Our Mission: Strengthening the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy
Passing of the Gavel
On April 2, 2014 the The Community Chest’s President’s Gavel was passed from Peter Corbin to our new board president, Richard “Dick” Kennedy. A member of the Community Chest board for seven years, Dick brings a great history of volunteer experience to this role. In addition to his time on the Community Chest board he has also served as a board member at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.
Dick is the Managing Partner of RSK Associates, LLC., a private consulting firm based in Tenafly, NJ. Prior to forming RSK Associates Dick had a long and impressive career as a senior manager in several banks in the New York/New Jersey area. His experience in community banking makes him uniquely qualified to provide leadership to a nonprofit such as the Community Chest.
Dick’s enthusiasm is evident by his comments “I am very excited to be associated with an organization that has such a long history of helping to make the community a better place to live. Neighbors helping neighbors has been the description of the organization’s way of operating. The need for support never goes away and neither does the generosity and participation of those who can help. Our challenge is to continue to understand community needs and focus our efforts on meeting those needs.”
Tanner Impact Grant
This year’s Tanner Impact Grant was awarded to Shelter Our Sisters to assist them with starting a domestic violence prevention violence program in Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs. The grant will pay for a portion of the salary of a community educator. The educator will work with local schools, agencies and organizations to bring prevention programming onto existing programs/organizations
“The Community Chest recognizes that domestic violence is a serious community issue. Shelter Our Sisters is looking forward to providing educational programs for all local residents to better understand the “red flags” of domestic violence, how todevelop a safety plan and where to access services. Working together we can reduce the incidence of violence in the Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly communities.”
Elaine Meyerson, MSW, Executive Director, SOS
Women and Philanthropy
The Community Chest teamed up with St. Peters University and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County to host a Focus Group of women philanthropists. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy….. women are now making more decisions about charitable giving than men. Eighteen women attended the focus group which explored a series of questions related to charitable giving. The results of the group’s deliberations will be summarized and shared with the participants and other interested parties.
We thank our corporate friends for supporting our annual Spring Event
On April 24, 2014 The Community Chest hosted a wonderful gathering of supporters at its Annual Spring Event at the Montammy Golf Club. This year’s fundraiser, the most successful one yet, honored Peter Corbin, outgoing president of the Board of Managers of the Community Chest. Flanked by friends and fellow board members, Corbin spoke about the many activities that the Community Chest is involved in and encouraged attendees to support the activities of the Community Chest to help to carry out the mission created by its founders more than 80 years ago. This year’s event was sponsored by a new lineup of businesses committed to helping The Chest raise the funds necessary to support this year’s applicants. Sponsors included: Kamson Corporation and Wells Fargo Advisors at the gold level, United Water and Union Center National Bank at the silver level and Merrill Lynch, Madison Consulting Group and Bank of New Jersey at the bronze level. The Chest heartily welcomes these new supporters and looks forward to working more closely with each of them in the coming years. The proceeds of this event will support local agencies providing services to citizens of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs.