The Westfield State Foundation fuels the university's effort to change lives. Classified as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS, 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.
The Foundation's philanthropic programs include annual giving, special events, major gifts, capital campaigns, endowments and planned giving. We invite you to make a gift online. 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.
Rendering of the Westfield State Science Center. Construction began in Summer 2014 and expected completion is Fall 2016.
Board of Directors
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. To view a complete list of our current Board of Directors, click here.
Giving to Westfield State
Westfield State invites you to join with others to help ensure access, affordability, and excellence for our students. Your interest and financial support impact student success, faculty quality, and the University’s vital place in the community. At the same time, you are part of a growing culture of philanthropy among the University’s alumni and friends. Your giving may take many forms and support multiple objectives. The amount and designation of your gift adds value to Westfield State University.
For more information on giving to Westfield State, please email Lisa McMahon, or call 413-485-7360.
Restricted and unrestricted gifts made by cash, check, or credit card are the most common and simplest for donors and Westfield State University. Generally tax-deductible in the year in which it is made, your cash gift can be put to work immediately. You may make your gift through any of the following ways:
- online by clicking here,
- mail your check (be sure to note your name and phone number) to Westfield State Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1630, Westfield, MA 01086-1630, or
- calling 413-485-7350
Charitable contributions of stocks, bonds, and other appreciated securities may provide you a maximum tax benefit. Typically deductible at the market value on the date gifted, your contribution of securities allows you to avoid capital gains tax on any appreciation.
Gifts from Donor Advised Funds and Family Foundations
Increasing numbers of donors are finding that donor advised funds and foundations provide flexibility for their overall philanthropic activities.
Real Estate or Tangible Personal Property
Gifts of property made without restriction as to resale are generally accepted by Westfield State. Under tax laws, gifts of real and tangible property (including jewelry, art, antiques, gold, historical documents and equipment) deemed acceptable by the University and the Foundation receive fair market value. The donor is responsible for securing a qualified appraisal for all gifts of real estate and tangible personal property. State, federal, and IRS regulations apply.
Many public and private companies match their employees’ contributions to higher education. You might double or even triple the value of your gift to WSU. To release these funds, you must initiate a process with your or your spouse’s employer.
Planned, Deferred, and Combination Gifts
Planned, deferred, and combination gifts offer donors excellent options to make major gifts while retaining some income from assets. Most of the previously mentioned ways of giving can also fund a charitable trust which retains income for a period of time (usually lifetime), after which the Westfield State Foundation may receive the assets. In some cases, a gift may be a combination of an outright gift and a trust to return income to the donor for a period of time. Remainder Interest in Personal Residence
This can be a vacation home or a principal residence. You may continue to live in the property after giving it to the university and still claim an income tax deduction equal to the present value of the interest given away.
In addition to being the most common form of planned giving, a bequest to Westfield State helps to insure the future of the university without affecting your current personal finances. Donors have many options in determining how to leave a bequest to provide for maximum estate tax charitable deductions and benefit to the university.
Retirement Plan Gifts
Your retirement assets, accumulated over many years and invested in tax-deferred accounts, could ultimately be a large portion of your estate. You may wish to explore the benefit of designating the Westfield State Foundation as a primary or secondary (after your spouse) beneficiary on your retirement plans.
Life insurance is a distinctive vehicle to use in making a planned gift. Naming Westfield State Foundation as a beneficiary assures the donor that an intended amount (or percentage) of money will go to the university. As long as the premium is paid up, the face amount will be paid. Note the difference between term insurance and whole life (universal life is another matter). Insurance can be beneficial to donors with large estates (and trusts) who wish to protect their assets for family and charity.
Adding Value and Impact to your Gift
Gifts in Honor or Memory
Any contribution may be made in honor or memory of a family member, teacher, or friend. Such a tribute is a generous way to recognize another individual’s achievements or role in your life.
Making a Pledge: Timing Your Gift
Pledge payment schedules may be tailored and adjusted to conform to income expectations. You may give higher portions of the total pledge at the beginning of the period or at the end. Westfield State benefits by having the intentions in writing—to plan ahead, to develop accounting support, and to encourage other donors—even if the pledge must be delayed in total fulfillment.
Your Impact Increased
Your gift to the Westfield State Foundation is tax-deductible
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. All gifts should be made to the Westfield State Foundation.
Westfield State’s Advancement Staff—Your Partners in Philanthropy
Staff in Westfield State’s Division of Advancement and University Relations are prepared to answer questions and assist you in determining how to fit your contribution to your own financial and philanthropic objectives. You may also wish to involve your financial advisor in determining which combination of methods best serves your personal goals. For more information please email Bonnie Clark Hanson or call 413-485-7357.