What Is The Greater Newark Holiday Fund?

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund has been around for over 80 years and is a registered 501C(3) charitable organization dedicated to helping families in crisis during the holiday season and all year round. We make our annual appeal for donations that support the work of 11 social service agencies in the northern New Jersey area. These agencies provide financial assistance and vital services to those less fortunate in our community.

Is My Donation Tax-Deductible?

Yes. A donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund may be used as a charitable deduction on your income tax, subject to normal guidelines and regulations. Consult your tax adviser for more information.

Who Is Helped By The Fund?

Our mission is to help families in crisis regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or country of origin. The Fund’s partner agencies deliver social services and direct assistance to people of all ages; from children in need of foster care or adoptive homes to the elderly who require assistance in their daily lives. We serve the economically disadvantaged, mentally or physically challenged, victims of crime or violence, military families, and others who need a helping hand.

Where Will My Donation Be Used?

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund supports social services in six New Jersey counties: Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris and Bergen.

What Kind Of Agencies Does The Fund Support?

We work with 11 social service agencies across northern New Jersey. They include outstanding independent charities and regional branches of nationally famous organizations. Each agency has a long history of providing effective, cost-efficient aid to individuals and families.

How Much Of My Donation Goes To The Social Service Agencies?

On average over 75% of the total raised by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund goes to our agency partners. We are able to do this by keeping our administrative costs to a minimum.

Does The Fund Operate Year-Round?

Yes. Although our public fund-raising campaign runs from mid-November through mid-January, we welcome contributions throughout the year. We hold the money for distribution to our partner agencies during the holiday period. That is when they need it most, at the end of the year when the cold creates greater hardships and budgets are ending. Our campaign runs during that same period because that’s when people open their hearts in a special way to the needs of others. We believe a holiday appeal is the most effective way of focusing their attention on the less fortunate.

What Is The Deadline For Donations To This Year’s Campaign?

Donations to this year’s campaign may be made through January 31. Contributions made after January 31 will be applied to next year’s campaign. These donations will be acknowledged shortly after the launch of next year’s campaign.

Can I Donate Online?

You may donate online here. We will also accept checks mailed to our PO Box:

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 59
Newark, NJ 07101

Where Can I Learn More About The Work Sponsored By The Fund?

The Star-Ledger carries daily stories about the work we sponsor throughout the campaign. You can read them in the print edition or at Check out our blog as well for stories of the difference our fund makes in the community.