Alfred Sanzari Enterprises is headquartered at Court Plaza in Hackensack — Courtesy: Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
By Joshua Burd
The Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation has awarded 12 new grants totaling $50,000 that will support a series of community-focused programs throughout northern New Jersey.
The nonprofit, established by Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, is providing the funds as part of its fall 2023 grant program. This season’s recipients include Eva’s Village, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Northern NJ Community Foundation, Moms Helping Moms, Alliance for Morris County Parks, Girl Scouts of Northern NJ, Main Street Business Alliance, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern NJ, Christian Health Care Center, Center for Food Action, Young Life and Teaneck Junior Football.
The proceeds will support everything from substance abuse treatment and children’s mental health to food pantries and green infrastructure.
“We are deeply inspired by the unwavering commitment displayed by the staff and volunteers in the numerous nonprofit organizations across northern New Jersey,” said Dana Jareck, a member of the Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation board of trustees. “It is with immense pride that we help empower these 12 organizations in their pursuit of achieving their vital missions in the upcoming year.”
The foundation was established in 2006 to carry on the legacy of Alfred N. Sanzari, the real estate firm’s founder, through the promotion and support of a wide range of causes throughout northern New Jersey, according to a news release. Those causes include health care with a special focus on patient care and Parkinson’s disease, local education programs and programs that assist disadvantaged populations such as shelters and housing and services for women and children in need.
Since its founding, the ANS Family Foundation has donated more than $2 million to organizations throughout North Jersey and surrounding communities. The organization described this year’s recipients as follows:
- Eva’s Village is a nonprofit, comprehensive behavioral health and social service organization founded in 1982 in Paterson with a mission to provide care and support for people struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness and addiction.
- Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides New Jersey families with children with cancer with a place to turn for comfort and relief through free supportive services uniquely tailored to each family.
- The Northern NJ Community Foundation is a regional resource that seeks to improve community life through its work in the environment, arts and culture, public health, education, civic engagement and philanthropy.
- Moms Helping Moms is a Warren-based organization that provides underserved families in New Jersey with equitable access to the essentials their children need to have a safe and healthy start.
- The Alliance for Morris County Parks, working closely with the Morris County Park Commission, ensures residents have continued access to green open spaces, enrichment programs and educational resources that foster personal and community wellness, environmental sustainability and economic growth.
- Girl Scouts of northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5 to 18 in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and northern Warren counties, bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more than 18,500 girls and over 10,200 adult members.
- The Main Street Business Alliance, established as a public-private partnership between Hackensack’s business community and the city, is focused on improving the local economy and the overall business climate in Hackensack.
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) of Northern NJ’s mission is to strengthen and enhance the well-being of all who call upon the organization by providing professional and compassionate human services to effectively meet life’s many challenges.
- Christian Health for more than 100 years has fostered health, healing and wellness in northern New Jersey through a full continuum of senior life, mental health and short-term rehabilitation services.
- Founded in 1976, the Center for Food Action provides emergency services to northern New Jersey’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.
- Young Life is an international, nonprofit, non-denominational organization that offers a range of community-focused programs for teenagers, with an outreach arm known as YoungLives specifically focused on teen parents.
- Teaneck Junior Football provides children from ages 7 to 14 with a safe and secure football experience for the youth and parents of Teaneck.
The ANS Family Foundation has two grant cycles per year with grant amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000, the news release said. The foundation is currently in its second grant application period for 2023, with applications due by Feb. 28, 2024.