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. 


Recent News

The Community Chest Announces Grant Awards to 26 Agencies Serving Eastern Bergen County, NJ

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey -- The Community Chest announces the awarding of $152,500 in annual grants to 26 agencies and for special projects. Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, supports local…

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TD Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to The Community Chest's Partnership for Healthy Eating Initiative

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey -- The Community Chest announces the award of a $5,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation.The donation is designated for the Partnership for Healthy ating, an initiative created to combat rising trends in…

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Help The Community Chest Raise Dough For The Community Chest Over Martinis And Meatballs

Free hors d’oeurvresDiscount prices on martinis and other drinksOrder lunch for the office that dayStay at Anthony’s and order dinnerMention The Community Chest and 20% of lunch and dinner proceeds will support The Community Chest.Posted…

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Trailblazing and Emerging Leaders Honored at the Community Chest's Women's Leadership Luncheon

Eastern Bergen County, NJ -- Women leaders from a range of disciplines were honored and recognized at The Community Chest's second annual Women's Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation, *“Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating Women…

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The Community Chest's Gala Draws Record Supporters to Help People in Need in the Region

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey- The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, attracted a record number of supporters and raised over $100,000 at the Annual Spring Gala, *Make A Difference in Our…

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The Community Chest to Present 'Board Members As Ambassadors'

Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey- How can members of a board of trustees increase an organization's visibility?Find out in The Community Chest's Professional Development Workshop Series last workshop, 'Board Members as Ambassadors' Prominent…

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The Community Chest to Hold 2nd Annual Women's Leadership and Scholarship Luncheon at Elisabeth Morrow School

Join The Community Chest in honoring women's contributions to philanthropy, education, and society in the area at the second annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Ceremony, *“Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating Women…

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Make a Difference in Our Community at The Community Chest's Gala on April 25

The Community Chest holds its spring gala, Make A Difference in Our Community, on April 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. The Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, presents the annual event at…

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The Community Chest to Hold Activating Community Partnerships for Education Summit

Join The Community Chest (The Chest) at the Community Summit on Education to discuss and learn how communities can work together to build partnerships to strengthen K-12 school education outcomes in eastern Bergen County. The Summit…

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The Community Chest to Present 'If It Isn't in Writing, It Didn't Happen!'

The Community Chest's Professional Development Workshop Series presents the ethics workshop, If It Isn't in Writing, It Didn't Happen: Documentation to Protect Your Client, Yourself, and Your Organization, on Friday, March 1,…

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The Community Chest's "An Introduction to Planned Giving" Rescheduled to February 21

The Community Chest's Professional Development Workshop Series presents "An Introduction to Planned Giving" on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Offered in partnership with Regent Atlantic, the workshop will be held at Vantage Health…

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The Community Chest Opens 2019 Request for Proposals

The Community Chest (The Chest) announces its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Annual Grants. Eligible nonprofit organizations providing services to residents in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey may apply. Annual Grants…

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The Community Chest to Present "An Introduction to Planned Giving" on February 12

The Community Chest's Professional Development Workshop Series presents "An Introduction to Planned Giving" on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Offered in partnership with Regent Atlantic, the workshop will be held at Vantage Health…

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The Community Chest Asks Help Spread Holiday Cheer to Less Fortunate Neighbors This Season

The public can make the holidays a little brighter this season for less fortunate neighbors in eastern Bergen County. The Community Chest asks people and businesses to help neighbors in need with a contribution to…

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Partnership for Healthy Eating Launches in Response to Rising Obesity and Diabetes in Englewood

The Partnership for Healthy Eating, a new initiative developed to combat rising trends in obesity and diabetes from poor nutritional habits by improving peoples' eating habits and their overall health, has formed in Englewood,…

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The Community Chest Awards Emergency Grants to Support Music and Youth Programs

Throughout The Community Chest's 85 years, the organization has been a safety net responding to emergency needs in the community. This fall, The Chest stepped up and provided two emergency grants after its annual allocations were…

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The Community Chest's Annual Campaign Underway to Raise $315,000 to Help People in Need

The Community Chest's 2018-2019 Annual Campaign is underway to raise $315,000 for 24 nonprofit agencies and programs that help people in need in eastern Bergen County. For 85 years, the organization has led initiatives…

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The Community Chest Raises $30,000 for Charity at Oktoberfest

Glasses were raised for charity at the third annual Oktoberfest at The Community Chest on October 18 at the Englewood Field Club in Englewood, New Jersey. The event kicked off the organization's annual campaign and raised…

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The Community Chest Opens New Professional Development Series In October

During its 85th anniversary, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, resumes its well received Professional Development Series  this fall. In conjunction with The…

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The Community Chest Launches 85th Anniversary History Exhibit at Englewood Public Library in September

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, continues its 85th anniversary celebration with a special history exhibition spanning over eight decades of making a difference in…

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One More Chance to Help The Chest Raise Dough at Meatballs and Martinis

Proceeds Help People in Need in Eastern Bergen County The Community Chest needs your help to raise some "dough" one last time this summer at the Meatballs and Martinis Special on Wednesday, August 15. Join The Chest's board…

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The Community Chest Awards Record $220,000 to Agencies Serving Eastern Bergen County, NJ

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, awarded a record $220,000 in annual grants and The Harriet Tanner Impact Grants to 26 agencies and for special projects. Founded in 1933,…

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Help The Chest Raise Dough at Meatballs and Martinis on July 18

