Make a Gift

The Westfield Fund supports scholarship assistance, student grants and faculty development, facilities upgrades, athletics, library acquisitions, financial aid, and so much more.

The good news is it does not take a large donation to make a difference. Please consider making your gift today by completing the form below. Please click here if you wish to set up recurring payments for your gift.

Alumni, parents, friends and others have supported the mission of Westfield State since our founding in 1839. For over 175 years, support from sources other than tuition, fees, and room and board has sustained our University and has helped us transform lives. In fact, it was a donation of $10,000 that first established our school back in the 19th Century because it was believed higher education was important and critical to our young nation. Your support today harkens back to that generosity and is even more essential in the 21st Century.

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.

You may make your online gift using the form below or scroll down further to learn of all the ways you can contribute to Westfield State. We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Ways to Give

Cash/Outright Gifts

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 Giving (see form above)
  • Mail a check (be sure to include your name and phone number) to Westfield State Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1630, Westfield, MA 01086-1630
  • Call 413-572-8489

Appreciated Securities

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.

Matching Gifts

Many public and private companies match their employees’ contributions to higher education. You might double or even triple the value of your gift to Westfield State. 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

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.