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Department of State

New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

About the Office

Mission statement
  • The mission of the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives (NJOFBI) is to eliminate barriers to funding and other resource opportunities, create greater access for partnership and enhance the capacity of faith and community based organizations (FBCOs) to create and implement innovative approaches that are designed for community and economic transformation.
Our Goals
  • Develop grant opportunities designed to support FBCOs to develop, design, create, innovative solutions that address conditions that negatively impact those that are socially and economically disenfranchised;
  • Create greater access to funding and other resource opportunities;
  • Provide innovative capacity building, training and technical assistance opportunities designed to improve the day to day implementation of programs and enhance organizational efficiency;
  • Nurture an environment that allows for the development of revenue generating models designed to address social issues and position FBCO’s to gain access to private capital for scale.
  • Grant Opportunities
    • Social Innovation
    • Special Projects
    • Capacity Building and Infrastructure Development:
      • Project Applied Training Lasting Solutions (ATLAS)
    • Social Enterprise Entrepreneurship Development (SE2D)
      • SE2D Growth
      • SE2D Startup


Advisory Committee Members

Rev. Calvin Mckinney, Chair
Marlene Lao-Collins
Garvester Kelley, Jr
Lee Zandstra
Rabbi Amy Joy Small
Rev. Floyd White III
Rev. Dr. David Ireland, Ph.D.
Tanya Poteat
ex-officio members
Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Darcella Sessomes
Nina Mosley

Edward LaPorté, Director

Contact Us


Phone: 609-984-6952



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