Tag Archives: Research Library

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

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WEBINAR – Finding Your Women Ancestors in New Jersey Records

Are you trying to research a female ancestor from New Jersey and don’t know where to start?  Regina Fitzpatrick, Genealogy Librarian at the New Jersey State Library will review how to find women in popular New Jersey genealogical collections.  Learn smart research strategies within individual collections and more about collections you may not have thought to check for your ancestor.

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WEBINAR – Shining a Light on Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in all Levels of New Jersey Government

Our tax dollars fund the State of New Jersey so it is important to ensure that our money is being spent properly.  Fraud, waste, and abuse cause unnecessary burdens to be placed on not only the taxpayer, but different branches, departments, and agencies.  In 2007, the Office of the State Comptroller was created to battle fraud, waste, and abuse through accountability, audits, and investigations.  It also provides an avenue for citizens and groups to report suspected abuse, fraud, or waste to help the agency carry out it’s duties.  Please join us as Nicole Acchione and Rich O’Brien of the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller, Investigations Division, discuss the work of their office and what you can do if you suspect government fraud, waste or abuse.

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Persist and Prevail: African American Family Achievements

Tracing African American lineage in the United States can be very difficult, especially if one’s ancestors were slaves.  While records were kept listing slaves as property, often times they did not include the name of the slave and if they did, it was only a first name.  Please join us as Muriel “Dee Dee” Roberts and Barbara Riley Polk discuss how a 1938 Works Progress Administration slave narrative helped answer their family questions and expanded their research.  They will also touch on how DNA testing was able to confirm their findings.

Dee Dee is currently serving her 4th year as Secretary and 9th year as Membership Chairperson for the New Jersey Chapter of the Afro–American Historical and Genealogical Society.   She is also a member of the Hudson County Genealogical Society and a charter member of SDUSMP, Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage.

Barbara Riley was a professional librarian for over 40 years and is an amateur historian and a collector of books of the African American experience.  She also volunteers in the Local History Department at the Plainfield Public Library.

 

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Picturing Your Research – Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images

Did you realize that you have a UNIQUE, never shared before collection of archival materials in your house right now? Your family photos!  Your research can come alive with images, but finding, scanning, and preserving them can be a daunting prospect. In this talk, we’ll look at all three—from the perspective of a designer, photographer, researcher, and archivist (in training). Michelle D. Novak will give us an introduction on how to best scan the images you have, ways to find images in collections to supplement your research, new online resources to help identify those mystery people, and share some tips for protecting the photos and artifacts for future generations. (P.S., It’s her favorite talk and a hot-topic!)

Michelle D. Novak is a brand designer at [MND] (mnd.nyc) which serves finserv, education, and technology clients; genealogist; and teacher. She is a Master of Information student (formerly, MLIS) at Rutgers University in archives and digitization, holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and certificates from Boston University, Gen-Fed, and the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh, among others. Novak is Trustee and Webmaster for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC), New Jersey, and a former Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ). She also serves as Project Administrator for the GSNJ-NJSA New Jersey Early Land Records Project (a joint project between the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey State Archives); Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, The Archivist; and is involved with numerous transcription, indexing, publicity, and digitization projects.

 

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Investment Basics

Join us for a COMPLIMENTARY seminar from the Credit Union of New Jersey to help you better understand investments.  Investments are a key part of a person’s financial well-being and long term financial plans.  Britany Enelow, Financial Advisor, will outline different types of investment vehicles and their associated risks, including:

  • Benefits and Risks of Investing
  • Types of Common Investments
  • Understanding Your Risk Tolerance
NOT A CREDIT UNION DEPOSIT; NOT NCUA INSURED; NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY; NOT GUARANTEED BY THE CREDIT UNION; MAY GO DOWN IN VALUE.
Securities, Investment Advisory and Financial Planning services offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC: 222 Central Park Ave Suite 1100 Virginia Beach VA 23462 (757) 490-9041. Member Wealth Management and Credit Union of NJ are not subsidiaries or affiliates of MML Investors Services, LLC.  CRN202004-253092

 

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Using Online Polish Archives for Genealogical Research

Elana Broch is an amateur genealogist who has spent much of her research efforts trying to find out about her grandfather, Saul Lichtman, a 1941 Holocaust victim.  Although Lichtman’s birth town (Bilshivtsi) is now in Ukraine, the town (Bolszowce) was Polish until after World War II.  Many Polish records of that era defy the rules of archival provenance and are in the Polish Archives in Warsaw (AGAD).  Her genealogical quest took her to the Polish historical archives in Warsaw in 2018. It was a long way to go to find out that the archival records aren’t freely available.  Fortunately, many of them are available online. Her presentation will focus on Ancestry.com and the Polish archives online at https://www.szukajwarchiwach.gov.pl/en/strona_glowna.

