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Northern NJ foundation seeking local collaborators

Looking for NCDDers in Northern New Jersey. Our foundation convenes civic and educational leaders to discuss/resolve shared problems/opportunities in the fields of Education, Public Health, and Civic Engagement.

We have recently instituted “The Hackensack River Compact” as a “tent” under which six communities: Bergenfield, Bogota, Englewood, Hackensack, New Milford, and Teaneck come together to benefit together by collaborating on many projects which heretofore were not even imagined as possible. We are asking, system-wide, “What might you be able to accomplish together that you cannot alone?” As it turns out, there’s a lot.

This work of “motivation and alignment” is difficult under any circumstances, but is particularly problematic in New Jersey with its 200+ years of “Home Rule.” The State is carved into 566 municipalities between which there is little conversation, much less D&D.

Anyway, we’re into the work and just wanted to connect with kindred souls if there are any in the area.


Michael J. Shannon
Northern NJ Community Foundation
3 Grand Avenue, Suite 3, Englewood, NJ 07631
201.568.5608, www.nnjcf.org,
For me directly use: 201.568.2439, mjs@nj.rr.com

NCDD member Michael Shannon submitted this post to the Idea Incubator on August 24th with the title “Collaborative Approach.”  The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), whose primary focus is on education, public health, and civic engagement, works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. Foundation partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

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