Help victims of Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey

The Boston Foundation has teamed up with The Latino Legacy Fund to collect and distribute funds to aid efforts to relieve victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The money raised will be invested in three areas: disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding and capacity building for NGO’s in Massachusetts, as a substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout the Commonwealth is expected in the months ahead. Up to one-third will be immediately distributed for relief efforts, and another third will be deployed over two years to support reconstruction and economic recovery projects that are sustainable in the long term. The final third will support resettlement efforts in the Commonwealth. Make a donation here.
The Council On Foundations is directing relief effort donations for those affected by Hurricane Maria (including in Puerto Rico) here.
The Miami Foundation has compiled a list of several organizations accepting donations that will directly benefit relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma. Click here to find out how you can help.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation has established a relief fund for citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Click here to find out more and make a donation.

Valley Gives 2018 Date Set!

May 1, 2018 will be Valley Gives Day!
Registration will begin in early January.
If you are a representative of an organization that is interested in participating and you would like to receive notifications, please complete this form. This is the best way to ensure your organization does not miss a deadline for participation.

Art Stop(s) exhibit now open

CFWM was one of five gallery openings on the Springfield Cultural District's Art Stop(s) circuit Aug. 2. CFWM's exhibit by local artist Amanda Tobin is available to view during regular business hours through October.

Where to park

CFWM has moved to 333 Bridge St. and we have new parking options for our visitors. Please check the Parking information for guest parking.


Capital Grants Application is Now Closed

This competitive grants program awards support for capital projects or capital campaigns. There is a total of $240,000 available for Capital Grants, with a potential $100,000 for capital campaigns.

Thank you for your application, you will be notified of decisions in December.

Nonprofit Workforce survey results are in

CFWM partnered with TSNE MissionWorks for a 2017 survey Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce and Benefits, which includes Southern New England, Westchester County, and surrounding areas. 

This report is the only multi-state survey of its kind in Southern New England based on data from a range of small-to-mid-sized nonprofits, and with job descriptions specific to our regional nonprofit sector. The survey found that there continues to be gender equity gaps in nonprofit compensation structures, along with findings that indicate a lack of diversity in the sectors’ senior leadership roles as well as in the mid-level managerial roles, that often provide pipelines to identify and develop staff to move into leadership positions.


Capacity Grants Application is Now Closed

The Capacity Grant program funds activities that help organizations be more effective  by investing in internal improvements that in turn enhance their capacity.

Thank you for your application, you will be notified of decisions in December.


CFWM awards $768,500 in Mission Grants for 45 projects across the Pioneer Valley

Art Garden President Jane Wegscheider and board member Laura Iveson accepted a grant for $15,000 from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The funds support ARTeens and an afterschool teen art program in Franklin County. This is the largest grant the organization has received to date.

SPRINGFIELD – The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) has awarded $768,500 through its Mission Grant program supporting 45 Pioneer Valley projects.  The grant awards range from $2,500-$25,000 and address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing, economic development, and human services for residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Grants support existing programs and new programs that promote the mission of a local nonprofit.

These grants are made possible by endowment funds within the Community Foundation. These funds have been established over the past 26 years by philanthropic individuals, organizations and businesses for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties. Over 30 of the projects funded were supported by trusts administered by Bank of America. Community volunteers review grant applications and select recipients.

“I never fail to be impressed by the types of projects we see, and the talent and commitment of the nonprofit organizations doing important work to enhance our community,” said CFWM Trustee Vice Chair and Chair of the Distribution Committee Elizabeth Sillin. “It’s a pleasure to be part of the CFWM volunteer group that is determining how best to support the remarkable work happening around us. All of us at the Community Foundation are proud to help make such positive change in our region.”

This year’s awards will fund projects ranging from arts education to food services and environmental programs. 

Grant Award Totals by County:                                                                   

Hampden                            $513,100
Hampshire                          $142,900
Franklin                               $112,500
Total                                      $768,500