 

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Lifelong Financial Education

Finances play an important role in our everyday lives and often determine what we can and cannot do, such as buy/lease a new card, rent or buy a home, and even how often we can treat ourselves to meals at a restaurant.   As we grow and make more financial obligations, especially planning for retirement, it is important to be educated in financial literacy to make sure we make the appropriate decisions based on our goals and means.  Dayana Moya and Brad Katz, from Lifelong Investments LLC, will discuss 4 important parts of financial literacy:

1. How to make a financial plan
2. Income, benefits and spending
3. Saving and Investing
4. Risk Management

Dayana Moya is the Client Relationship Manager at Lifelong Investments LLC.  She is also a licensed Insurance Agent.  In her role, she is responsible for assessing, researching and advising clients regarding their insurance needs; in addition to building and maintaining relationships with Lifelong’s clients which includes everyday client services and administration of the office on a daily basis.  Dayana received her Bachelor of Science in International Business Management from Bloomfield College.

Brad Katz, CWS®, AIF® is the founder of Lifelong Investments LLC and is a Registered Principal with First Allied Securities with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Specializing in comprehensive wealth management services, Brad works with each client to determine their specific goals and objectives before crafting a customized strategy designed to not only grow their wealth, but to also protect, distribute, and transfer their wealth.

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Financial Aid Information Session

Paying for college can be a complex and confusing process, from finding scholarships, to applying for financial aid, to determining which student loans are the best fit.  Sharon Austin from The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority will help to clear the confusion through their Financial Aid Information Session.  This session will provide useful information on all of the Federal and State grants, scholarships and loan programs available through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Key information and requirements on filing the FAFSA are covered.  In addition,  college cost of attendance, the expected family contribution and their combined role in determining aid will also be covered.

 

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Finding Funding for Your Education

Are you looking for undergraduate scholarships, seeking doctoral support or looking for funding to continue your education?

This class will provide an introduction to the New Jersey State Library Funding Information Center’s collection of resources for education. Learn about different sources of funding, ways to leverage existing connections to funders, and online resources that provide information on scholarships from foundations, including the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database.  Time will be given at the end of the class to search the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online database for possible funding opportunities.

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Time Management Program Recap

Many of us struggle to effectively manage our time at work or at home.  From family commitments, to errands, to project deadlines, time slowly takes over everything we do.  But how much of our time is being spent effectively?  We all have been guilty of procrastination, yet being able to manage our time efficiently, will help make sure we have enough time for our needs and wants, while also promoting a healthier you, both mentally and physically.

Some general tips for better time management include:

  • 7-8 hours of sleep – getting adequate sleep will help ensure your mind remains focused and you are less likely to have bouts of tiredness during the day
  • Keep a daily planner – this will help ensure you set aside the right amount of time for your tasks and even help you plan in advance.  It is also a written record of your commitments and will help hold yourself accountable for finishing them
  • Tackle difficult tasks when you are fresh and alert – if you are not 100% focused on the task at hand, you are more likely to make mistakes or miss things, that can cause you to spend more time correcting things later
  • Take breaks when beginning to fade – attention spans vary, so it is important to take appropriate breaks to give you mind some time to recharge
  • Physical exercise – by staying physical, you are training your body to endure longer periods of activity
  • Delegate – you do not have to do everything yourself and learning how to delegate can help free up time to complete important tasks
  • Set aside me time – it is important to take time for yourself and engage in activities you enjoy

Prioritizing your time is a great way for you to better manage your time and help visualize what you should concentrate your efforts on.  When prioritizing, be aware of deadlines and prioritize each day, week, and month in terms of projects, task difficulty, and importance.  Additionally, set goals, meet them, and then reward yourself to help get yourself motivated.

Being disciplined is also a great way to manage to your time.  Discipline involves overcoming procrastination, setting a schedule and sticking to it, and learning when to say “No”.  Oftentimes, we put others’ needs before our own, allowing them to take up more and more of our time.  Learning how to say “No” to others, whether it is a sign on a cubicle, shutting your office door, or scheduling a set time for communication with others can help you remained focused on your own tasks and limit outside distractions.

Project management is essentially based around time management and ensuring all elements of the project are completed as scheduled.  Here are some tips for project management from the time management perspective:

  • Define scope – make sure the project scope is well defined to ensure appropriate tasks and deadlines
  • Determine all available resources – spending time to identify and research all of the resources you need in the beginning will prevent you from stalling and wasting more time to obtain other resources that were not properly planned for
  • Timeline – make sure you create a timeline to hold others and yourself accountable.  Gantt charts are a great way to assign tasks and responsibilities, enshrine deadlines, and hold everyone in the project accountable
  • Document everything – Make sure to document everything so that if something needs to be revisited or there is a problem, it is easier to backtrack and spend less time trying to figure out who or what was responsible
  • Keep communication open – By having open and constant communication, it is easier to identify and solve current or potential problems, saving time in the long-run while also ensuring everyone is on the same page, preventing you from having to spend time repeating yourself or spending more time trying to correct issues related to misunderstandings of goals or responsibilities

Lastly, it is important to create goals as an essential part of effective time management.  Having goals forces you to budget your time appropriately to meet those goals.  However, just having goals is not enough.  Make sure your goals are SMART:

Specific – broad goals can be overwhelming and may allow for more distractions while you try to complete many different aspects of the goal without ever fully completing anything
Measurable – Goals that have some quantitative aspect that you can pinpoint are much easier to achieve and allow you to track progress and work towards an ultimate end
Attainable – Your goals should have have some aspect that is actually attainable and you can take away once you have completed your goal
Relevant – Make sure your goals are relevant to your wants and needs, which helps serve as intrinsic motivation

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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