Proceeds Help People in Need in the Area.Help raise some "dough" for The Community Chest at the Meatballs and Martinis Special on Wednesday, July 18. Join host John Wilkens, a new member of The Chest's board of managers and a licensed insurance…

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Nonprofit Leaders Graduate From The Community Chest's Professional Development Series

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, philanthropic organization serving eastern Bergen County, announces the first class of nonprofit managers graduated with a Mini-Certificate in Management from its expanding…

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Cliffside Park Resident Receives The Community Chest's Women's Leadership Award

The Community Chest announces Nicole Matsanov of Cliffside Park, New Jersey received the first place Women's Leadership scholarship award. Matsanov, a senior attending the Finance Academy in Englewood, New Jersey, was awarded…

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Cresskill Resident Receives The Community Chest's Women's Leadership Award

The Community Chest announces Michelle Yu of Cresskill, New Jersey received the second place Women's Leadership scholarship award. Yu, a senior attending Cresskill High School in Cresskill, New Jersey, was presented…

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The Community Chest Presents First Women's Leadership Awards

The Community Chest honored women's contributions to philanthropy, education, and society in the region at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Ceremony, “Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating Women Leaders in…

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The Community Chest's 85th Anniversary Gala Raises Record Amount to Help People in Need

The Community Chest, a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, raised a record $130,000 at the Annual Spring Gala held at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, New Jersey on April 18. These funds will be directed…

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The Community Chest to Hold First Women's Leadership and Scholarship Luncheon

Join The Community Chest in honoring women's contributions to philanthropy, education, and society in the area at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship Ceremony, “Toasting the Elizabeths: Celebrating…

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Postponed Until Further Notice - The Community Chest Presents The Complex Business of Health Care: Issues and Areas of Agreement and Disagreement

Educating the community about important health and human services is a primary goal of The Community Chest. The Chest's 85th anniversary celebration features a special presentation, The Complex Business of Health Care: Issues…

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The Community Chest to Honor Philanthropists, ConnectOne Bank, and The Rotary Club of Englewood at Annual Gala Celebrating 85th Anniversary

The Community Chest will recognize two philanthropists and two organizations for their charitable activities in the community - Richard Engel and Swati-Rao Engel, ConnectOne Bank, and The Rotary Club of Englewood - at its…

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Celebrating the Elizabeths: A Tribute to Historical and Future Women Leaders in Eastern Bergen County

Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Scholarship CeremonyMay 17, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Elisabeth Morrow School, 480 Next Hill Drive, Englewood, New JerseyThe luncheon honors these leaders: Elizabeth Cutter Morrow,…

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The Community Chest Celebrates 85 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through A Look Back

For 85 years, The Community Chest has carried out its mission to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County. Throughout 2018, The Chest reflects…

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The Community Chest Celebrates Milestone 85th Anniversary at Gala on April 18

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, New Jersey, holds its annual spring gala, *Celebrating 85 Years of Service to the Community*, on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. The gala takes place…

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The Community Chest's 85th Anniversary Art Exhibition Reception Draws Crowd to Bergen Performing Arts Center

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization helping people in need in eastern Bergen County, launched its first 85th anniversary event -- an art exhibition, Stills From Life -- with an opening reception held on February 8 at the Bergen…

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The Community Chest Announces 2018 Request for Proposal

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; February 2, 2018) -- The Community Chest (The Chest) is releasing its 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Annual Grants and the Harriet Tanner Impact Grants.  Eligible nonprofit organizations may apply.…

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The Community Chest to Celebrate 85th Anniversary With Art Exhibition at Bergen Performing Arts Center

The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization helping people in need in eastern Bergen County, celebrates its 85th anniversary with a series of featured events and activities in 2018. Celebrate with The Chest its first…

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The Community Chest Needs Your Help to Spread Holiday Cheer to Our Less Fortunate Neighbors This Season

The Community Chest asks people and businesses to make the holidays a little brighter this season for their less fortunate neighbors in eastern Bergen County with a contribution to the annual Holiday Gift Card Program. For nearly…

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The Community Chest Launches Annual Campaign to Raise $300,000 to Help People in Need

The Community Chest has launched its 2017-2018 Annual Campaign to raise $300,000 for over 20 nonprofit agencies and programs that help people in need in eastern Bergen County.  For nearly 85 years, the organization has led initiatives and…

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Youngsters Embrace The Community Chest's Motto 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors' at Tenafly Community Night

The Community Chest and the Tenafly High School Key Club partnered again this year to celebrate the fifth annual Tenafly Community Night with businesses and other service organizations in the borough of Tenafly. Local residents came…

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Join The Community Chest for Martinis and Meatballs on September 14. Proceeds Help People in Need in the Area.

The Community Chest invites the public to attend this year's third Martinis and Meatballs Special on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fun takes place at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, located at 10 Sterling Blvd. in Englewood, New…

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The Alementary Brewing Company to Provide Craft Beers at Celebrate Fall With Oktoberfest at The Community Chest

The Community Chest announces The Alementary Brewing Company of Hackensack, New Jersey will contribute two different craft beers for attendees to sample at the upcoming celebration, Oktoberfest at The Community Chest, on Wednesday, October 19,…

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Oktoberfest at The Community Chest 2016

The Community Chest welcomes new and old friends this fall with a new celebration.The event introduces the launch of nonprofit organization's 2016-2017 Annual Campaign. The funds raised will support area nonprofit organizations that address a range…

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The Community Chest Awards Nearly $200,000 to Area Organizations

          The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization servicing Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly, New Jersey, awarded $195,000 in annual grants and The Harriet Tanner Impact Grant to 24 organizations. …

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