New Jersey Citizen Action is a statewide coalition and grassroots organization that fights for social, racial, and economic justice for all.
A nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1982, NJCA combines political advocacy, electoral campaigns, public outreach, and community empowerment programs to make a real difference in the lives of everyday New Jerseyans. With this comprehensive approach, the organization addresses systemic and institutional issues as well as the pressing needs and interests of low- and moderate-income individuals across the state.
NJCA also works closely with our 501(c)(3) sister organization, New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, to provide education and research on issue campaigns that advance the interests of working families, including in health care, financial justice, workplace protections, anti-poverty and tax fairness.
NJCA vs. NJCAEF
In order to fully support and empower NJ working families while complying with federal tax law, it is necessary to operate under two organizational entities: New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) and the New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (NJCAEF).
The Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused primarily on providing important resources, tools, and services to marginalized NJ communities and individuals. Gifts to the (c)(3) are fully tax-deductible to the donor.
New Jersey Citizen Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that engages in direct political advocacy with lawmakers and activists. Gifts to the (c)(4) are not tax deductible.
NJCA and NJCAEF often collaborate on education and outreach to ensure maximum participation in programs and services. While these organizations have a close working relationship, they are distinctly separate, with different Boards of Directors, bylaws, and organizational budgets, and undergo separate financial audits by independent auditors annually. Each organization operates independently, and neither organization is a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the other.