Profiles in Philanthropy: Frank Kardashian
Frank Kardashian has an incredible history of volunteerism in a variety of areas spanning business, athletics and his United Methodist faith. For 25 years, Frank served as chairman of the Middlesex County branch of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. He also dedicated his time to the children of his town, serving as the president of the Spotswood Board of Education. An avid softball fan, Frank organized the Spotswood Recreation Department’s first girls’ softball league and personally sponsored a team of college-aged scholarship players in Edison.
Frank, actively involved at Simpson United Methodist Church in Old Bridge, heads the Facilities Planning Committee and is diligently overseeing construction of a new church fellowship hall. Other organizations he supports include the VFW of Old Bridge, the Veterans’ Memorial Home in Edison, and Old Bridge’s championship-winning senior softball league, of which is he is the co-founder.
Frank Kardashian’s involvement with United Methodist Communities began almost 15 years ago, when his business experience at Dataram prompted an invitation to join a committee, which he gladly embraced. In 2004, Frank accepted a nomination to the board of directors and Foundation board of trustees. Frank chaired the Foundation board from 2008-2015, and is currently serving his emeritus year. He still sits on several committees of the board of directors.
Frank is proud of his years serving and wholeheartedly supports the mission, devoting his time, consistently making donations, and acting as a strong ambassador. He feels a connection with our residents and enjoys seeing them happy. When asked why he continues to devote so much of his time volunteering, Frank sums it up beautifully, saying, “I feel grateful that God has given me these 80+ years to help people.” We, in turn, certainly feel grateful to have his support!
Rebecca Roe is Philanthropy Assistant.