Foundation helping others in 2015

foundation logoIn 2015, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $317,000 in grants benefitting many arts organizations, health related programs, social service agencies/programs and education. 

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need.  The Board of Trustees will continue to seek projects that advance new initiatives and will have a substantial impact on the community and will have an enduring legacy for the community.  The Foundation’s priority is capital projects and providing seed money to support new programs while continuing to provide smaller grants that assist existing agencies on an annual basis.

In the fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed over $77,000 to eight organizations. Grants were earmarked for such programs as the expansion of an after-school music program, new adult programming, counseling and support for veterans and scholarship funding for women who are trying to become self-sufficient and able to escape the cycle of domestic violence.   Recipients include Music Counts, Inc., Liberty Science Center, YMCA Plainfield, Youth and Family Counseling Service, JCC of Central NJ, YWCA Eastern Union County, Jewish Family Service and Union County College.

Additionally, to honor the Westfield Foundation’s 40th anniversary,  “Foundationsolo 40th anniv logo Park” is being developed, together with the Town of Westfield and assistance of Westfield landscape architect, Craig Stock.  The community park is being developed in an open area near the South Avenue traffic circle.  The park, with a paved patio, walkways and plantings, will be completed in 2016.

Please consider making a donation the Foundation’s annual campaign. Donations can be mailed 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 3rd Qtr. Grant Recipients

Westfield – The Westfield Foundation met in September to distribute over $25,000 in grants to 5 programs and projects.  These grants will help to fund rehabilitation technology equipment, upgrade security to an emergency shelter, fund a visiting author program and purchase medical equipment for low-income clients.

This quarter’s recipients include: Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, YWCA of Eastern Union County, Children’s Specialized Hospital, JCC of Central NJ and SAGE Eldercare.  While the Westfield Foundation supports established social service agencies, it has also become an important resource for new and smaller organizations and emerging needs.  In the past, the Foundation has provided start up funds for now well-established programs such as the annual WHS Graduation BASH, the WHS Ice Hockey and crew teams, emergency funds of $10,000 to the Westfield Food Pantry in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and $1,000 to an Eagle Scout determined to build a Korean War Memorial.

The Foundation’s work continues today, because of the support from Westfield and surrounding communities.  The Foundation relies solely on donations from the community.

In December, the Foundation launches their annual fundraising campaign.  Please consider making an investment in Westfield and supporting the good works of the Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation.  These donations allow the Foundation to keep thriving and giving back directly to Westfield.