Westfield State Foundation, Inc.

The Westfield State Foundation was established in 1980 as a public-private partnership for raising funds to support Westfield State University.


This goal is just as relevant today as it was 35 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 through vehicles like planned giving.

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.

Our Mission

The work of the Westfield State Foundation is to connect donors to the University for student scholarship, faculty support and facility needs. To keep that mission current in a rapidly changing world, the Foundation is launching new programs to increase opportunities for engagement with the community; to expand our international educational opportunities; to strengthen our interdisciplinary and cross-curricular initiatives; and to make our students' educational experience even more responsive to state economic and workforce development needs through critical internship initiatives.

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.