Columbia Bank Foundation Supports River Edge Education Foundation
Grant Funds Student Safety Program
FAIR LAWN, NJ – April 16, 2019 – The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $15,000 grant to the River Edge Education Foundation. The donation is part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area. The grant will fund a Student Safety Program that includes security cameras, training for teachers to identify students at risk, and mindfulness tools to assist students with issues like bullying and internet safety.
“We are proud to support the River Edge Education Foundation,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “It is our hope that this grant will foster a safer school environment and provide much needed resources to teachers and students.”
Pictured in a special check presentation are Dr. Tova BenDov, River Edge Superintendent, Caleb Herbst, River Edge Board of Education President, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, John Flores, Branch Manager of the local Oradell branch, and Richard Graff, Vice President, Business Banking Officer.
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.