Mr. Crosby’s role as a founding Board Member of the Saint John Foundation thirty-two years ago is noteworthy. In the mid-seventies, a small group of about fifteen Saint John area community and business leaders met to consider the value of a community foundation. The group liked the concept of a locally governed, independent, permanent trustee of endowment funds that could generate earnings that stayed in Saint John, making grants to local charities. They guided an act, modeled on other Canadian Community Foundations, through the legislative process, to become law in 1976, the second community foundation to be established in the Province. Originally called The Saint John Foundation, the name was changed to Greater Saint John Community Foundation in 2000 to better reflect the original goals for the new millennium.
James McAvity Crosby was a successful businessman in Saint John. Mrs. Joyce Crosby established the James M. Crosby Fund in December, 2007 in his honour. It is entrusted to the Greater Saint John Community Foundation to support a wide range of charitable causes.
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