They write of their responsibility to help rebuild New Jersey nonprofit sector that provides critical programs and services often to our neighbors with the greatest needs. But they have more “global” plans than just meeting the immediate needs.
“One of philanthropy’s greatest but often underutilized strengths is the ability to bring together diverse community stakeholders, including our local elected officials, to have thoughtful discussions that lead to cooperation and progress. We can help actively engage citizens, openly communicate and learn from one another, so that everyone is complementing, not duplicating, each other in the rebuilding work.”
Monarch Housing Associates applauds the work of these forward philanthropic thinkers and is hopeful that this new fund and the collaborative work of the philanthropic sector along with government will shift the approach to ending homelessness in New Jersey towards long term, collaborative solutions.
In conclusion, write Daggett and Dekker,
“As a state, we will face difficult choices about where we dedicate our resources and what policies will best serve our citizens. At the same time, there will be opportunities to rethink and reimagine our communities and to challenge business-as-usual practices. The philanthropic community stands ready to devote the resources that will bring the best thinking and expertise to bear on New Jersey’s recovery.”