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Welcome to the Payne Foundation

Donald_Sr._photo5.jpgThe Donald M. Payne, Sr. Global Foundation will continue the legacy of Congressman Payne, an educator and passionate human rights advocate for our local and global communities.

Our gentle warrior shined a public spotlight on the world’s worst moral disasters and conditions, frequently in the face of danger. Congressman Payne taught us all that we must find ways to improve the lives of the most vulnerable amongst us.  Galvanized by his Newark roots, his role as Congressional Delegate to the United Nations and the human conditions he saw traveling around the world, Congressman Payne sponsored successful legislation to tackle social inequalities and empower people in the United States, Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean.  

Together with the world’s leading academic and social organizations, we work to eradicate social, educational and health disparities using cutting-edge research, partnerships with the world’s leading academic institutions, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students. Our mission is to inspire, prepare and support our communities to thrive as global citizens through collaborative social innovation.


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    Payne Papers Reception

    Archives and Special Collections Center Hosts Opening Reception of Donald M. Payne, Sr. Papers, Collection Now Available to Public Important collection chronicles the late congressman’s influence and impact on legislative and global policy during a lifetime of public service
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    Lecture series with Ambassador Susan Rice at SHU

    The Donald M. Payne, Sr. Global Foundation Lecture Series and Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations World Leaders Forum hosted U.S. National Security Adviser Ambassador Susan E. Rice on Thursday, April 30 at Seton Hall University. Ambassador Rice described how the U.S. is responding to global crises in several regions, particularly in Africa, where Congressman Payne played a key role in advancing effective U.S. engagement.  Following are the Ambassador's remarks: Today, I'm deeply honored to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who I was blessed to work alongside and to call my friend—one of Seton Hall's finest—Congressman Donald Payne, Sr. I first met Congressman Payne working on Africa issues—when I was on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration, and later when I was Assistant Secretary of State. He was Mr. Africa. He taught me so much, and he always kept me straight. He knew the issues, he asked the hard questions, and he cared so very deeply about making life better for people.
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