Blanche M. and George L. Watts were long-time Mountainside, New Jersey residents. Mrs. Watts was a school teacher and Mr. Watts was employed by Western Electric. When they passed, the Watts Mountainside Community Foundation was created to aid organizations delivering services to Mountainside residents, whether based in Mountainside or beyond.
Patterned after a community foundation, the Watts Foundation solicits grant requests and funds initiatives that support a wide range of community needs—from providing local students with scholarship assistance and helping the school district fund important educational programs to supporting charitable organizations and volunteer-run departments that benefit the citizens of Mountainside.
The Foundation was initially funded in June 2005 with approximately $3.5 million. Since its inception, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $1.5 million, and now annually grants over $200,0000.