The Funders’ Collaborative for High-Quality School Options is a network of local, regional, and national funders committed to providing high-quality public school options for all Newark students. In partnership with the governing body of the Education Sub-committee of the Newark Funders’ Group, an extension of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, the Newark Trust for Education is responsible for managing and ensuring the success of the Funders’ Collaborative.

The Collaborative supports the design, creation, and sustainability of high quality school options by aligning philanthropic investments with district strategy for maximum impact. Since its inception in 2011, the Funders’ Collaborative has allocated over $5 million to support a variety of innovative schools and programs across the district, including model and ReNew schools. As an additional benefit, the Collaborative also establishes a vehicle and framework that aligns, focuses, and coordinates resources to improve school quality and foster a mutually supportive learning community of school leaders across the district.  

The Collaborative is currently focused on social-emotional learning and trauma informed supports.

For more information please call 973-648-0300 or e-mail

Current and Past Funders

  • Chad School Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Foundation for Newark’s Future
  • GEM Foundation
  • Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Nicholson Foundation
  • Panasonic Foundation
  • Prudential Foundation
  • The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • The Schumann Fund for New Jersey
  • The Victoria Foundation
  • The Henry S. and Agnes M. Truzack Foundation
  • Turrell Fund

Recipient Schools and Organizations (2017-2018)

  • Bard High School Early College
  • Camden Street School
  • Chancellor Avenue Elementary School
  • Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School
  • Eagle Academy
  • East Side High School
  • First Avenue Elementary School
  • Hawkins Street Elementary School
  • Luis Muñoz Marín School for Social Justice
  • Rafael Hernandez Elementary School
  • Science Park High School
  • South Street School 
  • Thirteenth Avenue/Dr. MLK, Jr. School


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