Renewing the Culture of Philanthropy: Funds raised, pledged for fiscal year 2017 surpassed $2 million


In keeping with one of the goals President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., set over a year ago, the University is renewing its culture of philanthropy.

Westfield State University Foundation Inc., our philanthropic partner, closed fiscal year 2017 on June 30 with a total of $1.8 million worth of gifts received and more than $2 million when pledges were taken into consideration. The $1.8 million fundraising total represents more than double the amount of fiscal year 2016 fundraising totals.

“Such an achievement in one year’s time is incredible,” says Dr. Torrecilha, crediting the leadership of Dr. Erica Broman, Ed.D., the vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of Foundation, her team in the Division of Institutional Advancement, and a concerted, University-wide effort. “The philanthropic culture associated with Westfield State is certainly strengthening with all University constituents.”

According to Dr. Torrecilha, the elevated level of giving signifies a greater recognition of the University’s direction and a deepened trust in its ability to deliver on its mission of providing “high-quality, accessible, and affordable education to the sons and daughters of Massachusetts and the surrounding areas.”

“It is a good time to be part of Westfield State,” says Dr. Broman. “This outpouring of support allows us to double the score in providing vital funding for scholarships, internships, and other initiatives that lead to broader student success at Westfield State University.”

Westfield State Foundation supports students and the University through advocacy, fundraising, engagement, and stewardship.

Giving Goal Surpassed

Westfield State surpassed its goal of $25,000 by raising $40,000 through its third annual Give a Hoot Day on March 30-31. In a mere 24 hours, the generosity of alumni, students, and faculty and staff shined through. Thank you for all of your support! 


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