Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

The South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition On

  • Maplewood, NJ
  • www.twotowns.org

Mission Statement

To achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Main Programs

  1. Integration through the Arts
  2. Academic Achievement Gap
  3. Affirmative Community Marketing
  4. Civic Engagement Institute
  5. Cultural Heritage Festival
  6. Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Prgram
  7. Conversations on Race
  8. Cultural Competency Community & Teacher Workshops
Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding communities in New Jersey

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Nancy Gagnier

Keywords

Self-reported

Intentional Integration; Diversity & Inclusion; race relations; racial integration; affirmative marketing

Notes from the Nonprofit

The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is a nationally recognized non-profit organization committed to building a thriving racially integrated suburban community. The Coalition created successful strategies that have resulted in stably integrated residential neighborhoods throughout these two towns – an achievement that has drawn the attention and respect of individuals and municipalities throughout the state and across the country.

In 1997, South Orange and Maplewood determined to move beyond diversity and take intentional steps towards integration. At that time, property values were stagnating and there was a growing perception of decline in the quality of local public schools. The Coalition was founded by a diverse group of citizens who realized that underlying these critical community concerns was the issue of race.

The members of the newly formed Coalition agreed that they would not shy away from difficult or uncomfortable conversations. Rather, they created a safe place for candid discussions to promote understanding, dispel misconceptions, and surface the very issues that perpetuated segregative patterns and impeded the community’s strength and stability.

And they did more than talk. They took concrete action to revitalize and re-envision their beloved community. They developed an array of pro-integrative strategies, including a marketing campaign promoting the towns’ vibrant, cosmopolitan suburban environment, initiatives aimed at addressing racial academic achievement gap in the schools, and arts programs as a catalyst for building authentic relationships among people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

For the past sixteen years, the Coalition has developed pro-integrative strategies that have had real, visible benefits for all people and that have engaged residents, state and local governments, realtors, and faith-based organizations to achieve broader, regional objectives.

The results of this work are exciting:
Racially integrated housing patterns in South Orange and Maplewood spread to almost every census tract.
Home prices in these two towns rose at a higher percent age rate between 1999-2009 than virtually all of the surrounding predominantly white communities and have rebounded since the economic downturn at a faster pace as well..
Residents embraced a commitment to integration as a distinguishing community value.
The two towns established a reputation as a vibrant, forward-thinking community – where small town security meets big city sophistication. A great place to live and raise a family.

In addition to working to maintain stable integration, the next phase of the Coalition’s work will focus on creating pathways to full participation and shared leadership in civic life as well as expanding opportunities to build authentic relationships across racial barriers.

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Also Known As

Community Coalition On Race

EIN

22-3510833

Physical Address

516 Prospect Street

Maplewood, NJ 07040

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Our Goals:

·         Our schools are racially integrated and have closed the achievement gacivic, and business organizations in both towns are racially representative and have embraced racial integration and inclusion as a civic value.
 

 

·         It is common throughout the community to see people of all races socializing together in public and in private
 

 

·         All of this is accomplished while property values in all neighborhoods continue at optimal levels for the current market conditions.
 

 

·         The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race model is instrumental in building racially integrated and truly inclusive communities throughout the nation and other communities ask the Coalition for consultation and guidance.

Programs

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

Program 1

Integration through the Arts

By hosting participatory arts experiences, our Integration through the Arts program uses the arts to bring together people of different races and cultural backgrounds to build authentic relationships across racial boundaries and move towards true social integration.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 2

Academic Achievement Gap

The Community Coalition on Race through its Schools Committee is at the forefront of efforts to address and eliminate the academic achievement gap as an essential element of our effort to create true integration among and within our schools. We work to encourage alliances between the public and private sectors to foster the development of successful educational partnerships among teachers, administrators, parents, students, researchers, business and community organizations. We promote parental involvement and empowerment and work to ensure that students of all races are expected and encouraged to excel in a community that is proud and supportive of our schools

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 3

Affirmative Community Marketing

The mission of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is to benefit the residents of our two-town community by developing and implementing strategies to:
-Promote strong and sustained demand by all racial groups for housing in every area of our community;
-Replace racially separate and unequal markets for community living with balanced and robust markets within our area of influence and beyond the community
The objectives of the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition’s Marketing Program is to affirmatively market the two towns.

