Children growing up in major cities, including Camden, Newark, and Trenton, face challenges across measures of economic security, health, and education. New Jersey has the second most segregated school district in the country, and ranks seventh worst for income inequality in the nation. These inequalities expose thousands of children to early adversity, and the scale of disadvantage is seen at both the state and municipal level.
The Burke Foundation invests in the most promising community-led interventions serving the needs of children from birth to five and their families in New Jersey.
The Foundation has focused its investments on Newark, Camden, and Trenton because of their geographic representation, strong local non-profit base, evidence of collaboration, and a real possibility for positive, measurable impact for families and children.
In partnership with these resilient communities, the Burke Foundation focuses on strengthening the systems of care that serve low-income families.