Granted Advocacy Partners, Inc. (GAP) is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to providing resources to children in foster care. Our mantra is “Standing in the GAP for the Vulnerable and Voiceless.” Granted Advocacy Partners, Inc. is a 5013(c) under Federal and Texas state laws.
Granted Advocacy Partners, Inc. stepped in to fill the “gap” after Friends of Wednesday’s Child, a similar non-profit in the area, closed their doors in July of 2017. Some of the volunteers at Friends of Wednesday’s Child have become an integral part of Granted Advocacy Partners, Inc.
Our mission is to make a measurable difference in the quality of life for foster youth in the DFW Metroplex.
Our vision is that all Foster Children in the DFW Metroplex will have an opportunity to experience life to its fullest as they progress through and ultimately age out of the foster care system.
Our core values define our culture and the manner in which we serve and empower individuals to better their lives and the lives of others. We embrace the following core values:
Integrity: We pride ourselves in upholding strong moral principles.
Compassion: We empathize with the voiceless and vulnerable and to provide the underserved with access to resources is the cornerstone of GAP.
Service: We solely exist to serve clients who may be overwhelmed with how to identify and secure resources for sustaining a better quality of life.
Empowerment: We provide information that enables and empowers.
Lisa Chatman, the CEO and Founder of Granted Advocacy Partners, Inc. has served her community for more than 25 years and has been an advocate for the underserved. Her experience spans from communities across the U.S, Mexico, and Africa. Her combined experience encompasses volunteering in Orphanages, Youth Ministries, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Meals on Wheels. Her passion and inspiration stems from personal observations. It is her life’s mission to ensure that the vulnerable and voiceless are treated with dignity.
Ms. Chatman dedicated 12 years of her life to serving in the U.S. Military. She devoted 6 years to active duty in the U.S. Air Force and 6 more years in the U.S.Air Force Reserves.
Ms. Chatman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and minor in Business Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership (M.A.) from Webster University. Lisa Chatman has also earned a Non-profit Management Certification. She has worked as a civil servant for more than 18 years and continues to do so as an Acquisition Professional.
The Board of Directors is made up of five community leaders who possess varied expertise in serving at-risk populations at the local, state, and/or federal levels. The Board of Directors members serve as ambassadors for the mission, assist in communicating the vision, goals and objectives of GAP, provide pro bono work, such as speaking engagements to promote public policy, give feedback regarding the business, and industry trends, contribute “wise counsel” on issues raised by the director and team, present unbiased insights and ideas on GAP's operations, encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas, act as a resource for executives, provide a social networking platform for directors and the company, facilitate the development of a governance framework that enables sustainable growth of the company, and monitor organization's performance.