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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.
Autism New Jersey Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Donation Recipient
FAIR LAWN, NJ – August 20, 2018 -- Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently made a $10,000 donation to Autism New Jersey, the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Columbia Bank Foundation's Executive Director, Amy Dupuis
FAIR LAWN, NJ – AUGUST 1, 2018 – The Columbia Bank Foundation has appointed Amy Dupuis, Executive Director, to manage the 10th largest charitable foundation in New Jersey.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital Is Latest Columbia Bank Foundation Donation Recipient
FAIR LAWN, NJ – JULY 3, 2018 – Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently made a $10,000 donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a treatment and research center for Childhood Cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Foundation Application

Learn about our eligibility requirements and application process for a Columbia Bank Community Grant. For questions regarding the application process or to learn more about the Columbia Bank Foundation, call us at (201) 794-5629. Please send any inquiries or your completed proposal to Amy Dupuis, Executive Director, Columbia Bank Foundation, 19-01 Route 208, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410. The Columbia Bank Foundation provides grants and contributions only to organizations within our marketing area that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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