On Monday, October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy brought unthinkable devastation to parts of our Garden State, destroying homes, businesses and some of New Jersey's most identifiable icons. On Friday, November 2, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc., (HSNJRF) was started to help New Jersey families, communities and businesses rebuild and recover. The Relief Fund is a registerd 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie.
The Relief Fund sought the advice of experienced professionals including governors, corporate heads and nonprofit leaders who have organized similar efforts in response to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, Haiti, and September 11. We were advised to take the long view in our approach to grantmaking by supporting programs that address unmet needs in impacted communities and funding initiatives focused on New Jersey's long-term recovery from the storm.
HSNJRF raised $41 million from over 35,000 generous donors worldwide. $37.8 million has been distributed in support of 109 nonprofit organizations.
The Relief Fund closed in March 2016, having responsibly distributed all funding entrusted to it. We would like to thank the generous volunteers, individuals and corporations who have supported our efforts, and our state's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy. We encourage those interested in making a difference in New Jersey to view Our Grants section and learn more about local organizations in need of assistance.
- The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Staff
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Inc. is a nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm. The Fund aims to make a sustainable, long-term impact and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF) had two Boards. The Operating Board governed the organization, and the Honorary Advisory Board included well-known New Jerseyans who agreed to lend their names in order to help build awareness of the Relief Fund's efforts. A Grants Committee made up of individuals as well as nonprofit experts made recommendations to the Operating Board regarding funding distributions.
Operating Board Members
Mary Pat Christie, First Lady of New Jersey (Chair)
Honorary Advisory Board Members
U.S. Senator Bill Bradley
Dr. Mehmet Oz
Jon Bon Jovi
Bishop Reginald Jackson
Sugar Ray Leonard
Grants Committee Members
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund closed down operations on March 31, 2016. Relief Fund related inquiries can be directed to New Jersey Community Loan Fund.