In 2017, the Westfield Foundation distributed over $355,000 in grants to 37 different agencies, among them:  Westfield PAL, Imagine, Jewish Family Service, Literacy New Jersey, Westfield Neighborhood Council and the Westfield Art Association. The diversity of grant recipients is a testament to the fact that the Foundation’s grants impact many lives. 

Grants from the Foundation help individuals and agencies launch promising civic projects so they can become sustainable agencies that meet a specific community need. Additionally, the Foundation has become an important resource for organizations with new or emerging needs. In 2017, the Foundation provided seed money for various projects, including the creation of a mobile food market program spearheaded by Groundwork Elizabeth.

In the fourth fourth quarter, the Foundation distributed $74,200 to nine organizations. Various grants allowed the purchase of groceries for families whose children are battling cancer, scholarships for autistic students to attend a camp, the implementation of a peer coordinator model program and funds for a teen wing remodeling project. Recipients included the Westfield United fund, Union county College, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, Westfield Y, CASA of Union County, Habitat for Humanity, the YWCA of Union County, the Boys and Girls Club of Union County and Trinitas Health Foundation.

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The Foundation focuses on four sectors: Arts, Education, Health and Social Services. For 2017, 42 percent of the grants were for educational requests, 29 percent for health, 19 percent for social services and civic and 10 percent for the arts.

Currently, the Westfield Foundation is holding their annual fundraising appeal. The Foundation holds only one annual fundraising campaign. 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 need more information about the Westfield Foundation, please 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, please contact Betsy Chance, executive director, by phone at 908-233-9787 or by email to foundation@westfieldnj.com.