On behalf of the Westfield Foundation, I would like to thank all those community residents who donated to our annual campaign. This year the Westfield Foundation raised approximately $285,000.00, the majority of which was placed in individual family endowment funds that provide for a permanent legacy. The Foundation now manages over $15 million in restricted and unrestricted funds, which has grown as a result of donations during annual campaigns, will bequests and family donations.
The Foundation’s board consists of 15 active community members, who volunteer their time and support the mission of the Foundation, which is to improve life in and around Westfield. During my time on the board, the Foundation has given over $1.5 million in grants, benefitting many art organizations, health related programs, social service agencies/programs and education. In 2015, we donated over $317k to multiple organizations.
Commemorating the Foundation’s 40th anniversary, the Town of Westfield and the Foundation are in the process of developing Foundation Park, which will be a community park near the South Avenue traffic circle that was designed by Westfield landscape architect, Craig Stock. We will be having a dedication ceremony this summer.
If you have not already done so, I hope you will consider making a donation or creating a lasting legacy of philanthropy with the Westfield Foundation. Click here to read more about legacy donations.
Thank you again for your support and generosity.
Russell M. Finestein
Westfield Foundation Board President, 2014-2016