Westfield Bank has announced that The Future Fund, a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to supporting local 501c3 organizations that have a positive impact on the region’s educational, recreational, cultural, and social wellbeing, awarded more than $300,000 to 40+ organizations in western MA and northern CT in 2019.
Grant recipients included the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield; Domus, Inc.; Farmington Valley YMCA; Friends of the Holyoke Soldiers Home; Girls Inc. of the Valley; the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee; Junior Achievement of Southwest New England; Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Spirit of Springfield; and the YMCA of Greater Westfield.
Westfield Bank established The Future Fund in 2002 in response to pressing community needs and shrinking sources of corporate philanthropy. The Future Fund’s primary, but not exclusive, funding priority is to fund projects that benefit children. The Future Fund accepts written applications from organizations with 501c3 status that serve Westfield Bank’s market area, with grants awarded by determination of the Fund’s directors. The deadline to submit 2020 grant applications is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. More information, including guidelines, eligibility rules, and a downloadable grant application form, is online at westfieldbank.com/about/future-fund.
In addition to The Future Fund grants, Westfield Bank contributed over $400,000 to help sponsor community and performing arts events, youth sports teams, fundraisers, and more. The Bank also donated over $500,000 to local organizations via the Chicopee Savings Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of Westfield Bank. In total, Westfield Bank provided over $1.2 million in local and regional philanthropic support in 2019.