Mission: Strengthening the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy
Each year The Community Chest purchases gift cards for local families who are unable to
celebrate the holiday season because of limited resources. We work with five of our
grantees (Bergen Family Center, Office of Concern, SESCIL, Women’s Rights Information
Center and Center for Food Action) and ask them to select families and individuals that
are in greatest need. The agencies then distribute the cards to the families that have been
This is the 3rd year of this project. In the first two years we received many letters and
cards from recipients thanking us profusely for helping to make their holiday season
special. To quote two of last year’s recipients:
“Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for this gift. It is a true blessing! Thank you
so much. It will help me in so many ways to move forward in the new year, into a new
“I can’t thank you enough. I really am blessed and overwhelmed by your gift and
We are using a crowd fundraising site called “YouCaring” to raise the funds for this
project. This enables people to make online contributions of any amount easily and
quickly. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000. Please tell your friends, neighbors and
family about this special campaign, share this on your facebook page, and don’t forget to
tell your work friends about it too.
What are you doing on Tuesday, the 17th? How about going shopping and supporting the Community Chest at the same time?
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.
Bergen Family Center
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.
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
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!