|Our Institutional Advancement team works closely with all constituents—alumni, current and former parents, and friends—to ensure that Newark Academy can provide the best possible educational environment for students today and for years to come. By giving to Newark Academy, you make a difference in the lives of our students and reaffirm your belief in and connection to the values that have guided the Academy for more than 235 years.|
|$1 Million Gift Launches Newark Scholars Program|
To demonstrate its deep commitment to meeting the financial challenges of highly qualified applicants who reside in the City of Newark, Newark Academy has established the Newark Scholars Program. Thanks to the generous assistance of a loyal alumnus, NA will provide full scholarships for six Newark students each year beginning in the fall of 2012.
|Annual Fund Surpasses Goal Again|
For the third consecutive year, the Newark Academy Annual Fund has surpassed a goal of $1 million thanks to the generosity and support of more than 1,000 donors.
The 2011-12 year concluded with parents, alumni, and friends contributing annual gifts of all sizes totaling $1,038,206. The Annual Fund saw gains in many different areas, but perhaps the most impressive was the participation milestone reached by our alumni.
|NA Recipient of Prestigious EE Ford Grant|
Newark Academy is pleased and honored to be the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the prestigious E. E. Ford Foundation. The funds, which must be matched at a 2:1 ratio, will be used to support the brand new Newark Scholars Support Services program.
As the first class of Newark Scholars makes its transition to a suburban independent school environment, the Newark Scholars Support Services program is designed to provide these exceptional students with resources that promote academic excellence and social success by offering an array of resources to the Scholars and their families.
Director of Institutional Advancement
Lisa Grider's 20-year career is anchored in service to nonprofit organizations, including Texas Christian University, Baylor University Medical Center and Seton Hall University. Immediately prior to joining Newark Academy, Lisa served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Graham Pelton Consulting, Inc., a full-service fundraising and nonprofit management firm.
Director of Development and Parent Relations
Kristin has worked in the non-profit arena for more than 10 years, serving organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Hyde School (Bath, ME). Before joining the advancement staff at NA, she worked on a consulting basis with schools and non-profit organizations on projects and initiatives related to fund development and marketing. Her clients included Far Hills Country Day School and University Medical Center at Princeton. In her position at NA, Kristin’s primary responsibilities include oversight of the annual giving program, corporate/foundation giving, stewardship and working with NAPA.
Director of Advancement Services
Jennifer Rusek joined the advancement staff in 2005. Jennifer is a graduate of Rutgers University where she achieved a BA in History. She currently attends Rutgers University - School of Public Administration & Affairs for her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management. Some of her primary responsibilities at Newark Academy include overseeing the administration of the database; processing all donations, acknowledgements and updates to constituent records as well as the social media for NA alumni. Jennifer is also responsible for managing prospect research and data for the Rise & Flourish Campaign, select endowment scholarship funds, and produces all annual donor recognition reports.
Director of Alumni Relations
Matt Gertler ’90, returned to Newark Academy as a faculty member in 2007. He began his teaching career in the San Francisco, California public schools. He also spent several years teaching middle school math and history at San Francisco-based Stuart Hall for Boys before returning to NJ to teach at Far Hills Country Day School. Always an active alum, Matt joined the NAPA Board of Governors in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Karissa joined Newark Academy in 2012. For the past four years, she has worked with several nonprofit organizations. Karissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Hampton University and she is pursuing a master’s degree in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from Bay Path College.
Lisa joined the Advancement Office in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant. In this position she is responsible for scheduling management of the department’s staff, maintaining the budget, creating reports and entering data. She is an energetic coach for the girls Varsity and JV basketball teams. Before joining Newark Academy, Lisa worked as a vice president in the banking industry for more than 10 years.
Director of Communications
Deb joined the advancement staff in 2000 as director of communications. Prior to that she spent 10 years in healthcare fund development and community relations. Currently she oversees Newark Academy publications, supervises the design and content for the website, manages the production of video and photography, serves as editor of the alumni magazine and supervises media relations.
Marci joined Newark Academy in 2012. She has worked in Communications for more than eight years in the healthcare and technology sectors. Marci assists with Newark Academy publications and manages content for the NA website and social media channels. She began her career as a teacher and holds a master’s degree in education from New York University.