In early 2019, First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy officially launched Nurture NJ, a multi-pronged, multi-agency initiative that aims to make New Jersey the safest place for women to give birth and raise a child. Alongside this effort, five funders in New Jersey— The Burke Foundation, Community Health Acceleration Partnership, The Nicholson Foundation, Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—launched the New Jersey Birth Equity Funders Alliance (The Alliance) to support community-based solutions and BIPOC-led organizations in addressing maternal mortality and birth equity in New Jersey.
The Alliance came together in a spirit of collective commitment and action to support families, communities, the public sector, and community-based organizations (CBO) in the goal of achieving full birth equity in New Jersey. The Alliance supports capacity building for BIPOC-led CBOs to deliver on and expand existing work by providing resources and connecting CBOs with systems and services. The long-term goal is to increase accountability in government systems for birth outcomes and racial equity in those outcomes.