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Member News — Columbia Bank Foundation Grant Helps To Create A Safer Environment At The Phoenix Center
October 12th, 2018

The Phoenix Center located in Nutley has received a $30,000 grant from the Columbia Bank Foundation for a security system upgrade. Founded in 1991, The Phoenix Center is a private school that works with students with developmental and behavioral disabilities on the Autism Spectrum.

“School safety is a timely and important topic,” said Thomas J. Kemly President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “We are proud to assist the Phoenix Center with their excellent work and for their efforts in creating a safer school environment.”

Shown at a special check presentation are students from The Phoenix Center, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank (left), Julie Mower, M.A. Ed, Executive Director of The Phoenix Center, and Amy Dupuis, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

As one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey, 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 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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