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This goal is just as relevant today as it was nearly 40 years ago. Diminishing state appropriations balanced with the strong need to keep a state university education affordable and accessible for students, drive the Foundation to seek greater private support.
The Westfield State Foundation is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. The foundation’s purpose is to plan initiatives and perform activities that support the university’s continuing growth and effort to change lives. All gifts should be made to the Westfield State Foundation. The Foundation effectively raises funds and carefully manages charitable gifts for the support of the university.
Working with the university and other partners, the Foundation operates under the leadership of a board that's made up of respected community professionals and alumni whose purpose it is to support the university through active fund-raising and advocacy. During challenging financial times, the Foundation is there for the University, advocating to keep public higher education affordable and accessible and seeking greater private support.
The Foundation's philanthropic programs include annual giving, special events, major gifts, capital campaigns, endowments and planned giving. The Foundation sponsors on-campus activities and supports university projects that enrich the entire learning experience for our students and offer vivid cultural opportunities for the greater community. Your gift can complement limited state funding to scholarship programs; building funds; cultural, artistic and athletic programs; campus beautification; and so much more.
The professional staff of the Division of Institutional Advancement supports the work of the Foundation and is here to help achieve your philanthropic, financial, and estate planning goals. We invite you to include your financial advisors on all philanthropic efforts.
Westfield State Foundation supports students and the University through advocacy, fundraising, engagement and stewardship.
Through its Board of Directors, the Foundation develops, fosters, and cultivates relationships with external constituencies, including alumni, friends, business leaders, private foundations, and residents of the Westfield area and beyond. View a complete list of our current Board of Directors.