For more information about Impact100 Essex and to find out how you can join, go to:


Schools That Can – Newark:

Schools That Can Newark is part of Schools That Can, a national network currently reaching more than 190 schools across 15 cities, serving more than 75,000 students. Locally, Schools That Can Newark serves a network of over 30 district, charter, and independent schools, and is a leader in supporting career pathways for students.