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.

Foundation announces 3rd and 4th Quarter grants

Westfield – In the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2019, Westfield Foundation distributed $103,260  in grants to 12 different agencies: Caring ContactCranford First Aid SquadJewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, Emmanuel Cancer FoundationAlzheimer’s New Jersey, Family Promise Union CountyTwo Hundred Club of Union CountyCenter for Hope HospiceYouth & Family Counseling Services of New Jersey, YWCA Union CountyNJ Workshop for the Arts and the Town of Westfield.  Projects these grants will assist include the updating and purchasing of new equipment, scholarships, public artwork, a music production studio, support of programs for youth and caretakers and workshops for long-term success.

The diversity of grant recipients is a testament to the fact that the Foundation’s grants impact many lives.  The foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services.  Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects, so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need.  

This winter, Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation has added the capability of making a secure donation, via their website, for the first time.  It’s as easy as a click to donate and help your neighbors in need. Click here to make a donation now.

The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign per year. If you wish to donate by check, to the foundation’s current annual appeal, donations may also be sent to: Westfield Foundation, PO Box 2295, Westfield, NJ 07091.  

If you have questions about making a donation or are interested in creating a ‘family legacy’ which would benefit the community for years to come, click here for more information.