WELCOME GRANT PROFESSIONALS!
Until further notice, our meetings will take place virtually.
Please refer to our list of COVID-19 grant resources and information for non-profits –
Thank you for your understanding and patience. Be safe.
We are happy to announce our slate of officers for 2021! Congratulations!
President: Dianna Pell
Vice President: Stacey Abate
Secretary: Kathie Bond
Treasurer: Chrissy DeMarco
Members-at-Large: Pat Bruder, Diane Scarangella
Past President: Dana Wilson
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
Please mark your calendar
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm (two sessions)
Place: Virtual (login information sent prior to meeting)
Presenter: Dana Wilson, Johna Rodgers
Topic: Winter Symposium – While last summer certainly brought the issue of systemic racism to every corner of the nation, efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector has been a topic of concern for many years. Nonprofits should regularly focus on increasing diversity and inclusivity in their Board of Directors, staff at all levels, and clients and communities served. However, this is often easier said than done. This Friday’s workshop will help you start the process, from examining how our own experiences inform our viewpoints to reviewing practical tools and exercises that a Board and staff can use to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in an organization.
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Johna Rodgers, GPC, has worked nearly 30 years to support and manage organizations of all types and sizes. A specialist in federal grant proposal development, she has secured more than $195 million for schools and educational groups. In 2013, she joined Grant Writing USA as a national trainer; in 2015, she traded in a regular paycheck for consulting. She is a 15-year member of GPA, a GPA Approved Trainer, and currently serves as Vice President of the GPA Board of Directors. She also is a founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of GPA. Johna has received national awards from both GPA and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) for contributions to the field. She is an original GPCI Subject Matter Expert and served as the first GPCI Exam Administrator, creating, and implementing the first exam protocols. Johna quarantines at her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her human and canine (unpaid) staff members.
Dana Y. Wilson is the immediate Past President and founding member of the NJ Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (NJGPA). Under her leadership, NJGPA earned Chapter of the Year Awards in 2018 (for most members recruited and retention) and 2019 (for member retention).
Ms. Wilson is the President of Trinity Support Services, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on grant writing, urban economic development, faith-based initiatives, and professional development. She is also simultaneously serving as Executive Director of three non-profits: Volunteer Guardianship One on One, Mt. Calvary CDC of Jersey City, and the National Educational Network, Inc. (NENI).
NENI hosts several online programs including the NED group, a national Linked In group for 500 Non-Profit Executive Directors nationwide. NENI also hosts an interactive Facebook Group called Living While Black USA, established after the death of George Floyd to address systemic racism in America. She also serves as the Co-Moderator of the Facebook Group Nonprofit for Newbies.
Ms. Wilson previously served as the Director of the Mercer County Educational Technology Training Center for K-12 teachers, an initiative of the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE). She also served as a grant reviewer (judge) for the NJDOE and the NJ Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. Ms. Wilson, a former Staff Writer for the Star-Ledger, lives in Edison.
REGION 6 REPRESENTATIVE
- Acting as a liaison with Headquarters and direct chapters to resources.
- Sharing successful chaptering practices among chapters.
- Sharing best practices from other chapters, monitoring chapter activity and attendance, and acting as a support system for new chapter officers.
- Attending and assisting at the Chapter Leader meetings at the Annual Conference and the April Leader Conference each year with attendance and some costs covered by GPA.
Get Connected – GRANTZONE
Your GPA membership provides you with access to GrantZone – a place to participate in discussions, ask questions of other GPA members, and share resources. Each NJ Chapter member is automatically a member of the New Jersey Chapter Community. You can join other communities, like Grant Consultants, K-12 Education, Healthcare, and many more.
It’s a fantastic resource and easy to use. You can access GrantZone from the GPA website, or go directly here and enter your GPA username and password. Members can control the frequency of messages they receive (real time, daily digest, no email). If you aren’t seeing any messages, check your settings as well as your spam folder.
Three or four members are needed for our Professional Development Committee: Overall goal is to set up professional conferences. the committee consists of a chair (selected by the President and Vice President to serve a 2-year term), Conference Committee Coordinator, and at least 2 other members-at-large. Activities can include: determining which topics are most relevant to members based on recent membership survey results; identifying persons who can present on those topics at chapter meetings, and making applicable arrangements for speakers
Two members needed for Membership Committee: Overall goal is to increase chapter membership and keep members informed of chapter news and events, etc. The Committee will meet at least two times per year. The committee consists of the Vice President, the chair (selected by the President and Vice President to serve a 2-year term) and at least one other member at-large. Activities can include:
- building an outreach/marketing list
- sending a welcome note to new chapter and non-chapter GPA members
- keeping the pulse on what chapter members want out of their chapter
- assisting the chapter President with maintaining the membership roster
- posting information on the chapter’s social media platforms