Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking


Quick Facts

Port Washington, NY


The Community Chest of Port Washington is a not-for-profit organization established in 1949 to raise funds for distribution to local charities dedicated to improving people's lives. Community Chest funds support these charities' programs in Port Washington, including services for children, seniors, families, and everyone in our community, exemplifying the spirit of The People of Port Helping the People of Port.

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Executive Director

Ms. Julie Meer Harnick

Main Address

382 Main St

Port Washington, NY 11050 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal is to improve the lives of all Port Washington residents by providing funding for services for those who are in need. We provide grant funding to 26 nonprofit organization that serve approximately 6,500 Port residents.

We gave $290,000 for services and $17,295 for equipment purchases and capital improvements.

In addition, we provided office space at below market rates to nonprofit organizations, saving $160,000 in rental costs, helping them achieve their missions.

We issue an grant application that all nonprofits (providing services to Port Washington residents) are invited to submit. All applications are reviewed by a committee of 10. Attachments to the application include tax returns, financial statements and board lists. Applicants are interviewed. The committee determines who will get grants and how much they will get with this thorough process and review of prior reports, documentation of outcomes, need, strength of board and other criteria. Grantees are required to submit a narrative and budget report within 60 days of year end.

The Executive Director has been in the nonprofit field for over 29 years. She is involved in every aspect of the organization, from management to fundraising to program services. She has a masters in accounting from New York University, and has held varying positions at several Port Washington charities before starting at the Community Chest in 2010.
The current board president has been on the board for 4 years and is serving his first term as president. Previous positions included on the finance and campaign committees. He currently serves as Managing Director, Sales & Distribution Technology at Morgan Stanley. Previously he served as Chief Technology Officer of He was a developer and acted as a Sybase Administrator and a Database Administrator. He worked for such companies as JP Morgan, Alliance Capital and Moore Capital. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Computer Science.He works as a technology support director in the financial services industry.
Board members, who sit on the committee are given professional development and training in the nature of their work.

Outcomes are reviewed when grantee organization submit annual reports on funding they have received. In annual interviews, we stress the importance of evaluation and documentation of outcomes--both subjectively and objectively (when practicable).

For over 65 years the Community Chest of Port Washington has been exclusively a Port Washington "community project," researching the needs of its residents, soliciting and evaluating proposals and awarding grants to help. Each nonprofit grantee organization runs a program that benefits Port Washington residents; either by taking care of social service needs or fostering activities that not only help those in need but also create a healthier town. In a world where things become obsolete in mere months, the Community Chest is a remarkable example of what happens when a town generously puts the needs of its struggling residents first. In 2015, we assisted 6,350 residents lead happier and healthier lives.

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Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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