Donor Highlight | Mary Owen Borden Foundation
Our first grant supporter has never stopped giving!
Thirty years ago, the Mary Owen Borden Foundation gave a newly-launched Interfaith Neighbors its first grant to help carry out a mission to prevent families from becoming homeless.
This year, as we celebrate 30 years of serving the community, we would like to remember that very first grant and express our appreciation of that foundation that has been with us all the way.
“Mary Owen Borden was the first, and has supported us consistently year in and year out,” says Executive Director Paul McEvily.
“Originally, the grants were for the homeless program, and then, beyond that, the Foundation has had a particular interest in supporting the revitalization of Asbury Park,” McEvily said. “They’ve provided funding for our workforce development program, neighborhood revitalization, the Kula Cafe and Kula Urban Farm.”
Because of Mary Owen Borden’s interest in Asbury Park and revitalization, the foundation asked McEvily to join its Board of Trustees. “They were intent of having representation on their board from an agency that provides frontline services for the communities they support,” he said.
Bertram H. Borden founded the Mary Owen Borden Foundation in 1934 to honor his wife shortly after her death. In the early decades, the foundation funded local charities and projects at Victory Park, Rumson High School, Monmouth Medical Center and the Manhatten School of Music.
In recent decades, Mary Owen Borden has focused on the needs of disadvantaged youth and their families in New Jersey’s Mercer and Monmouth Counties. That focus on disadvantaged families led Mary Owen Borden to become a strong supporter of Interfaith.
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