Jon Carl Lewis, Kenya Rourk, and Raj Manimaran selling I Am Trenton t-shirts at the Trenton People’s Bookfair, an Old Trenton Neighborhood Arts + Community grant recipient.

Jon Carl Lewis, Kenya Rourk, and Raj Manimaran selling I Am Trenton t-shirts at the Trenton People’s Bookfair, an Old Trenton Neighborhood Arts + Community grant recipient.

Our Mission

I Am Trenton Community Foundation was founded with the understanding that each and every individual who lives, works, learns and plays in Trenton can contribute to the city. We are an independent, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt community foundation operating under the leadership of an all-volunteer board of trustees, representative of the community, and dedicated to the mission of making Trenton even better through community engagement, building pride in our city, and community-focused giving.

I Am Trenton Community Foundation was formed in 2007 by a group of individuals united in their passion for the city. We are governed by a diverse, all-volunteer board of trustees committed to the mission of making Trenton even better through community engagement, building pride in our city and community-focused giving. Our name reflects a pride of ownership and membership in our unique urban community.

As a community foundation, we are an independent 501(c)3 organization that is not affiliated with city, county or state government, nor any other foundation, non-profit, political party or outside interest. We follow a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Like all community foundations, I Am Trenton raises funds to benefit the people of our city. In addition, I Am Trenton is looking for participation from every person, business and organization in our city in the belief that giving to help each other increases civic pride and engagement—making Trenton an even stronger community. We plan to be a lasting resource that will grow over time, making immediate and lasting contributions to Trenton.

I Am Trenton was founded with the understanding that each and every individual who lives, works, learns or plays in Trenton can contribute to the city. It is people like you — like your neighbor, your co-worker, your uncle, your niece, and the person who you sit next to in religious services — who can join our effort to strengthen our great city of Trenton so it can become, and forever remain, the city that we know it has the potential to be. Trenton is a city of great resources, both in terms of infrastructure — great parks, homes, history, entertainment venues, restaurants, and businesses — and in terms of close-knit communities and the people who live in them. We believe in a Trenton that provides opportunities for all, and we are committed to strengthening the community resources necessary to build and sustain growth. We believe in a unified Trenton that embraces opportunities for all Trentonians. We believe in a Trenton that is philanthropic, and shares its individual wealth — financial or in-kind — with others in an effort to build community wealth.

Most importantly, we believe in the people of Trenton. Our goal is to provide opportunities to all Trentonians to be actively engaged in shaping the future of our city.