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New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership (NJEFP) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the organization’s inaugural education foundation awards. NJEFP is a statewide organization dedicated to enhancing public education in New Jersey by growing and strengthening local education foundations* through education, training, collaboration and advocacy.

The award categories are:

  • Outstanding Education Foundation
  • Outstanding Education Foundation Program
  • Outstanding Achievement in Fundraising
  • Outstanding Partner – Funder
  • Outstanding Partner – Superintendent

“We are privileged to see all the good works being done by education foundations throughout the State,” notes NJEFP President Randy Davis. “These awards will provide an opportunity for more people to understand the tremendous impact education foundations are making in New Jersey each and every day.”

Applications are now available on the NJEFP website ( The deadline to submit is January 10, 2018. The judging committee is comprised of NJEFP partners who are also national and state leaders in the education foundation community, including: Trudy Doyle, immediate past President, NJEFP and retired Executive County Superintendent; Shawn Gillon, Treasurer, NJEFP and CPA, Withum; Robin Callahan, Executive Director, National School Foundation Association; Bill Hoffman, immediate past President, National School Foundation Association; Mary Chance, President, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations; and others.

Awards will be announced in early February and winners will be recognized on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Inaugural NJEFP Education Foundation Awards luncheon at the Mountain View Golf Club in Ewing, NJ. This luncheon will shine a light on education foundations, funders of these foundations, and key community partners.

Any education foundation in the state of New Jersey is eligible to enter.


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*Local education foundations (LEFs) are independent nonprofit entities working in partnership with school districts and communities to increase student achievement and build public support for public schools. LEFs are usually created by community leaders to provide additional funding and resources, outside of taxpayer-funded programs, for school districts.