Category

Ethnic Groups' Rights & Racial Equality

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Civic Engagement Institute

Participation in school, civic, governmental and business organizations by people of all races and persuasions is a necessary condition for a truly inclusive, racially integrated community. Our quality of life is improved by the innovative solutions, shared responsibility, expanded talent pool and increased sense of a united community that results from full engagement of all groups. The graduates of the CEI commit to a minimum of 6 months of volunteer service in a local organization. We ran our first CEI in the fall of 2013 with great success. The 14 participants gave high praise for the level of training they received; two have already started new neighborhood associations. We have received inquiries about participation in 2014 from new students.
Project Goal: to provide training and education in order to increase interest, participation, comfort level, and probability for success among underrepresented groups in our community in volunteer and leadership roles in civic, government, and community organizations.
CEI Objectives:
• Provide a series of training and educational workshops for prospective volunteers that incorporate presentations by local professionals and government leaders, case studies, group discussions, skills assessment tools, and interactive techniques.
• Engage 15-20 participants from Maplewood and South Orange
• Offer six two-hour workshops that include:
1. Introduction to Volunteerism and Time Management Tips
2. Understanding Volunteer Styles
3. The Volunteer as Advocate and Participant in the Change Process
4. Situational Case Studies
5. Government & Organization Structures
6. Service Organization Leaders Presentations & Closing Ceremony

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$7,500.00

Program 5

Cultural Heritage Festival

Cultural Heritage Festival
Project Goal: To position the Coalition on Race as an organization concerned with the inclusion of all races.
Festival Objectives:
• Enhance public awareness, education, and appreciation of different cultures
• Promote our mission of encouraging interracial harmony, appreciation and diversity
• Expose the surrounding communities to the varied cultures in our area in an entertaining setting
• Draw greater attention to the Coalition and its work
• Attract a broader funding base by drawing greater attention to the Coalition and its work
Description: The Cultural Heritage Fair will offer live music, food vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the entire family highlighting the various cultures representing our community. Attendees will be encouraged to sing along, engage in ethnic dances, listen to music from other countries, make crafts and objects from other nations, and discover the history, language and garb of other cultures. Food vendors will offer a variety of ethnic foods. Exhibitors and vendors will display a variety of art objects, crafts, and ornamental items from different lands, and much more. Vendor income will be used to help defray the expense of the festival.

Category

Cultural Festivals

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 6

Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Prgram

Project Goal: provide low-cost loans for home maintenance to support and sustain stable, integrated neighborhoods in both towns.
Objectives:
• Design and distribute brochures
• Advertise loan availability
• Make from 6 up to 15 loans within the identified census tracts
Description: The Community Coalition on Race from its very inception has included a strong focus on residential integration: people of different races living in every neighborhood throughout the towns. In 2013, we developed a new loan program for home maintenance and improvement costs. A stable neighborhood is one where residents and potential homebuyers feel confident that their investment is secure. Improved property maintenance contributes to neighborhood stabilization.

Category

Home Repair Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

Program 7

Conversations on Race

Conversations on Race
Project Goal: Host two community conversations on the topic ‘Understanding Our Collective Biases,’ beginning with one led by an outside expert or a panel in the area of race relations, community healing, and implicit bias
Conversations Objectives:
• Engage at least 80 residents in conversation about race-related topic relevant to our community
• Bridge racial barriers
• Provide safe space to examine the concept of implicit bias
• Address the following questions:
 What is implicit bias
 What can we as a community do to combat implicit bias
 How can people address their own racial biases
 Whether all people in our community feel safe in light of recent racial incidents

Description: After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, President Obama asked Americans to have thoughtful conversations about race and its impact on our lives. For over 10 years the Coalition on Race has engaged the community in discussions about how we face race, how we build relationships across racial and cultural barriers, and how our perceptions of race affect our day-to-day experience in our towns. Conversations on Race is an annual event that serves part of the Community Coalition on Race’s mission to provide residents with opportunities to engage in honest dialogue between racial groups.

Category

Diversity Studies

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

Program 8

Cultural Competency Community & Teacher Workshops

What is cultural competency? How can our community leverage diversity and become more culturally sensitive? In a community like ours that values diversity, we all need to be more conscious of the dynamics of different cultures interacting. It takes work to understand our own biases and to see patterns of discrimination; learning to recognize cultural differences and intra-cultural differences will help illuminate the complexities of diversity that challenge us.

Category

Intergroup Relations

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New Jersey

South Orange, Maplewood, and surrounding communities in New Jersey

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD COMMUNITY COALITION ON RACE, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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The South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition On

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Principal Officer

Nancy Gagnier

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Leila Gonzalez Sullivan

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & 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

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity