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South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund Helps Students Continue Education At Our Lady of Mercy Academy

One-hundred percent of the critical funds were appropriated to students and families with need.

Haddonfield, NJ – Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA), a private Catholic all-girls high school, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of South Jersey’s (CFSJ) COVID-19 Response Fund.

One-hundred percent of the critical funds were appropriated to students and families with need.

With major fundraising events having to be canceled, one-hundred percent of the grant was used to provide additional financial aid for families in need. 

“Having personally experienced the impact of a Covid-related job loss, this grant helped to alleviate some of the pressure we are feeling,” one OLMA parent said. “With my daughter in her senior year, and with my job eliminated back in May, we had to take a hard look at the financial realities facing our family.  We were determined to find a way to keep her at OLMA for her final year, but not completely certain where the money would come from to make that happen in this difficult economy. Every scholarship or alternate source of funding is important, and this particular grant certainly helped us in that respect. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of South Jersey and OLMA for their help.” 

“Thanks to the Community Foundation of South Jersey, several OLMA families received some much-needed assistance to bridge the gap created by this year’s unprecedented challenges,” said Brooke A. Coyle, Head of School.  “We encourage our students to find a way to be the light for someone else every day.  We were able to do just that and more for these families, and we could not be more grateful for the Community Foundation of South Jersey’s compassion and support.”

“We are impressed by the generosity of the OLMA family as they have worked tirelessly to provide a world-class education for young women in South Jersey,” said CFSJ Executive Director Andy Fraizer. “We are proud to support their mission of empowering young women to be at the forefront of positive change in our communities, and to achieve their potential.”

The South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund continues to assist local nonprofits that need support in order to serve communities impacted by the pandemic.

If you would like to support the only such fund where donations stay in our South Jersey region, please visit

About Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) is a college preparatory, all-girls Catholic high school in Franklin Township, New Jersey.  

It was founded by the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1962. As the only all-girls high school in Southern New Jersey, OLMA empowers young women to lead a world of change and achieve their full potential as individuals, scholars, athletes, leaders, and in service to others.  

Rooted in the Catholic faith and guided by the spirit of Saint Mary Joseph Rossello, the OLMA school community thrives on a sisterhood that celebrates differences and the unique gifts God has provided each individual; pride, passion, and purpose in their actions; and a caring environment of unconditional acceptance, support, and achievement.  

For more information about Our Lady of Mercy Academy, please visit

About the Community Foundation of South Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) envisions an eight-county region thriving, where all neighbors aspire, succeed, participate, and give.

The vision is realized as CFSJ inspires generosity, manages and deploys permanent charitable assets, and exercises collaborative leadership to create a more equitable region.

CFSJ works with South Jersey philanthropists, local nonprofits, and neighbors to build capital, contribute assets, and create permanent endowments for impact in perpetuity.

By aligning donor interests and using the investment earnings on each of its endowed funds, CFSJ makes grants and builds leadership within the community to create thriving, equitable, and livable communities for all.

Currently, CFSJ manages assets of more than $23 million. CFSJ has issued more than $9 million in nonprofit grants and scholarships. Learn more about CFSJ at