Madison Education Foundation (MEF) Announces $5,000 Enrichment Grant from ConnectOne Bank

MEF Co-Vice Pres. Sara Burnet and Pres. Clare Sievers, ConnectOne Bank Vice Pres. and Branch Mgr, Chris Nyzio. MEF Co-Vice Pres. Diane Ryan and CNOB employees Maria Dolores and Cindy Eberenz.

Madison, NJ, - The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) announced a $5000 grant was received by The ConnectOne Bank located at 300 Main street this month. "The ConnectOne Bank Enrichment Grant will further the work of MEF, whose mission is to award grants to all teachers in Madison public schools for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students, but are above and beyond the school budget and we are thrilled about the continued generous support.," said the MEF Board. 

“ConnectOne Bank continues to demonstrate its commitment to public education in Madison through this unrestricted $5,000 grant,” says MEF President Clare Sievers.  “We were delighted to approve $75,000 in educational enrichment grants in mid-December and will announce our Winter Cycle grants in mid-March.  A gift of $5,000 has a real impact on bringing teacher-initiated ideas to life for our District’s students.”

Last year, MEF awarded more than $90,000 in grants impacting students across five schools.  “We are so encouraged to see an increase in cross-curricular grant application submissions,” says Sievers. “Madison educators are researching the latest tools and technologies available in their respective fields and then bringing that innovation to their classrooms through MEF support.”
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“We are proud to continue our work with the Madison Education Foundation, an organization that has made a significant impact on public education by equipping New Jersey’s teachers with the tools they need to help students thrive,” said ConnectOne Bank’s Chief Lending & Relationship Officer Elizabeth Magennis. “As a community bank, serving and giving back to our local communities is in our DNA, and we’re proud to play a small part in MEF’s mission to inspire and enrich education.”

Area businesses that would like to support the work of MEF are invited to contact Clare Sievers at  More information about the Foundation and a complete list of grants may be found at
Madison Education Foundation
The Madison Education Foundation (MEF) awards grants to Pre-K-12 Madison District teachers for initiatives that energize the creative and academic lives of students, but are above and beyond the school budget. Since its inception in 2003, MEF has awarded more than 300 grants totaling approximately  $1,100,000. MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1093, Madison, NJ 07940 or submitted online. Visit or e-mail for more information.

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