Foundation Announces New Executive Board and 3Q Grant Recipients.

Westfield- 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 more than $6,400,000 to various organizations.

In the third quarter of 2017, the Foundation distributed $93,262 in grants to multiple organizations in the 3Q of 2017. Grants for this quarter included the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, HomeFirst, Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey and Youth and Family Counseling Services of NJ. Funds will be used support rising talent performances in area schools, upgrades to a client computer lab, and establishing a Youth Volunteer Experience Program.

The Foundation’s new executive board for 2017-18. Pictured (l to r): Robert Gorelick, Janet Sarkos, Claudia Andreski and Gerard Abbattista.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce the new executive board for 2017-18: Janet Sarkos, President; Robert Gorelick, Vice-president; Gerard Abbattista, Treasurer and Claudia Andreski, Secretary.

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. For more information about the Westfield Foundation grant or donor opportunities, please contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director at 908-233-9787.

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.

1st Quarter Grants for 2013 Announced

Westfield – This summer, Westfield youth will be able to attend camp in Pennsylvania, regardless of financial ability, due to a grant for the scholarship fund for Camp Speers-Eljabar.  The camp, as well as 5 other community services, was granted funds totaling $38,224 for the first quarter, 2013. Projects include the West 7th Street Village project, support for musical concerts, a youth empowerment services program, and a caregivers’ respite program.

The first quarter recipients include: Oratorio Singers of Westfield, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Camp Speers-Eljabar YMCA, Alzheimer’s Association, Youth and Family Counseling Services and Habitat for Humanity.

The work of the Foundation can only be fulfilled due to the donations of the community.  The Foundation quietly runs an appeal drive at the end of the year.  This year, almost $30,000 was raised for the unrestricted fund.  Additional donations were collected, for donor advised and memorial funds, in the amount of $382,000.  One of the largest contributions was from the estates of Lydia E. Hoffart.

The Foundation encourages creating an individual family fund, which makes it possible to leave a permanent legacy for your philanthropic interests.  You can build a lasting legacy and perpetuate the name you select for the Fund.

Mary Robinson, the Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, spoke to current and former trustees at the annual cornerstone meeting in December.   Imagine is a year-round grief support center for children and adults located in Westfield.  Imagine received a $15,000 grant in early 2012, which was ear marked as seed money for the start up of Imagine.

Mary Robinson, the Founder and Executive Director of Imagine, spoke to current and former trustees at the annual cornerstone meeting in December. Imagine is a year-round grief support center for children and adults located in Westfield. Imagine received a $15,000 grant in early 2012, which was ear marked as seed money for the start up of Imagine.