Mission: Strengthening the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy

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The Community Chest Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $2,000 Grant

Englewood, New Jersey  -   November 23, 2015   -   The Community Chest has been awarded $2,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples Associates direct donations.

“We are very grateful to Staples Foundation for supporting this program that will teach valuable skills to local high school students entering the job market. The funds will be given to The Zone, a program of Bergen Family Center,  located at Dwight Morrow High School, that will begin offering the classes in the Winter/Spring of 2016.”

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples Associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.   The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

  For more information, visit www.staples.com/community.





 Have you seen me around your town?

  So what is the Community Chest? 

We strengthen the community through partnership, leadership, and philanthropy. 

Specific Activities Include:

- Providing $250,000 in grants this year to 27 agencies

-Offering professional  development programming to our grantees and the larger nonprofit community

-Monitoring changes in human services needs in Englewood, Tenafly, and Englewood Cliffs

-Bringing together organizations to work together to meet mutual goals

- Improving agency administration through professional development and consultation

-providing consultation services to corporations and business around corporate social responsibility and corporate giving

-Providing volunteer opportunities for adults and students wishing to become involved in philanthropic endeavors 











Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Community Chest Grantees!

The Board of Managers of The Community Chest is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015-6 Annual and Impact Grants.   Proposals were submitted by each of these agencies and reviewed by The Allocations Committee of the Community Chest who made the final recommendations to the Board.  Two types of grants were funded:   Annual Grants and Impact Grants.   Descriptions of each of these grant types may be found on The Community Chest’s website in the Grantees section.


Arts Horizons
Art Works
Bergen Family Center
Bergen Leads
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Calvary Cares Community Development
Center for Food Action
Center for Hope and Safety (Formerly Shelter Our Sisters)
Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Friends of the John T. Wright Arena
JCC Thurnauer School of Music
Office of Concern of St. Cecilia’s Church
Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern NJ
Saint Paul’s Choir
Tenafly Nature Center
Urban League of Bergen County
Vantage Health Center
Visiting Homemaker Home Health Aide Service
Volunteer Center of Bergen County
Women’s Rights Information Center
YWCA of Bergen County

Impact grants were awarded to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) and to Southeast Center for Independent Living (SESCIL). Click here to find out how they are putting your donations to work.

Lynn Algrant & Shelly Wimpfheimer

Lynn Algrant & Shelly Wimpfheimer


Many thanks to the members of The Allocations Committee:

Chair: Jasmine Jaswal
Members:   Martin Huguley, Dawn Diaz, Orna Toumit, Linda Reiter, Mike Benedict and Jennifer Cordover

The Board is pleased to provide these grants and wishes all of the agencies the best of luck throughout the program year.


 Learn More about the Community Chest by Watching this Short Video




Promoting New Leaders In Human Services Sector

Glenda Smith  & Dan Smith

Glenda Smith & Dan Smith

The Community Chest is pleased to announce a new initiative that was created to promote the development of new leaders in the human services sector.  The program will launch with the awarding of two scholarships to The Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s Bergen Leads program.  Bergen Leads is a 10-month civic leadership and learning program for adults who live or work in Bergen County.

The first two recipients of these coveted scholarships are Glenda Smith Ledgewood, NJ and Dan Park, Tenafly, NJ.  Click here to learn more about these commmunity leaders!