For almost 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 almost $6,800,000 to over one hundred local organizations in and around Westfield.

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 eight 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.

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

In addition to supporting 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. 

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.

To learn more about the Westfield Foundation and how you can help, please go to: www.thewestfieldfoundation.com. 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.