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Columbia Bank Foundation to Issue Over $250,000 in Educational Grants

The Columbia Bank Foundation Introduces Special Donation Support for Local Boards of Education

FAIR LAWN, NJ – September 30, 2018 –The Columbia Bank Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the state, has begun partnering with 14 New Jersey Boards of Education to provide funding for enhanced student learning environments. As a result, the Foundation plans to issue educational support donations totaling over $250,000 for the remainder of this year.

“As we begin a brand new school year, we are looking to make a measurable community impact across New Jersey from Hawthorne, to Clark, to Maple Shade in terms of building quality education and encouraging financial literacy,” said Thomas J. Kemly President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “Our Foundation donations will vary depending on need and can be used for a wide-range of programs and projects, like library and media center enhancements, lab equipment upgrades, the purchase of Chromebook computers and software programs, and to support education curriculums addressing things like financial literacy, drunk driving and substance abuse.”

Pictured in a special check presentation is Amy Dupuis, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation, at the Lenox Elementary School in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Their recent grant of $20,000 funded new Chromebooks to equip their second grade students with personal computer devices and a technological tool to enhance learning.

Created to serve the needs of local communities, the Columbia Bank Foundation provides 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 seven major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, community sponsored events, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.

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