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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Welcome New Board Member: Madeline Rivera!

We are delighted to welcome three new board members to Gathering Ground, among them, Madeline Rivera.  Read below to learn more about Madeline.

Madeline Rivera

Madeline Rivera serves as Program Officer of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, where she is responsible for a variety of grantmaking initiatives for the Foundation and its fundholders. She manages a portfolio of community-based giving from its special project and business advised funds held at CFNJ. She serves as philanthropic liaison to special projects providing the link between grant-makers and program providers ensuring resources are deployed timely and reports are obtained. These projects include educational programs, giving circles and subject area research reports for grantmakers’ specific funding interests. Madeline works closely with community members in Monmouth and Mercer to give away place-based dollars.

Fun Facts About Madeline

  • She became a puppy mom for the first time in 2022
  • Her favorite foods are Asian and Mediterranean
  • Her favorite author is James Paterson

You can find Madeline Rivera at Community Foundation of New Jersey


“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)