Source: Westfield Leader, April 27, 2017 edition
Source: Westfield Leader, April 27, 2017 edition
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.
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.
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.
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!
Westfield – 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.
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.
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
We would like to announce a distribution of $52,000 in grants to four organizations in the 1Q of 2016. Additionally, the Foundation distributed over $106,000 to various organizations for further community support.
Grants for this quarter included Habitat for Humanity, WHS Band Parents Association, Groundwork Elizabeth and the Alzheimer’s Association. Funds will be used for purchase of new uniforms for the marching band, an ongoing respite care program, ongoing building expenses and the purchase of passenger van.
Additional monies distributed in the first quarter will be used toward college scholarships for Westfield students, a summer youth employment program, and support for various programs including a local orchestra.