WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Foundation in 2018 distributed over $278,000 in grants to 26 different agencies including the Westfield Service League, Our House Foundation, Flintlocks BSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alzheimer’s Association, Arts Power and the YWCA Union County.

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. In 2018, 46 percent of the grants were for educational requests, 5 percent for health, 44 percent for social services and civic and 5 percent for the arts.

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects, so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. In 2018, the Foundation provided a major grant toward the renovation of Mindowaskin Park, which recently opened to the public. 

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In addition, the Foundation funded a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and math classroom at Westfield High School. These major grants were from the Bertha Bogaert Fund held at the Foundation.

In the fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed $68,000 to seven organizations. Recipients included Social Justice Matters, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra and Access Unlimited.

The Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation has added the capability of making a secure donation, via its website, for the first time.

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.

For more information about the Westfield Foundation, visit the Foundation website at www.thewestfieldfoundation.com.

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, contact Betsy Chance, Executive Director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to foundation@westfieldnj.com. Thank you for giving back to our community.