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The Community Chest

122 S Van Brunt Street
201-568-7474

About Us:

In the more than 80 years since our formation, The Community Chest has worked vigorously towards the advancement of our neighbors.  Each year we raise funds and allocate them to agencies that have demonstrated the capacity to provide services to local citizens in the Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs area.

History:

The origin of the Community Chest of Englewood, in the depths of our country’s worst depression, set the tone for what followed. In the early 1930's, Englewood, along with the rest of the nation, was confronted with business bankruptcies, widespread unemployment, foreclosures and homelessness. Local agencies such as the Englewood Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Social Service Federation and a Citizens’ Employment Committee were overwhelmed by the demand for their services and the difficulty of raising adequate funds. The City’s leading citizens, in essence, determined that Englewood would take a stab at looking after its own people.

On June 3, 1932, a committee appointed by Mayor Cornelius, P. Kitchel for this purpose reported to him “what we believe to be a very spontaneous and widespread public demand for a community chest in Englewood.” The committee determined that because of Englewood’s well-known community spirit and the large number of residents with the ability and willingness to serve, a Community Chest money raising campaign would be successful. 


Upcoming Events at The Community Chest

Celebrating 90 Years of Service to the Community Gala

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2023
Montammy Golf Club
Alpine, NJ
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Third Annual Golf Outing

Monday, Jul 10, 2023
Edgewood Country Club
River Vale, NJ
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Recent News

The Community Chest Accepting Applications for Sixth High School Young Women's Leadership Awards

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its sixth annual High School Young Women's Leadership Awards. This year, three awards will be given to outstanding students identifying as…

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The Community Chest Awards Grants Totaling $115,000 to Nonprofits Experiencing Increased Need in the Area

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County awarded 21 grants, totaling $115,000, to nonprofit agencies responding to increased need in the community from COVID-19 and the impact of Hurricane Ida. Founded in 1933, The…

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The Community Chest Presents 'A Journalist's Perspective' With TV News Reporter Jen Maxfield

Englewood, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County (The Chest) presents 'A Journalist's Perspective' with TV news reporter Jen Maxfield. The public is invited to hear the Emmy-Award winning journalist and substitute anchor with NBC New…

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The Community Chest to Kick Off 90th Anniversary with Let's Make Some Magic For Those in Need in Our Community

Englewood, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County (The Chest) kicks off its 90th anniversary with Let's Make Some Magic, a festive celebration to help our neighbors in need in the community. Spend a memorable evening with one of the top…

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The Community Chest to Shine Light on Financial Literacy and Financial Aid in Seminar for High School Students

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey-- High school juniors and seniors can get a head start on their financial knowledge in The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Young Women's Leadership program's 'Financial Literacy and College Financial Aid'…

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Racial Justice Video Project Calls High School Students to Submit Their Art for "A Gallery of Stories of Your Racial Discovery"

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Racial Justice Liberty Project announces a call for high school students to submit a one to two minute video about the theme "A Gallery of Stories of Your Racial Discovery".…

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Rotary Club Awards Grant to The Community Chest to Provide Mental Health Services for Teenagers

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces The Rotary Club of Englewood awarded the nonprofit organization a grant of $1,500. The grant will be used to support mental health services for teenagers. Founded in…

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Chefs From the Clergy to Compete in Cook-Off for Healthy Eating

Englewood, NJ -- Cheer on your favorite local celebrity clergical chef at the Partnership for Healthy Eating's Neighbors Helping Neighbors Eat Healthy's 'Cook-Off for Healthy Eating'. The competition takes place at St. Paul's Church. The cook-off,…

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Get Fresh Produce in The Community Chest's 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors Eat Healthy' Campaign

Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County wants neighbors in the region to eat healthy, be healthy and stay healthy. In conjunction with the Partnership for Healthy Eating, The Chest is launching The 'Neighbors Helping…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Board of Managers Names New President

Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces Franci Steinberg has been named president of the Board of Managers. Steinberg, who previously served as vice president, has been an active member of The Chest's Board of…

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The Community Chest Raises $148,000 at Golf Outing and Gala

Summary: The funds will provide grants to nonprofits responding to increased need for services to our neighbors experiencing hardships. Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey -- The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Honors Exceptional Young Women With Leadership Awards

Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces the recipients of its fifth annual High School Young Women's Leadership Awards Program. The recipients were announced and presented with their honors at the 2022 Young…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Announces the Passing of President Barbara Strauss

Bergen County, NJ -- With deep sadness, The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces the passing of Barbara Strauss, president of the Board of Managers. Strauss, a resident of Englewood Cliffs, was an active member of the Board of Managers…

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The Community Chest to Honor Valley Bank, Trustee Amie AbuRustum, and Community Service Awardee Jing Li at Gala

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County holds its annual spring gala, Help Us Fill The Community Chest. Producer and director Harry Martin, an Emmy Award-winning TV journalist and an anchor of newscasts at three…

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The Community Chest Names Vicki Sidrow Associate Executive Director

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Bergen County (The Chest) announces Vicki Sidrow has been named Associate Executive Director. Sidrow will assist the executive director with administrative, programming and development activities. …

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Businesses Step Up to Support The Community Chest's Young Women's Leadership Program

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- This spring, the business community in northern New Jersey stepped up to support The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Young Women's Leadership (YWL) Program. Founded in 2017, the YWL Program expanded its…

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Experience Spring at The Community Chest's Young Women Leadership Program's Fashion Show at Max Mara

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's (The Chest) Young Women's Leadership Program celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fashion show at Max Mara. Fashionistas are invited to attend and explore Max Mara's 2022…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Announces 2022 Request for Proposals

