Who We Are

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.


Both NJCA AND NJCAEF are committed to a New Jersey where everyone has a voice and everyone has equal opportunities to thrive, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic circumstances. To fully work toward this vision 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 primarily focused on research, policy development, and increasing public understanding and support for solutions that would end social, racial, and economic inequities that marginalized NJ communities face. NJCAEF also provides 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 advocacy with lawmakers and activists and promotes the election of candidates for political office who will support social, racial and economic justice policies that advance the interests of low- and moderate-income people and families. Gifts to the (c)(4) are not tax deductible.