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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Will the foundation’s work affect the city’s budget or increase our taxes?

    • No. WFE was created to address local school budget cuts and a decrease in Chapter 90 aid (education funding) by the state.  The WFE Grants Program will be financed through privately raised funds. 

  • What is the history of education foundations?  How many foundations exist in Massachusetts?

    • Since 1978 over 3,000 communities across the country have established educational foundations with similar missions. Together, these organizations have raised millions to improve educational opportunities in their communities. There are more than 45 established education foundations in Massachusetts.

  • How can members of the community help the foundation?

    • Westfield residents concerned with the future of the city’s school system are invited to donate funds or join WFE as an active volunteer.  Contact us at for volunteer opportunities and check the Upcoming Events page for our next fundraiser!

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