2Q for 2017 Grants Announced by the Foundation

Since 1975, the mission of the Westfield Foundation has been to provide funding support in the arts, health, aging, historic preservation, social services and civic projects.  In pursuit of these goals, the Foundation has granted over than $6,400,000 to various organizations.

In the second quarter for 2017, the Foundation granted $86,593 to 10 local organizations.  These funds will be used to buy toys and play equipment for preschoolers, replace worn carpet at the WML, the purchase of a defibrillator and security system, replacement of aging computers and laptops, provide respite care scholarships, provide transportation for children to swim lessons, and recruit and train adult volunteers.  Recipients this quarter are: Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Caring Contact, Children’s Dyslexia Center, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Imagine, Inc., Literacy New Jersey, Summit Speech School, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield Neighborhood Council, and Westfield Public Schools. 

In addition to supporting the capital projects of established social service agencies in the community, the Westfield Foundation has also been an important resource of ‘seed money’ for smaller organizations and emerging needs. 

Money to support the Foundation’s grants has been and continues to be provided by concerned and caring Westfield residents.

To learn more about why you should donate to our Foundation, click here. 

Honoring Retiring Trustees

Three Trustees recently retired from the Foundation Board. Pictured (l to r): Howard Cohen, Michele Mattessich and Beth Cassie.

Westfield – Three trustees of the Westfield Foundation said goodbye at the annual meeting of the Foundation. Beth Cassie, the outgoing President of the Foundation, Howard Cohen, the outgoing Secretary and Michelle Mattessich, outgoing head of the Finance Committee, all served for 6 years on the Board.  During their tenure on the board, the Foundation added 18 new funds and the assets under management grew from $10.5 million to $18.3 million. The Foundation distributed $1.7 million in grants and awarded $655,000 in scholarships to deserving students.  Pictured (l to r): Howard Cohen, Michele Mattessich and Beth Cassie.

 

Foundation 2016 End of Year Summary

Foundation 2016 End of Year Summary

In 2016, the Westfield Foundation distributed almost $317,000 in grants to thirty-two different agencies, among them:  The Westfield Rescue Squad, Cranford Dramatic Club, Boys and Girls Clubs of Union Co., Liam’s Room and Caring Contact.

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. Additionally, the Foundation has become an important resource for organizations with new or emerging needs.  The Foundation’s grants impact many lives.

In the third quarter, the Foundation distributed over $22,000 to four organizations. The fourth quarter saw the Foundation distribute over $106,000 to 13 organizations.  Various grants allowed ESL classes for no charge to students, counseling for special needs children, pediatric palliative care training, the development of a curriculum for first responders, and uniforms for winter/spring cheerleading.  Recipients included The Adult School, Jewish Family Services, NJ Intergenerational Orchestra, Community Access Unlimited, YWCA Union County, and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

The Foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services.  For 2016, 40% of the grants were for educational requests, 29% for health, 19% for social services, 7% for the arts and 5% were mixed distribution.

Pictured: Former Presidents of the Westfield Foundation were in attendance for the annual Cornerstone luncheon, held on Election Day, at Echo Lake Country Club.  (l to r): Anthony Cook (2006-12), Beth Cassie (current), Dave Owens (2000-06), Gail Cassidy (1999-2005), Barbara Frantz (2002-2008) and Russell Finestein ( 2010-2016).

Pictured: Former Presidents of the Westfield Foundation were in attendance for the annual Cornerstone luncheon, held on Election Day, at Echo Lake Country Club. (l to r): Anthony Cook (2006-12), Beth Cassie (current), Dave Owens (2000-06), Gail Cassidy (1999-2005), Barbara Frantz (2002-2008) and Russell Finestein ( 2010-2016).

Currently, the Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal.  The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign per year.  If you wish to donate to the Foundation’s current annual appeal, donations can be sent directly to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091.

Foundation Park Swings!

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, crowds gathered for the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival at Foundation Park, on South Avenue near the circle.  Dozens of people took to the dance floor to ‘swing’ to the music, which was performed by Swingadelic, a ‘little big band”.

The music continues at the park, on Tuesdays from 7p – 9 pm, through the end of August.

Swingadelic entertains the crowds on July 26.

Swingadelic entertains the crowds (7/26/16)