Mulberry & More is our capital campaign that will help ensure the future of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey.
This is a critical moment in time.
Back in 2010, former-Governor Christie eliminated $7.45 million in funding for family planning services from the state budget, amounting to an annual loss of $1.2 million from PPMNJ's operating budget. As a result, PPMNJ has had a loss of more than $8 million.
The impact of the multi-year state funding cuts caused PPMNJ to close one of our health centers, lay off education staff, suspend contribution to employee retirement plans, and delay introducing new healthcare services.
In the midst of the funding loss, after 31 years, PPMNJ was forced to relocate our downtown Newark health center and administrative headquarters due to the failing structural integrity of an adjacent building. Relocation and renovation costs of the new space amounted to an unbudgeted $1.2 million.
Compounding the problem, some members of Congress propose cutting federal family planning dollars, which would disproportionately affect Planned Parenthood and our patients, depriving them of access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and cancer screenings.
The Mulberry & More Campaign is about keeping vital services in our communities while expanding our vision.
Funding is never a certainty. To continue to provide vital services to women, men, and young people in Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, PPMNJ needs to reduce our dependency on government funding, and close the gap between our current funding base and the cost of providing healthcare services and innovative new programs that benefit our patients and communities.
The 5-year, $3.25 million Mulberry & More campaign seeks to achieve two main objectives: recoup the costs of the new Mulberry Street health center and administrative offices, and secure funds to sustain the delivery of vital healthcare and educational programming in Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties.
Join us in the Mulberry & More campaign
The Board of Trustees and PPMNJ staff are extremely grateful to our corporate, foundation, and individual donors. Your care and generosity will help us continue to make a difference into the next century.
You can support the Mulberry & More campaign by donating to the campaign, scheduling a tour of the new Mulberry Street health center and administrative offices, holding a Mulberry & More campaign event for friends and family, or by becoming a sponsor.
If you want to get involved, make a donation, or schedule a tour, please contact Senior Director of Development, Ishi Sahni at [email protected] or 973-622-3900 ext. 1232.