NJ Club Foundation

Origins, Structure, and Continuing Mission

Established by the New Jersey Club Managers Association in 1996, the New Jersey Club Foundation is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The Board of Directors consists of twelve members: eight CMAA New Jersey chapter members, a financial advisor, a student/faculty advisor, and two individuals from club-related industries.

Since its inception, the NJCF has contributed more than $750,000 to financially support manager's education, student support and development and worthy charities. Recent recipients are: NJ State Golf Association Youth Foundation, Eva's Village, Hemophilia Association of NJ and CuresMA. Other charities have included Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Advancing Opportunities, Christine's Hope for Kids Foundation, Community Food Bank of NJ . 180 Turning Lives Around, St Jude's Children's Hospital and The First Tee. The New Jersey Club Foundation has contributed more than $430,000 to various charities. Funding of over $84,000 has been provided for student chapter programs at the Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Foundation has reimbursed more than $95,000 to member clubs for Business Management Institute scholarships and approximately $140,000 for hospitality students.

Recent Donations were contributed to the CMAA Club Foundation, Oakland Hills Employee Relief ClubsHelp Fund, AABR Foundation, International CHRIE ESD Event Sponsorship. Past donations included Community Food Bank of NJ, Red Cross Katrina Hurricane Relief Fund, Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and Texas Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The NJCF accomplished its initial goal of raising $500,000 in endowment funds to continue its mission and, in 2005, the Directors increased the objective to $1,000,000. A prudent, conservative investment strategy combined with annual fund-raisers allowed the Foundation to reach this goal.

Purpose and Objectives

  • Advance the club management profession with support for Club Manager and Assistant Club Manager educational programs.
  • Create greater public awareness of related professional opportunities by providing financial assistance to individuals interested in Club and Hospitality fields.
  • Promote the Club Management profession through academic programs offered by colleges, culinary schools and universities in New Jersey and other states.
  • Cooperate in the dissemination of professional information to allied associations, academic institutions and other hospitality-involved groups.
  • The corporation may also elect to contribute to local charitable organizations.

The New Jersey Club Foundation provides funding for BMI programs and related expenses for managers and for speakers at chapter educational meetings. Funds are also available to Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Delaware student chapters to facilitate their attendance at CMAA meetings and national conferences.

The New Jersey Club Foundation, established in 1996 by the New Jersey Club Managers Association, is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The sources of financial support will be a Golf Tournament, Food & Wine Trade Show and various other fundraisers that will be conducted by Directors of the Foundation and other volunteers.

The activities listed will be initiated by the Directors beginning in 1996.

To financially support educational programs for members of the New Jersey Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America who are working as Club Managers and Assistant Managers to further the Club Management profession through continuing educational programs. This will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Chapter Educational programs held in conjunction with scheduled meetings of the association throughout the year.
  • Half day or One day workshops endorsed by the CMAA for educational credits recognized by the Club Management Institute Professional Development Program that will assist managers and assistant managers in achieving the Certified Club Manager designation.
  • Support of manager attendance at Educational programs in the Business Management Institute series I-V and Sports Management, Food and Beverage Management and new programs as they are developed.
  • Independent Study Courses that are relevant to the Club Management profession.
  • Independent research by club managers to achieve the Master Club Manager designation or independent research to publish in professional journals that may be required to achieve a MBA or PhD.
  • Support of faculty members' research at accredited institutions.
  • Field trips to the Culinary Institute of America, clubs and other educational institutions with hospitality, culinary or business programs by club managers or students.

To provide financial assistance to individuals from the public sector, to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Students interested in the Club and/or hospitality field and students enrolled in two or four year hospitality education programs.
  • To promote the club management profession through academic programs offered by community colleges, trade schools, culinary schools and universities, both in New Jersey and in other states.
  • To cooperate in the dissemination of professional information to allied associations, academic institutions and other groups involved in the hospitality field.
  • To make contributions to charitable organizations, located with in the state of New Jersey:non-profit organizations which distribute food and/or shelter to the needy and non-profit organizations which care for battered women and children.

The New Jersey Club Foundation has created an endowment, with a goal of $1,000,000.00, which will ensure that funds are available in perpetuity for the above stated purposes.

Scholarships Available:

NJCF Student Scholarship-4 Year College

NJCF Student Scholarship-Community College

Rita F. Galante Scholarship and Application

Karl G. Habib Wine Scholarship and Application


Please submit application to:

Joe Kuntar

Chairman of the New Jersey Scholarship Committee

[email protected]

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