The Bunbury Fund supports non-profit organizations making significant impacts across central New Jersey, and most specifically Mercer County, to strengthen their capacity to effectively advance their missions toward sustainable, organizational maturity.

The Fund awards one-year capacity building grants of up to $50,000. It also accepts proposals for multi-year grants focused on developing organizational effectiveness over a period of up to three years and a total amount of up to $150,000. It will also consider awarding a planning grant of up to $10,000 to help an organization evaluate the resources required to undertake a more comprehensive capacity building project.

The Bunbury Fund will post an update on the 2021 application process by Feb. 1.

The Bunbury Fund is pleased to support NonProfitConnect’s LeadershipConnect series of trainings for nonprofit leaders. For information about the latest workshops, visit NonProfitConnect.

The latest series, on nonprofit collaborations, will provide local nonprofits with the unique opportunity to gain valuable guidance with La Piana Consulting, a national management consulting firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and foundations for greater social impact.

For this series, NonProfitConnect will offer two programs–a general session focused on the breadth of collaboration options including mergers and an intensive workshop series with a small group of nonprofit organizations who are seriously considering partnerships.

The overview session “Collaboration:  Mergers, Partnerships and Shared Services” will be held on January 28, 12-1:30pm.  This webinar introduces the array of strategic relationships that can advance greater impact and sustainability for nonprofit organizations.

The separate individualized series “Better Together:  Making a Plan for Nonprofit Collaboration” will be offered over three dates, February 2 and 26, and March 12, 12-1:30pm.  This series of three 90-minute sessions will provide a smaller group of board and staff leaders with the opportunity to develop greater insight into their respective roles in guiding organizations through a decision to explore and successfully implement strategic partnerships. Participants will develop a shared sense of the best path forward for their organizations and create a plan for specific next steps within their nonprofit. Learn more or register here.

Fall 2020 Update

The Bunbury Fund revised its timing and approach for the second cycle of funding in 2020.  Our fall grantmaking was part of a collaborative of funds supporting the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Phase II.  Learn more here.

The Bunbury Legacy

In 1952, longtime Princeton resident 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.

Mathey died in 1972, but his philanthropic legacy lived on through The Bunbury Company’s grantmaking. Over the next 40 years, the foundation awarded more than $75 million to central New Jersey non-profits working on important social, environmental and educational projects. . In 2015, The Bunbury Company started a new chapter as a donor-advised fund (DAF) at the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Bunbury Fund at the Community Foundation continues original foundation’s legacy of dedication to supporting the nonprofit sector, now with a focus on capacity-building.

Photo by Tyler Tooker.

We recently celebrated the retirement of Sam Lambert, a Bunbury Fund Advisor. Sam, thank you for your countless hours of volunteer service to our community!

For more information or support, please contact:

Nelida Valentin
Vice President, Grants & Programs
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Eddie Roberts
Director, Grants & Programs
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