As the president of the NJ SIM Foundation, I take great pride in the work that the foundation has accomplished since its inception.
Our mission from the beginning was to serve the financial and technology needs of charitable organizations in the State of New Jersey. The foundation also provides financial support to individuals residing in and studying in New Jersey who need financial assistance to continue their education in the field of information technology.
I am happy to report that this past fiscal year has been one of the most successful and productive years in the foundations history. Since September of 2012, the NJ SIM Foundation has approved grants and scholarships in the amount of $106,045.
- Beth Miriam House of Hospitality
- Goryeb Children's Hospital
- Market Street Mission
- Team Charter Schools
- Community Foodbank of New Jersey
- Giving Hope Network
- Matheny Medical and Educational Center
- Millhill Child & Family Development
- Morris Habitat for Humanity
- The Jersey Explorer Children's Museum
- Scholarships (4) Rutgers and NJIT Students
I want to acknowledge the work of the Foundations Board and our committee leadership for their dedication, commitment of personal time and efforts:
- Bob DeCarlo - Past President
- Douglas Gabel - EVP
- Bill Curran - Secretary
- Yee Jao - VP
- Mark Barash - Treasurer
- Chuck Schmidt - Events Committee
- John Palinkas - Foundation Awareness
- Fran Daly - Grant Solicitation & Review
- David Royack - Relationship Management
- Frank Giannelli - Scholarship Management
During 2013, the NJ SIM Foundation also hosted our first Educational Breakfast & Learn for Not-for-Profits. This was a joint effort between the NJ SIM Foundation and NPower. We had over 65 individuals registered representing over 40 charities. The feedback from the attendees was exceptional. We will be planning additional events during our fiscal year.
Our Annual CIO Technology Exchange and Charity Golf outing was another great success raising over $95,000 from our corporate sponsors and individual donations. The Giving Hope Network (GHN) was this year's primary beneficiary of our golf outing with $30,000 being donated by the foundation to support GHN's "Hear Me Now" program for children with autism. The foundation also provided four college students from NJIT and Rutgers University each scholarships in the about of $2,500 each.
In the beginning of our fiscal year our goals were to increase the number of grants we receive and approve, expand the number of educational institutions we serve, build closer relationships with our prior grant recipients and lastly increase the number of foundation fund raising events we have each year. I am pleased with the progress we have made over this past year and I am looking forward to expanding our existing programs and our community relationships.
I would like to thank all of the foundation's Board members, Committee Leaders and their dedicated committee members for volunteering to make a difference in the lives of so many individuals in need.
We encourage SIM NJ Chapter members to get involved with the NJ SIM Foundation as a volunteer on one of our committees. If you are interested in learning more about the work we do and how you can help, please feel free to touch base with me to discuss.
Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.
Michael J. Szot
NJ SIM Foundation
NJ SIM Foundation-Executive Committee
Executive Committee (EC) Members are elected annually as specified in the SIM New Jersey Foundation By-Laws. The EC of the NJ SIM Chapter and the President of the Foundation serve as the Board of Directors for the Foundation.
Foundation EC Members may create and chair sub-committees of members of the NJ SIM Chapter to assist the Foundation EC Member in executing their role. Sub-Committee members are not elected positions, are voluntary, and may be formed or disbanded at any time. However, they must be members of the NJ SIM Chapter.
The EC sponsors Sub-Committees to further the interest of the NJ SIM Chapter, and to provide an opportunity for members to become involved in and contribute to the Foundation's business and activities. Members may volunteer for Sub-Committees by contacting the appropriate Foundation EC Member.
Executive Vice President
Immediate Past President