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County (The Chest) announces its 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants. The Chest recognizes the significant changes area nonprofits made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to…

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The Community Chest's Second Golf Outing to Raise Funds for Nonprofits Responding to Increased Need in Area

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County holds its second Golf Outing at one of New Jersey's finest golf courses, White Beeches Golf and Country Club. CDC guidelines will be followed throughout the outing. For…

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Racial Justice Video Project Calls High School Students to Submit Their Art for "A Gallery of Stories of Your Racial Discovery"

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Racial Justice Liberty Project announces a call for high school students to submit a one to two minute video about the theme "A Gallery of Stories of Your Racial Discovery".…

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The Community Chest Welcomes Health Care Administrator to Board of Managers

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces Bridgette Mitchell of Tenafly has been appointed to the Board of Managers. Mitchell, Clinical Coordinator of Women's Health Services at Boriken Neighborhood Health…

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Valley National Bank Awards Grant to The Community Chest to Help People in Need in Eastern Bergen County

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces the award of a grant from Valley National Bank. The donation supports The Chest's mission by making communities in the area stronger and helping people in need in…

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The Community Chest Accepting Applications for Fifth High School Young Women's Leadership Awards

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its fifth annual High School Young Women's Leadership Awards. This year, seven awards will be given to outstanding students identifying as…

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The Community Chest Opens Annual Campaign to Support Nonprofit Agencies Delivering Critical Care Services to Our Neighbors in Need

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's 2021-2022 Annual Campaign is underway raising funds for grants to award to nonprofit agencies responding to rising need for critical services, which are outpacing available…

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ConnectOne Bank Awards Grant to The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County

The grant provided training for nonprofit leaders to help clients returning to the workplace after experiencing trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces the award of…

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Supporters Celebrate at The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's Donor Appreciation Event

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County celebrated the contributions of supporters at the Donor Appreciation Event held at Jaguar Land Rover Englewood on October 13. Donors were feted and thanked for their answer to…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's 'No Show Fall Fest' to Recognize Non-Profit Warriors

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- Celebrate the new season and participate in The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's 'No Show Fall Fest' from September 22 through October 27 to honor non-profit warriors serving our community throughout the…

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The Community Chest Awards Grants Totaling $150,400 to Nonprofits Experiencing Increased Need from COVID

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest awarded 27 grants, totaling $150,400, to nonprofit agencies experiencing increased need in the community from COVID-19. Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization,…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Raises Record $125,000

Funds Raised Will Respond to Increased Need Spurred on by COVID-19. Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey -- The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County in New Jersey, raised $125,000 at its first golf outing at…

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Robert Wilkens Insurance Agency Rallies Businesses to Support Neighbors in Need During COVID-19 Pandemic

Bergen County, NJ -- Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency is helping people in our area in their time of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. With offices in Bogota, Dumont, and Hawthorne, New Jersey, the company rallied staff, colleagues, and…

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The Community Chest Young Women's Leadership Award Recipients 2021

Senior Winner Na Yoon Koh Cresskill High School Senior Runner up Daniela Mazzoni Academies@Englewood of Dwight Morrow High School Junior Winner Christine Salazar Academies@Englewood of Dwight Morrow High School Junior Runner Up …

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The Community Chest Accepting Applications for Young Women's Leadership Awards for High School Students

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County is accepting applications for its fourth annual Young Women's Leadership Awards. Two awards will be given to outstanding female students enrolled in their junior or senior…

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The Community Chest to Honor Teen Philanthropist, Lakeland Bank andBergen Family Promise at Gala

The Community Chest's virtual gala on June 2 will raise funds to help nonprofits providing services to neighbors in need experiencing hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey - The Community Chest of Eastern…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Names New President and Officers

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces Barbara Strauss (Englewood Cliffs), Executive Vice President at York International, has been named president of the board of managers. Robert Reinemann (Cresskill),…

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The Community Chest's Virtual Gala, 'We're All In This Together', to Raise Funds to Help Neighbors During COVID-19

Responding to neighbors in need, who are experiencing hardships from COVID-19, is the focus of The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County's virtual gala, We're In It Together, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt…

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The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Announces 2021 Request for Proposals

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey - The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County (The Chest) announces its 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants. The Chest recognizes the significant changes area nonprofits made throughout the COVID-19…

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The Community Chest's Golf Outing to Raise Funds for Nonprofits Responding to Increased Need From COVID-19

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey - The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County presents its first Golf Outing at one of New Jersey's finest golf courses. CDC guidelines will be followed throughout the outing. With the motto "Neighbors Helping…

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner Project Draws Businesses and Nonprofits Together to Meet Escalating Food Insecurity in Englewood

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- Food insecurity rose dramatically in Bergen County, New Jersey, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County continued the work of the founder of World Central Kitchen, Chef Andres'…

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The Community Chest Appoints New Directors to Board of Managers During Critical Time in Eastern Bergen County

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey -- The Community Chest of eastern Bergen County announces the appointment of five members of the community to the Board of Managers. The nonprofit agency, serving people in need in 15 municipalities in eastern…

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Jaguar Land Rover Englewood Presents Donation to The Community Chest

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey) - The Community Chest announces the award of a $4,200 donation from Jaguar Land Rover Englewood. During November, the company allocated $100 per sold new units to be contributed to The Community Chest, a nonprofit…

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The Community Chest and Partners Collaborate to Curb Food Insecurity With Neighbors Helping Neighbors Winter Dinner Project

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- Food insecurity has risen dramatically in Bergen County, New Jersey, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading in a second wave. In response, The Community Chest in eastern Bergen County is collaborating with…

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