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. 

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)

 

 

Foundation Announces 2Q 16 Grants, New Trustees

The Westfield Foundation is pleased to announce four recipients have been awarded almost $36,000 in grants this past quarter.  They include the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, Summit Speech School, the Cranford Dramatic Club and Imagine.  Funds will be used for the purchase of new radios, a desktop computer and facility repairs.

The Foundation held its annual meeting in May.  During this meeting, three board trustees retired, after serving six years: Sal Caruana, Alice Fertig and Russell Finestein.  Three new community members were installed as trustees for 2016-17: Gil Chapman, Frank Isolde and Nancy Wolfe.

The Foundation has been giving to the community for 40 years!

New trustees for 2016-17: (l to r): Gil Chapman, Nancy Wolfe and Frank Isolde.

New trustees for 2016-17: (l to r): Gil Chapman, Nancy Wolfe and Frank Isolde.

Three retiring Foundation trustees: (l to r) Russ Finestein, Alice Fertig and Sal Caruana. (5/16)

Three retiring Foundation trustees: (l to r) Russ Finestein, Alice Fertig and Sal Caruana. (5/16)

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Held for New Foundation Park

Foundation Park 5Westfield – The Westfield Foundation announced the establishment of Foundation Park and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with Mayor Andrew Skibitsky, members of the Town Council, the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), and past and present Trustees of the Westfield Foundation in attendance.

Foundation Park is a joint project of the Westfield Foundation and the Town of Westfield commemorating 40 years of community service by the Westfield Foundation.  Foundation Park, which is located across from the South Avenue Circle, will be used as a venue for Jazz Night and other Town events.  The area is scheduled to be completed with landscaping and lighting by early July, so it can be used as a venue for the DWC’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, held on Tuesday evenings in July and August.

The concept and the design for Foundation Park was created by Craig Stock, who was awarded a plaque by the Westfield Foundation in recognition and appreciation for his time and effort in creating the park, as well as for his extensive community service for the Town.Foundation Park Russ and Craig 3

On behalf of the Foundation, former Foundation President, Russ Finestein, thanked the following companies for contributing either materials or labor to help create the park: Weldon Materials Inc., T. Fiotakis Construction, Harol Landscaping & Construction, A & N Landscaping and Craig Stock Landscape Design.  Finestein also thanked the Mayor and Town Council for their support, as well as the Town Administrator, James Gildea, and the Town Engineer, Kris McAloon, and the employees of the Westfield Department of Public Works, for their hard work in establishing the park.

Lastly, Finestein also thanked current and past Westfield residents who have donated or bequeathed funds to the Foundation, which now manages over $15,000,000.00 in restricted and unrestricted funds.  The Foundation uses a portion of these funds each year to provide grants benefitting the community overall and many art organizations, health-related programs, social service agencies/programs and education.

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