Dean Mathey in the Map Room at Pretty Brook Farm
In 1952, Dean Mathey created The Bunbury Company as a private, grant-making foundation to further his charitable intentions. With a touch of humor, he named the foundation after Uncle Bunbury in Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Ernest. For years when an important project needed funding, and friends came seeking Dean’s support, he would routinely defer the decision until he could make a consultation with his valued advisors at Bunbury.
Since his death in 1972, The Bunbury Company has continued to honor the Mathey legacy through a charitable grants program. In that time, the foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support non-profit organizations making significant impacts on social, environmental, and educational needs across central New Jersey, and most specifically Mercer County.
In 2015, sixty-five years later, The Bunbury Company has started a new chapter as a donor-advised fund of long-time collaborative partner, the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Bunbury Fund at the Community Foundation will continue The Bunbury Company’s historic work, honoring the philanthropic legacy of its founder, Dean Mathey.
The Bunbury Fund is currently revising its guidelines for 2017. Check back soon for the new guidelines.
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