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No one should be hungry or cold or alone during this season. Every child should know that someone cares. Your support can make a difference in the lives of needy families.

Frank Ferruggia, President
Greater Newark Holiday Fund

76th Annual Campaign to Help Needy a Success


For 76 years the Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been making the holidays brighter for our less fortunate neighbors in north Jersey. Our 2013 anniversary campaign has been one of the best ever, thanks to generous donors across the state. As the story under “Latest News” notes, it raised $365,000, which is an increase of 11% over 2012.

Our thanks go out to all those donors who opened their hearts to the plight of the neediest members of our community. We are also grateful to our dedicated volunteers and our partner, The Star-Ledger of Newark. Thank you.

Your donations make a real difference in fighting poverty and alleviating suffering. GNHF distributes this money to nearly a dozen outstanding service agencies. Our partner agencies provide:
• Food for the Hungry
• Shelter for the Homeless
• Care for Seniors
• Clothes and Toys for Kids
• Crucial services to individuals and families in crisis

Every holiday season GNHF supplements agency resources by soliciting donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Our 2012 campaign closed on January 31, 2013, but you can still make an impact through donations to the fund. We are already preparing for the 2013 campaign, and will gladly accept contributions throughout the year. Thank you for your help in continuing this good work. Learn more>>

Current Donations


Latest News

January 22, 2014
Greater Newark Holiday Fund Distributes Additional $91,800 to Local Service Agencies

Donations Reach $275,000;
This Year’s Campaign Closes January 31

NEWARK, NJ (January 22, 2014) — In its second distribution of the 2013 campaign, the Greater Newark Holiday Fund (GNHF; www.holidayfund.org) has sent $91,800 to eleven social service agencies to help fund their work on behalf of needy individuals and families in six counties of northern New Jersey. GNHF had distributed $101,500 in mid-December, bringing total distributions for the campaign to $192,800. Learn more>

November 10, 2013
Greater Newark Holiday Fund chairman is dedicated to community service

When he’s not in the boardroom, John Nietzel can probably be found in a soup kitchen or at a charitable community event.
In addition to his work at Investors Bank, where he is a senior vice president, Nietzel also serves on the board of the Paper Mill Playhouse, the Newark Regional Business Partnership and on New Jersey’s Autism Education Foundation and March of Dimes chapter.
Now, he will add to his resume chairman of the 2013 Greater Newark Holiday Fund. The charity raises money throughout the year — especially during the holiday season — to serve the needs of homeless New Jerseyans, abused and neglected children, people living below the poverty line and the elderly.
Learn more>

February 13, 2013

75th Annual Fund Raises $365,000
Contributions to this year’s campaign topped the 2011 total by $36,593, a gratifying 11% increase. Fund directors have expressed their gratitude to individual, foundation, and corporate donors for their generosity. GNHF has already started accepting donations to the 2013 fund. The public campaign will launch during the winter holiday season. Watch this site for more news and announcements.
Learn more>

January 15, 2013

GNHF Puts $70,000 More into Community
With the Fund’s second distribution of donations to eleven North Jersey social service agencies, a total of $170,000 in badly-needed support has been put to work in the last three weeks. There’s more to come. Help us continue to lighten the burden of those in need as our 2012 campaign draws to a close on January 31. Make your donation now. Learn more>

December 26, 2012

GNHF Distributes $100,000 to Charities
Many people in North Jersey are struggling to make ends meet. Others are trying to rebuild their lives after catastrophes, including Hurricane Sandy. Now social service agencies have more resources to help them. The Fund just made its first distribution of donations of the 2012 holiday season. Thank you for caring. Please continue to support this vital work. Learn more>>