March 24, 2020 – Trenton, NJ.
First Lady Tammy Murphy today announced the launch of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF). This new nonprofit organization will marshal resources across the state to identify critical needs and fight the economic and social impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s vulnerable communities.
“The COVID-19 virus has already had far-reaching societal ramifications that have overwhelmingly and disproportionally impacted low- to-middle-income residents and New Jersey’s small business community,” said Murphy. “We are committed to the task of identifying the most effective interventions, determining community needs, and raising essential funds and awareness as we battle this challenge.”
One hundred percent of donations received online by NJPRF will be used to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable, supporting organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic. The Fund’s administrative costs are supported by grants received explicitly for that purpose. NJPRF’s Board of Directors will have authority over distribution decisions and will consider recommendations from NJPRF Chief Executive Officer, Josh Weinreich, who is serving pro-bono. “At this time, maximizing our impact is our first priority,” said Weinreich. “If we put resources to work right now, we can drastically change the course of events here in our state, protecting and supporting our vulnerable residents and getting them back on their feet as soon as possible.”
NJPRF is hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and has no affiliation with any government or for-profit entity. The Community Foundation of New Jersey creates and scales custom philanthropic solutions for purpose-driven individuals, families, and businesses.
Additional information regarding grant guidelines and applications will be posted shortly on the organization’s website, www.NJPRF.org.
Watch Jon Bon Jovi, Stephen Colbert, Danny DeVito, Whoopee Goldberg, Carli Lloyd, Charlie Puth, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and First Lady Tammy Murphy in our launch video, here.
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