Newark Now was founded by Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker five years ago to provide Newark residents with the skills, tools, and support to transform their neighborhoods. After a robust outreach effort, Newark Now’s work began with seven brave grassroots organizations during the summer of 2003. Today, those seven organizations are some of the most successful grassroots organizations within the City of Newark and have been joined by many more grassroots organizations that partner with Newark Now to improve their neighborhoods.
Over the years, Newark Now’s work has evolved. Today, Newark Now is an intermediary organization that partners with municipal government, residents, grassroots organizations, and the philanthropic community to catalyze the achievement of significant positive outcomes throughout the city. The organization channels the efforts and energy of the grassroots community to improve safety, economic independence, and civic participation.