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 1Q/2Q Grants for 2019

For the first quarter of the 2019, the Foundation granted $206,238 from their general fund and additional $30,040 from the Irna Wagner and Lydia Hoffert Fund.  The trustees granted $86,300 in funds to 8 local organizations, including: NJ Festival Orchestra, NJ Symphony Orchestra, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union Co., CASA of Union County, Literacy NJ, the Somerset Co. YMCA, NJ Orators and Groundwork Elizabeth.  These funds support a summer concert at Echo Lake Park, supporting art programming and workplace development for youth, scholarships for students for HSE exams, purchase equipment and supplies for a community greenhouse and fund educational programming and outreach programs for community members.

The second quarter of 2019 granted $119,938 for 11 local organizations.  Recipients included Habitat for Humanity, Flintlocks BSA, the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Second Street Youth Center, the Westfield Historical Society, Trinitas Health Foundation, IMAGINE, Furniture Assist and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.   The funds will help buy supplies for a new home in Plainfield, purchase equipment for a STEM trailer, renovate a private inpatient room, create an art space and purchase art supplies, purchase storage trailers and renovate a private inpatient room.

The Wagner/Hoffert funds distributed funds to Our House Foundation, Mostly Music, the Westfield Historical Society and the JCC of Central NJ.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce three new community members to the board of trustees for 2019-20: (l to r) Rupa Motwani, Gregory Irwin and Munira Ismail.