The 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.