Profiles

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

1500 Main Street
Post Office Box 15769
Springfield, Massachusetts 01115
United States

Mission

To enrich the quality of life in our community through encouraging philanthropy, developing permanent endowments, responding to emerging needs, serving as a resource and coordinator for charitable activities and promoting efficiency in management of charitable funds

Most Meaningful Change

We generated excitement around giving through a 24-hour Give Day, increasing awareness of the nonprofits in our region and connecting donors to them.

1990 Year Founded
$103,000,000 Endowment Value
$10,388,917 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 03.21.16

Population Area Served

660,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Address 11500 Main Street
Address 2Post Office Box 15769
City / TownSpringfield
State / RegionMassachusetts
ZIP / Postal Code01115
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)1500 Main Street
Map City / Town (If Different)Springfield
Map State / Region (If Different)Massachusetts
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)01115
Map Country (If Different)United States
Phone413.732.2858
Emailkzobel@communityfoundation.org
Websitewww.communityfoundation.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Katie Zobel, President/CEO
Primary Contact’s NameKatie Zobel
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident & CEO
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1990
Mission StatementTo enrich the quality of life in our community through encouraging philanthropy, developing permanent endowments, responding to emerging needs, serving as a resource and coordinator for charitable activities and promoting efficiency in management of charitable funds
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced660,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)13
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members19
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$8,702,160
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$8,481,579
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$1,694,688
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$10,388,917
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$103,000,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureNot at all
EducationLittle
EnvironmentNot at all
HealthNot at all
Human and social servicesNot at all
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenNot at all
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesRarely
Promote understanding of public policyRarely
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentRarely
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingNever
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsDo not work in this sphere
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityDo not work in this sphere
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsDo not work in this sphere
Networks and links between different parts of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentNot at all
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsWe generated excitement around giving through a 24-hour Give Day, increasing awareness of the nonprofits in our region and connecting donors to them.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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