Our Mission

To aid single moms by providing resources & assistance to help them provide for their children, so they do not have to do without.

The S.M.A.R.T Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting single mothers and their children. Our mission is to raise funds and provide essential resources such as food, clothing, and other necessities to single moms facing challenges.

We serve as a valuable resource for single mothers by offering assistance in finding child care, transportation, education, job opportunities, and more.

We believe in empowering single mothers to access the support they need to thrive and provide for their children.

At the S.M.A.R.T Foundation, we understand the importance of providing children with enriching experiences. That's why we aim to give single mothers the means to enroll their children in extracurricular activities by offering options to join and providing necessary gear.
As a newly established foundation, we are driven by the vision of expanding our reach beyond expectations to positively impact the lives of single mothers and their children. Our goal is to ensure that no single mom and her child have to go without the vital support they deserve.

Our Vision

All single moms thrive without the fear of failing to provide a better life for themselves and their children.

 

Board of Directors  

Nicole Guzzardi, Founder, wears multiple hats with grace and determination. As a mother of three and most recently, a grandmother, she cherishes the importance of family and understands the challenges that come with being a single mother.

Professionally, Nicole is a Real Estate Developer, re-developing properties all over New Jersey and New York. Her main focus is on redeveloping single and multi-family residential homes, as well as having a portfolio of rental properties and Airbnb's.

In addition, Nicole is also the founder of The Committee GNO, an empowering all-women's networking platform. Through this platform, she has created a vibrant community where like-minded women in business can connect, collaborate, and uplift each other. Nicole's dedication to fostering relationships among women has helped countless individuals thrive professionally and personally.

Nicole's journey as a single mother began in her late 20s and continued when she found herself in the same position again at the age of 40. She always had a deep desire to support and empower other single mothers and their children. She knew firsthand the struggles that come with trying to provide for a family with limited resources, and she became passionate about finding ways to offer assistance and resources to those in need.

Driven by her compassion and determination, Nicole founded the SMART Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive impact on the single mother community. Alongside her dedicated board members, Nicole aims to provide resources, support, and opportunities to single mothers and their children. Through the SMART Foundation, she wants to break down barriers and empower single mothers to achieve their full potential.

Nicole Guzzardi's unwavering commitment to supporting single mothers and her ability to create meaningful connections among women in business have made her a true force for positive change. Her work with the SMART Foundation is a testament to her desire to give back to the community and uplift those who are facing similar challenges, hoping for a brighter future.

Oriana Calise, a wife & mother of four teenagers who bring both chaos and immense joy into her life. Together with her husband, she co-owns Caliber Construction NY & NJ. Oriana also finds solace in baking classic Brooklyn-style treats. She Has recently decided to open up a Cafe in Howell NJ Called Jives Cafe. Despite facing continuous life challenges, she approaches life with unwavering optimism and a determination to uplift those around her. Her daughter Brooklyn holds a special place in her heart, symbolizing hope and resilience. Each of her sons, William, Steven, and Christian, contributes to her world in unique ways, from their involvement in the family business to pursuing academic and personal passions. Recently recognized for the Most Inspirational Women of the Year award, Oriana is also a published Author & continues to inspire others with her infectious positivity and unwavering commitment to making a difference.

At the age of 19, Nadia Mascola, found herself pregnant with her first daughter.  She had limited resources and found herself lost in the shuffle of figuring out what, if any, guidance she could receive at that time.   At the age of 22, after giving birth to her second daughter, she found herself a single parent.  At the time, she was very dependent on her family and friends as a support system for her and her children while she attended trade school.  During that time and after the completion of trade school, she grew to become self-reliant and gained newfound financial freedom. 

In her mid-30’s she found herself pregnant with her 3rd child, her son, with an absent father.  Nadia knows firsthand the struggles of being a single working parent and the often very lonely and stressful task of raising children on her own.  Today, she is the loving wife to her husband Matt, and together they have built a beautiful life with their blended family.  They enjoy traveling, all things outdoors, cooking together and spending time with their very close-knit family and friends.
For years, her and Nicole have dreamt about paying it forward, talking about it often while the two of them navigated through single mom life hand in hand.  For her, it is surreal that this dream has finally become a reality!  She looks forward to making a difference in other single moms’ lives.