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Cosponsorship Program

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (“NJSBF”) leads the nation in providing free law-related and violence prevention education to the public. By partnering with other organizations, we continue our commitment to broadening our public education campaign so that free legal information is available to New Jersey citizens statewide. We invite non-profit organizations to work with us so we can accomplish this goal together.

Our programs are made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey, which in 1988 began disbursing money generated from interest on lawyers’ trust accounts. Some of our most successful programs are those in which we’ve combined efforts to cosponsor a project with another nonprofit organization.

For example:

      • NJSBF supports The Arc of New Jersey’s Equal Justice Talks webinar series, which aims to highlight critical issues facing victims, witnesses and defendants with developmental disabilities and to increase understanding of the disadvantages faced by such populations in the criminal justice system.
      • For the past 30 years, NJSBF has worked jointly with the Community Health Law Project to present the award-winning annual Law and Disability Conference, which has helped explain laws that affect individuals with disabilities.
      • NJSBF partnered with Pushcart Players, a touring educational theater company, to bring history to life for schoolchildren throughout the state. With funding from NJSBF, Pushcart Players is able to present the musical, A More Perfect Union, which captures the spirit, action and causes of the United States founders as they formulated the Constitution. It encourages student audiences from K-5 to think about How our government was formed and Why, and to better prepare them for the sometimes-difficult conversation of political issues in the modern world.
      • Over the years, NJSBF has worked with a number of organizations to publish booklets explaining various aspects of the law to residents of New Jersey, from Disability Law: A Legal Primer, a project of the Essex County Bar Association, to the Students’ Rights Handbook, a booklet outlining the rights of students developed by the ACLU – NJ.

2022-2023 Application

We are now accepting applications for our July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 funding cycle.  If you are able to answer YES to the following questions, you are ready to apply:

  • Is your organization a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization?
  • Will your project be initiated and completed within the Foundation’s upcoming fiscal year, e.g., between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023?
  • Does your project achieve one or more of the following:
    • foster an increased awareness, appreciation and knowledge of law and the legal system among New Jersey residents?
    • provide law-related education for the public?
    • provide an opportunity for lawyers to serve the public?
    • foster professionalism and pride in the profession of law through public service?
    • create awareness of civics and how government works?
    • help the public better understand the laws that affect them every day?

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For questions or further information, contact Mary Jean Barnes, Director of Administration & Grants Programs at [email protected].

2021-2022 Cosponsorships

The Foundation is supporting the following organizations and programs in fiscal year 2021-2022.

Advocates for Children of New Jersey: Spanish Language Video Series for Parents on Education Rights
Autism New Jersey: Medicaid-funded Autism Treatment: Knowing and Asserting Your Rights
Center for Youth Political Participation, Eagleton Institute of Politics: RU Ready, a civic engagement initiative
Community Health Law Project: Combating the Pandemic Eviction Crisis through Education and Direct Legal Services
Covenant House New Jersey: Atlantic City Youth Advocacy Center
Essex County Legal Aid Association: Tenants Rights; Special Needs Education Rights Advocacy Project
G.I. Go Fund: Veteran Legal Victory Project
Ironbound Community Corporation: Ironbound-Newark Tenant Know Your Rights Project
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Access to Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in New Jersey
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Rise Up: Immigrant Empowerment
Make the Road NJ: Immigrant and Worker Legal Education Project
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs: Center for Citizenship and Legal Immigration
National Association of Women Judges, NJ Chapter: Color of Justice Program
NJ Consortium for Immigrant Children: DACA for All NJ
NJ LEEP: Legal Diversity Pipeline Program
Oasis — A Haven for Women and Children: From Surviving to Striving
Palestinian American Community Center: Community Based Civics program
Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of NJ (PLAN NJ): Legal and Estate Planning for People with Developmental or Psychiatric Disabilities
RWJ University Hospital Foundation: Healthy Homes
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN): Special Education & Health Rights of Children & Youth with Special Needs Involved in Child Protection & Juvenile Justice
The Arc of New Jersey: Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series
Women In Transition: Family Law Series
YMCA Montclair: Youth and Government
YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy: Youth and Government
YWCA Northern New Jersey: Education on Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Misogyny for Small Campaigns

A few words from our cosponsors….

We are so grateful for the support the NJ State Bar Foundation has consistently offered. During this prolonged pandemic, as we reach more families and related professionals with this vital information via webinars and newsletter updates, we feel the impact of your contribution even more.

Ellen Nalven

Executive Director, PLAN/NJ

“With the support of the NJ State Bar Foundation, we are able to offer college staff the proper training needed to make them aware of the laws that are impacting their work and to ensure they are trained to meet their obligations. Your generosity is vital to what we can do together in the months to come.”

Helen Archontou

Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Northern New Jersey

“Since 2005, the Foundation has made it possible for Covenant House’s Youth Advocacy Center to provide legal services to homeless and at-risk youth. Our work with disadvantaged youth would not be possible without the support of the Foundation and we are grateful for this continued collaboration.”

Rani Cherian

Development Associate, Covenant House New Jersey

“Thank you for your continued support of NJ LEEP! Because of your support, we are growing our programs and serving more students and families in our community.”

Claire Dragon

Managing Director of External Engagement, NJ Leep