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Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Inc


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Inc

(formerly NBI Healthcare Foundation, Inc.)

60 E Willow St Fl 2

Millburn, NJ United States 07041-1438

Telephone: (973) 921-1210


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $173,295,509

Total giving: $7,248,208






Established in 1996 in NJ; an independent grantmaking organization converted from the sale of the assets of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System - The foundation is dedicated to continuing Beth Israel's founding health mission through philanthropy. The foundation's priorities are to advance the quality of and access to healthcare and wellness for vulnerable residents of the greater Newark New Jersey area, and to ensure access to healthcare and quality of life for vulnerable residents of the MetroWest Jewish community.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's grantmaking is focused on: 1) Serving the healthcare needs of the vulnerable populations of greater Newark, NJ; 2) Serving the healthcare needs of the MetroWest Jewish community of northern New Jersey; and 3) Applied clinical research and medical education that could positively impact the foundation's targeted communities. The foundation has an interest in innovative health-related programs for vulnerable communities and medically underserved populations, and supports efforts to improve humanism in medicine, especially programs that support compassion and cultural sensitivity in direct patient care.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Hospital-Acquired Delirium Prevention and Treatment Initiative

In April 2011, the foundation issued a request for proposal to seven area hospitals for projects to identify, prevent, and treat hospital-acquired delirium. The initiative responds to a well-documented problem common in hospitals nationwide. Although often undiagnosed and untreated, delirium is generally understood to be sudden mental confusion that develops hospitalized patients, resulting in shortened attention span and fluctuating levels consciousness. Symptoms ranging from quiet lack of connection to the external environment to incoherent speech, severe anxiety and even hallucinations and highly aggressive behavior can disappear shortly after discharge or persist long afterward. An independent evaluator engaged by the foundation is working with grantees to collect data based on common criteria and measurements so that meaningful information about cost savings and quality improvement can be gathered. It is this information that will, the foundation expects, lead hospitals to assume the cost of these programs in the future, and stimulate the replication of this work elsewhere.

Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Awards

Named after the foundation's founding chair, Lester Z. Lieberman, this program was begun in 1997 to recognize hospital employees, nursing students, and faculty in positions of direct patient care who demonstrate extraordinary compassion and kindness in their treatment of patients and families. Participation is invited from hospitals, long term care facilities and nursing schools in the region. Each honoree receives a $500 award and a Certificate of Recognition and is honored at an annual gala. In 2011 there were 35 honorees.

Veterans’ Mental Health Initiative

The foundation invites proposals from not-for-profit organizations for grants to strengthen mental health services for veterans living in Greater Essex County. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to organizations for projects that will strengthen mental health services. Eligible applicants will have projects that serve greater Essex County residents, with some priority given to projects actually located in and providing services in Newark, Irvington, Orange and East Orange. Applicants located outside of Essex County but primarily serving consumers living in Essex County may also be considered.Grants will be made on a one-year basis and if projects are successful will be considered for renewal. For more information see foundation web site or contact Marcy Felsenfeld, Prog. Off., tel.: (973) 921-1210, e-mail:

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Autism
  • Cancers
  • Children's hospital care
  • Diabetes
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Domestic violence
  • Family services
  • Geriatrics
  • Health
  • Health care access
  • Human services
  • Judaism
  • Medical education
  • Mental health care
  • Obesity
  • Palliative care
  • Physical fitness
  • Preventive care
  • Senior services
  • Substance abuse treatment
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • Veterans

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $173,295,509 (market value)

Gifts received: $5,100

Expenditures: $9,732,469

Total giving: $7,248,208

Qualifying distributions: $8,199,270