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Columbia Bank Foundation


About the Foundation

The Columbia Bank Foundation has grown into one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey after converting from a privately-held, mutual-based operating structure to that of a public company as part of Columbia Bank’s Initial Public Stock Offering (IPO) which took place in April of 2018. As a result of this structural change, approximately $60,000,000 in funding has now been designated for Foundation coffers to help support local charitable causes and community projects on a sustained basis.

Thomas J. Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO, noted that “This new funding change will provide us with more financial flexibility and opportunities to help the communities that we so proudly serve. Our goal is make a difference in as many people’s lives as we possibly can…and to do our part to help make our communities better, stronger and safer.”

New Jersey Drone Academy check presentationOur Mission

The Columbia Bank Foundation is committed to serving the needs of its local communities. The Foundation actively seeks and focuses on innovative programs that provide a measurable impact in the communities that it serves.

Charitable contributions from the Foundation will be granted in the following major areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Community investment and economic development
  • Financial literacy and education
  • Health and human services
  • Community sponsored events
  • Food pantries
  • Arts

Check presentation to the Food Bank of South JerseyFoundation News

Foundation grants have been expanded in both size and scope to help support and develop additional charitable and community endeavors. For example, recent grants provided funding for the purchase of two emergency vehicles for volunteer first responders; the construction of a barrier-free playground for a school for children with Autism; renovations at a Middlesex County kids camp; and a group home for disabled residents and emergency warehouse repairs at a community food bank serving the greater Paterson area.
Columbia Bank Foundation Awards Largest Grant To Date
FAIR LAWN, NJ – October 30, 2018 – The Columbia Bank Foundation has recently provided $87,360 in funding to Haddonfield Plays & Players theatre in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The grant will upgrade the theatre’s lighting and sounds systems, and create a more efficient box office.
Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Helps To Create A Safer Environment At The Phoenix Center
FAIR LAWN, NJ – October 10, 2018 – The Phoenix Center located in Nutley has received a $30,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation for a security system upgrade. Founded in 1991, The Phoenix Center is a private school that works with students with developmental and behavioral disabilities on the Autism Spectrum.


Foundation Application


  • The foundation website is currently “under construction” – please check back on or around December 10th for updated 2019 guidelines and access to our new online application portal.
  • At this time, we are no longer accepting unsolicited 2018 grants requests.  
  • Going forward, we are no longer able to accept paper requests.
  • Online application requests for our next grant review cycle will be accepted on or about December 10, and are due by February 1st  for board review in mid-February. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please email Amy Dupuis, Executive Director:

Email Amy Dupuis

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