KearnyBank Foundation provides $800K to N.J.-based charities

The KearnyBank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Fairfield-based Kearny Bank, said during fiscal year 2019, it contributed nearly $800,000 to charities and organizations throughout New Jersey and beyond.

The foundation said it focuses its donations toward quality-of-life-, education-, community betterment- and housing-related categories.

Highlights from the year include an ongoing partnership with Junior Achievement of New Jersey as well as grant to the Meadowlands Area YMCA.

Under the partnership with JANJ, KearnyBank underwrites select JANJ financial rewards, emphasizing programming, as well as the its New Jersey Business Hall of Fame event. Senior-level executives of Kearny Bank also serve on the JANJ board. The Meadowlands Area YMC contribution, which was distributed over five years, focuses on programming and equipment acquisitions at the organization’s 83,000-square-foot facility in East Rutherford.

“Almost anywhere you look, there’s a great deal of need,” Craig Montanaro, CEO and president, Kearny Bank, said. “At Kearny Bank, we’re proud that our success enables us to provide assistance through some of New Jersey’s finest community organizations. I’m confident that our foundation truly makes lives better.”

Other grant recipients include the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newark; 55 Kip Center; the Chilton Medical Center Foundation; the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County; Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship; Greenpoint YMCA; Staten Island Economic Development Corp.; Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County; LUPUS Foundation of America; Eger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; Main Street Counseling Center; Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; Wounded Warriors; and more.