New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Foundation
NJPCC has launched the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to drive a meaningful, measurable, and lasting impact for LGBTQ+ communities across the Garden State.
The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Foundation will focus on advancing the following designated priorities:
- Serve individuals, children and families who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations;
- Support LGBTQ+ youth to be stable, secure, and college & career ready; and
- Invest in small businesses.
How to Support
Individuals, families, businesses, employees, foundations, and corporations are encouraged to make a difference for the LGBTQ+ community by making a tax-deductible contribution to the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with the first grants and scholarships to be distributed in 2023.
Interested in designated employee giving or larger contributions from a foundation / corporation? Connect with NJPCC Foundation President, Stephen Blazejewski to learn more about supporting the NJPCC Foundation.
**All donations and contributions to the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Foundation are tax-deductible.**
NJPCC Foundation Grants, Scholarships, and Programs
Nicholas Bissel Small Business Visionary Grant
Nicholas “Nick” Bissel never feared any new or bold venture; there was little he would not do and pursue with unbridled enthusiasm. His electric smile and abundant energy brightened every room he stepped into, and he truly embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and drive of the NJPCC family. The Nicholas Bissel Small Business Visionary Grant is designed to support LGBTQ+ business owners who are seeking funding for a new program, project, or innovation that they believe could take their business to the next level. Looking to open a storefront or renovate your existing space? Need to hire extra staff? Do you have the next greatest invention? NJPCC is committed to investing in the LGBTQ+ small business community in New Jersey, and the Nicholas Business Small Business Visionary Grant will seek to award two $10,000 grants annually.
About Nick: Nick Bissel, the partner of NJPCC President Stephen Blazejewski, passed away unexpectedly in March 2022. At just 32 years old, Nick was a true creative and Renaissance Man: a talented artist, actor, singer, songwriter, and serial entrepreneur. As a gifted cake artist, he established the extremely popular Twisted Whisk Bakery and as a graphic designer most recently formed his creative services agency, Mortukum. Nick was also heavily involved with NJPCC, volunteering for over a year as the Chamber’s graphic designer while also attending and lending a helping hand at numerous NJPCC events. At his core, Nick was a family man and fierce supporter of his friends – a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, and grandson. He was a devoted partner to Stephen and an amazing “cat-dad” to their three cats.
NJPCC Young Entrepreneur Scholarship
One of the tenets of the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce is to support LGBTQ+ youth to be stable, secure, and college- and career-ready. The NJPCC Young Entrepreneur Scholarship is designed for an undergraduate student attending any New Jersey-based college or university who is pursuing a degree in Entrepreneurship (this includes undergraduate programs that may only offer Entrepreneurship as a minor, “concentration” or certificate). The NJPCC Young Entrepreneur Scholarship will seek to award two $2,500 scholarships annually.
NJPCC Community Impact Fund
The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce understands that business owners and professionals must frequently make decisions on how best to allocate their often-limited resources in order to grow. The NJPCC Community Impact Fund is designed to remove the financial obligation of becoming an NJPCC Member, so that small business owners and professionals can be involved with the organization without having to cut funding to other investments in their professional development. This Fund will ensure that all LGBTQ+ and allied business owners and professionals will have equitable access to NJPCC Membership and all that the organization has to offer, including LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certification, educational events, networking opportunities, and a wide range of other business and professional development resources.