Building a Place for History
Katherine Durante is the Executive Director of OceanFirst Foundation, which was established in 1996 and is the first foundation in the nation to be established by a bank as part of an initial public offering. Since inception, the Foundation has invested more than $27 million in community initiatives and programs with more than 6,000 grants awarded to more than 600 charities and schools in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. In 2014, the Foundation launched its inaugural crowdfunding challenge on Crowdrise for Jersey Shore nonprofits to help them learn a “new way to fish”. Since then, two additional Crowdfunding Challenges have been launched raising almost $1 million for the charity participants.