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 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)

Westfield Foundation Announces End of Year Update

foundation logoIn 2013, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $261,000 in grants to thirty-eight different agencies, among them:  the Westfield Community Band, Youth and Family Counseling, the Cerebral Palsy League, Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, and Furniture Assist. 

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need.  Imagine Inc., a center for coping with loss, is a past recipient of a $15,000 start up grant and is now on track to serve twenty families and sixty children dealing with loss due to the death of a parent or sibling.

In the fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed over $23,000 to five organizations. Grants were earmarked for such items as a large screen interactive computer, orchestral performances in the Westfield area, and funds for day care, after school care and scholarships for children to attend summer camp.  Recipients included the Cerebral Palsy League, Union County College Foundation, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, Family Promise and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. 

Currently the Foundation manages 114 funds totaling over $14.8 million.  Income from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds enabled the Foundation to distribute grants to such agencies as the Westfield Y to improve handicapped accessibility, computer upgrades to Jewish Family services for their nursing staff, Children’s Specialized Hospital for rehabilitation technology equipment and the New Jersey Festival Orchestra to support their concert series.

During 2014, the Board of Trustees will seek projects that advance new initiatives and will have a substantial impact on the community. The Foundation’s priority will be capital projects and providing seed money to support new programs while continuing to provide smaller grants that assist existing agencies on an annual basis.  Meetings with various agencies that have previously received grants from the Foundation are planned for the New Year in the hope to promote future grants that will have an enduring legacy for the community.

The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising 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.  

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, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to foundation@westfieldnj.com.

Foundation Announces 2nd Quarter Recipients

The Westfield Foundation met in May to distribute more than $29,000 in grants to seven programs and projects. These grants will help to fund a Young Entrepreneurs Academy, support families living with cancer, and purchase equipment for a pre-school program to name a few.

This quarter’s recipients include: Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Summit Speech School, Planned Parenthood, IMAGINE, Inc., the Westfield Community Band and Furniture Assist. In addition, the trustees approved a $100,000 grant to the Westfield Y, to be paid in installments over 5 years, to support their new capital campaign.

Additionally, the Foundation is also pleased to announce the new executive board for 2013-14: Bill Foley, president; Rick Coltrera, vice-president; Alice Fertig, treasurer; and Howard Cohen, secretary. Eighty individuals have served as trustees in the past and there are currently 15 trustees serving on the Westfield Foundation Board.

The Westfield Foundation Executive Board for 2013-14, (from l to r) :Howard Cohen, secretary; Alice Fertig, treasurer; Rich Coltrera, vice-president; and Bill Foley, president.

The Westfield Foundation Executive Board for 2013-14, (from l to r) : Howard Cohen, secretary; Alice Fertig, treasurer; Rich Coltrera, vice-president; and Bill Foley, president.