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ATNJ EDUCATION FUND

Educate, Engage, Empower

Madison, NJ   |  https://atnjef.org

Mission

The mission of ATNJEF is to educate, engage, and empower New Jerseyans to be active citizens participating fully in our vibrant democracy.

Notes from the nonprofit

ATNJ Education Fund is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan voter education charity founded in 2018 and is a volunteer-driven statewide organization. As a recently formed charity, ATNJ Education Fund has made a big impact with voters and communities across the state. Viewed as a trusted source in elections, ATNJ Education Fund collaborates with the Secretary of State, county election officials, universities, and the Division of Elections to educate the public on elections. The Founder and Executive Director was recently honored for the 2021 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards in the Founder/Innovator category — only one of six statewide in this category. ATNJ Education Fund is known for its diversity and inclusivity starting with its AAPI Founder, its women- and POC-majority board of Trustees, and its majority women-led dedicated volunteers spanning the whole state from South Jersey to North Jersey, ranging from 17 years old high school interns to retirees on fixed incomes.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder and Executive Director

Ms Nhu-Uyen Khuong

Main address

PO Box 1206

Madison, NJ 07940 USA

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EIN

83-2933150

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our society has become highly polarized with disinformation widely spread on social media. We are experiencing the devastating effects of climate change and the attacks to our democracy, right down to the school board level. We believe in combating this tide of harmful disinformation by educating the suburban families, young people and senior citizens — to educate and to build support for an equitable clean energy transition, to increase voter participation, and to promote the New Jersey Civics Handbook to young voters.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Civics Education to Young Voters

This project will provide (digitally and in print) newly registered 17 year olds in the most vulnerable communities with a New Jersey Civics Handbook that covers the entire civic participation spectrum including from registering to vote, all methods of voting, requirements and deadlines for voting in the closed primary, to all the possible offices that may appear on one’s ballot to vote. Other topics include how to avoid disenfranchisement, such as mail-in ballot rejection and over-voting, implicit bias of ballot design, and write-ins. Racial justice, environmental justice, and social and economic policies that will dismantle structural and systemic inequities can only be passed through public support and voting, and increasing the voting participation rate of young people is critical.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Information campaign to get ADA-compliant drive and drop ballot boxes for older voters, voters with disabilities, and parents of young children

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Older adults
Retired people
Young adults

With hyper-partisanship and the nationalization of our political discourse trickling down to the local school board level — and with funding from billionaires who want to privatize education and weaken our public schools — the board of education races have been won by those who have had this backing. Just one funded group, the New Jersey Project (also known as Moms for Liberty) from DeVos won 151 school board seats in the last election. Those who believe that good public schools are a cornerstone of every community — from increasing the property values to being the core that ties the residents together — want to collaborate in fighting against the weakening of the public school education system.

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Students
Adults
Parents
Caregivers

With New Jersey as the densest state in the nation, we cannot afford more years of irreparable harm to our health from the effects of fossil fuels and climate change. Working with the Clean Energy Coalition, we educate residents on emerging clean energy alternatives such as electric buses, offshore wind and community solar projects. Environmental justice must put frontline communities such as residents living in these transportation corridors at the forefront to educate, to assist in programs that will benefit their health and to be cost effective.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Activists

Where we work

Awards

Governor's Jefferson Awards Honoree 2021

New Jersey State

Making A Difference Honoree 2023

Russ Berrie Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are:
1) Educate - provide free information (webinars and in-person events) to increase awareness and understanding
2) Engage - collaborate with legacy organizations and partners to increase our reach into vulnerable communities
3) Empower - provide actionable online and printed materials

As a volunteer-based statewide organization, our goal is to reach three key constituencies to educate, to build stakeholder support and to build public awareness.

Suburban families and commuters: Increase awareness and support of active and clean public transportation including amplification of bike and pedestrian projects, transportation advancements and alternatives to reduce emissions, expand the EV charging infrastructure, and improve public transit. Educate those running for the Board of Education on ethics and boardsmanship.

Young people: Promote the New Jersey Civics Handbook to increase civic participation in local boards of education, town government, and increase the voting turnout.

Senior Citizens: Build support for clean energy with focus on the impacts on health and cost, especially important for seniors who live on a fixed income.

We have two core competencies: our independent voter database and our volunteer network

Our independent voter database allows us to analyze and make sound recommendations to both increase access to the polls and decrease voter disenfranchisement.

Our volunteer network means we have on-the-ground presence in all 21 counties in New Jersey. We reach voters where they are.

To educate college-aged young people in underserved communities about the convenience of Vote By Mail.
-Reached 18-20 year olds modeled as Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American in 12 counties.
-Nearly $35,000 of in-kind donations for VBM mailers.

Developed and published a guide to voting in local and state elections for newly registered teens in New Jersey.
-Direct mail to registered 17 year olds who will be able to vote in their first election in November 2023.
-Giving Tuesday one-day donation record for Civics for Teens.

Information campaign to get ADA-compliant drive and drop ballot boxes for older voters, voters with disabilities, and parents of young children
-Provided legislative bill to legislators.
-Statewide campaign reaching all counties.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ATNJ EDUCATION FUND

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nhu-Uyen Khuong

ATNJ Education Fund

Term: 2018 -

Scott Salmon

ATNJ Education Fund

Trina Mallik

ATNJ Education Fund

Cindy Matute-Brown

ATNJ Education Fund

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/17/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.