CAMDEN, NJ — Non-profits in eight South Jersey counties — including Camden — can take advantage of a new Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) fund aimed at bolstering organizations bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 response.

“Our family business is lucky to be headquartered in South Jersey. When neighbors are in need, we are motivated to respond in concert with others,” said Mindy Holman, CEO of Holman Enterprises and CFSJ founding fundholder. “The Community Foundation, with its close connections and regional reach, is a trusted partner to our family.” 

Looking to provide resources for both short and long term efforts, the fund looks to benefit groups in the Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties. 

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The fund launched with the help of a $25,000 gift from the Holman/Beideman Fund at CFSJ, $25,000 from Atlantic City Electric, an Exelon Company, as well as contributions from members of the Foundation’s Community Leadership and Engagement Committee and Board of Directors. 

Private foundations, corporations, individuals, and philanthropists are encouraged to make donations to keep efforts going, said Andy Fraizer, Executive Director of CFSJ. 

CFSJ hopes to roll out the response fund in three parts: triage (immediate response for community-based non-profits), treatment (grants for service non-profits modifying delivery modes), and recovery (grants for nonprofits that lost revenue due to closures and cancellations). 

Grant submissions for any organizations — that meet the triage, treatment or recovery criteria — should be emailed to CFSJ at COVID19@CommunityFoundationSJ.org. More information on making donations, funding priorities and how to apply, visit southjerseyresponsefund.org.

“The health and economic hardships created by this pandemic are substantial and not yet fully quantifiable,” said Joe Tredinnick, Board Chair of the CFSJ. “Needs will quickly change as the pandemic worsens, and CFSJ is prepared to respond with our trusted partners and work in partnership with other funders to ensure the fund has maximum reach and effectiveness.”

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