Westfield Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

The Westfield Foundation has named Gerard P. ‘Jay’ Boyle, a lifelong resident of Westfield, as our Executive Director.  Jay served on the board of trustees for the previous six years before taking this position.  He succeeds Betsy Chance, who served as Executive Director for 26 years. 

Jay grew up in Westfield, attending Holy Trinity Grammar and High School.  He attended Assumption University in Worcester, MA and Kean University, then worked as a Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired from 1970 through 1991.  He left as the Deputy Director of the agency.  He began a new career in the Insurance and Investment business, from which he retired in 2020.

Jay has always been involved in philanthropic and community activities, including The Optimist Club, the Westfield Y board, and the Westfield Chamber of Commerce board.  Jay also served as Chairman of the Westfield Planning Board from 2001 through 2005.  Jay lives in Westfield has three adult sons Bryan, Kevin and James. 

“I am most excited about making sure people know who we are and what we do.” For good..forever…for Westfield.

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Betsy Chance:

TAP: http://bit.ly/WFRetirementBetsy

TAP: http://bit.ly/TAP2017ProfileBetsyChance

Announcing New Executive Director:

Leader News: http://bit.ly/LeaderNewsJayBoyle2021

TAP: http://bit.ly/TAPJayBoyle2021

Foundation Grants $250K to YWCA Union County and announces 3Q 2020 grants

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation recently granted $250,000 to the YWCA Union County, who is celebrating their centennial year, for the construction of their new building in Elizabeth, which will function as a central hub for all programs.  The building is in close proximity to the Union County Prosecutor and the Courthouse Offices.  The grant was distributed from the Bertha Bogaert fund, a legacy fund established in 2016. 



Pictured: The groundbreaking of the YWCA Union County occurred on September 23, 2020. (l to r): Darielle Walsh (Westfield Foundation Board member), Betsy Chance (Executive Director at the Westfield Foundation), Janice Lillien (CEO, YWCA Union County Board of Directors), Jennifer Vriens (Dir. of Development of the YWCA Union County), and Tina Earley (President, YWCA Union County Board of Directors).



For 45 years, the Westfield Foundation has provided funding support in the areas of the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects.  The Foundation has granted $7,200,000 to over one hundred local organizations in and around Westfield.

For the third quarter of 2020, the Foundation granted $73,012 from their general fund to 7 organizations.  These funds supported capital improvements such as replacement of flooring, roof and window repair.   Funds will also provide PPE for volunteers, and offer programs for the community, including career counseling, financial management and adult enrichment.  Recipients include: Caring Contact, Youth & Family Counseling Service of NJ, Our House Foundation, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, JCC of Central NJ, CASA of Union County and the Westfield Neighborhood Council.

In addition to supporting capital projects of established social service agencies such as the YWCA Union County, the Westfield Foundation has also been and important resource of ‘seed money’ for smaller organizations and emerging needs.  Programs started with seed money include: IMAGINE, Roots & Wings, Westfield Symphony Orchestra (now the NJ Festival Orchestra), the WHS Ice Hockey team, and the WHS Rowing Club.   The Foundation also established the Foundation Park for the Westfield community.

Creating a Westfield Foundation Donor-Advised Fund is one way for your family to leaving a legacy to the Westfield community.  By creating a family fund, you make it possible to leave a permanent legacy for your philanthropic interest.  Money to support the Foundation’s mission and grant distribution has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring citizens of Westfield.

Donate today to help others in need.  Secure donations can be made directly here: https://thewestfieldfoundation.com/donate-now/

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Betsy Chance, via email, at foundation@westfieldnj.com or by phone at (908)-233-9788.