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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Transformational Grant to Family Success Institute  

Funds Will Support Family Success Movement Led by N.J. Nonprofit

East Orange, N.J. – The Family Success Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building up families and the communities that surround them, was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help transform communities for family success.

“We are thrilled to be recipients of this generous grant from RWJF,” said Tim Carden, Executive Director, Family Success Institute (FSI). “These funds will directly aid our work as we strive for transformational thinking and action across New Jersey at the state and local levels, and promote the practice of divesting from distress, and investing in success.”

Budgeted over two years, the grant will fund local initiatives; help FSI empower communities through outreach and education to local residents, service and faith-based organizations, nonprofit and for-profit businesses and government entities; and foster the expansion and impact of FSI’s Learning Community, a group of local leaders and advocates who share information, experiences and inspiration to formulate positive strategies for better outcomes.

“Promoting strength and success within families and the communities that surround them has never been more important,” said Tom Blatner, Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors, FSI. “We have seen time and again that strong families lead to strong communities, and healthy communities help support those families. We are excited to receive this grant and continue our mission to assure all families have what they need to achieve wellbeing as a right, not a privilege.”

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About Family Success Institute

The Family Success Institute (FSI) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports a transformational shift in public funding and programs, away from a model of reacting to family distress and toward a proactive model of investing in supports and services that enhance community and family strength. With a goal of promoting family success at the state and local levels, FSI conducts policy analysis, forms coalitions and promotes public dialogue to fulfill the organization’s vision of every family and community having the resources, opportunities and support they need to successfully raise children from birth to young adulthood. The organization is joined by a “Learning Community” of local advocates, government and nonprofit leaders, and residents who share information, experiences and inspiration to formulate positive strategies for change and demonstrate how powerful, place-based community mobilization can achieve better outcomes for children and youth. For more information, go to

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