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Columbia Bank Foundation Donates More Than $500,000 Through New Charitable Giving Program

October 15, 2020

The Columbia Bank Foundation recently announced donations totaling more than $500,000 through its newly established Charitable Giving Program. The program is intended to integrate the mission of the former Atlantic Stewardship Bank’s Tithe Program with Columbia Bank’s long legacy of giving back.

Grants will assist nearly 200 local organizations and support initiatives ranging from health and well-being to food supply to education and much more.

“As Atlantic Stewardship Bank joined Columbia Bank last year, our passion for helping the communities we serve was one of the commonalities that stood out,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “We are proud to be able to bring the mission of the Tithe Program to new heights, while simultaneously helping these organizations continue their meaningful work.”

Some of the largest grants were awarded to:

  • Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center: Received a $30,000 grant to support their mission of serving women, men and teens at-risk for, or facing, an unplanned pregnancy. Lighthouse helps to provide valuable services to support informed choices that will enhance the lives of others.
  • Madison Avenue Crossroads Community: Received a $20,000 grant to support the Paterson community through alleviating conditions of hunger, poverty, illiteracy, under-education, unemployment, homelessness, addictions, and family crisis.
  • Star of Hope Ministries, Inc.: Received a $15,000 grant to provide resources to the Paterson community through a training center for financial literacy and need-based scholarships for camps.
  • Wyckoff Family YMCA – Received a $15,000 grant to provide services and activities to people in the local area, often including organizations that serve the needy.

For a full listing of recipients, please visit

The Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in six major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.


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