Cummings Foundation, Inc. (CFI), is a private operating foundation based in Woburn, Massachusetts. Since its establishment in 1986, it has been funded primarily by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA.
Cummings Foundation has grown to become one of the largest charitable foundations in New England, now with just more than $1 billion in net assets, as of December 2012.
The Foundation owns and operates two large not-for-profit and affordable independent and assisted living facilities with abundant activities, gourmet dining, and delightful surroundings. New Horizons at Choate and New Horizons at Marlborough collectively serve more than 500 senior residents.
In 2005, the Foundation finalized a $50 million collaboration with the newly renamed Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Through this innovative partnership, the Foundation offers support and financial resources to help enable the Cummings School to sustain its global reputation for excellence in veterinary medicine.
In 2012, two newly established affiliations of CFI - a grant making foundation and Institute for World Justice (IWJ) - together awarded grants of $100,000 to 70 different organizations. On June 19, 2013, $10 million in grants was announced to 100 local charities. Almost all of these grants were awarded in Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties, in Massachusetts.
Another $1 million will be awarded by IWJ to entities beyond Massachusetts, primarily in Rwanda, plus a few other selected organizations focused on Holocaust and genocide education. In the meantime, Cummings Foundation, as well as Cummings Properties, continue to make substantial other anonymous or unpublicized grants, as they have for decades. Bill and Joyce took their annual trip to Rwanda in August 2013.
Another of Cummings Foundation's charitable initiatives is the McKeown Scholars Program, through which the Foundation has awarded college scholarships annually, since 1996, to high school seniors, currently in Woburn and Winchester Massachusetts. The merit-based program is designed to encourage improvement in citizenship and writing ability among college-bound students. Since 1996, more than $1.5 million in direct scholarship aid has been awarded in nine eastern Massachusetts communities.
The Giving Pledge
In May 2011, Bill and Joyce Cummings joined a new national organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet called "The Giving Pledge." As of May 2013, about 110 prominent people or couples had pledged publicly to donate at least half their assets for philanthropic purposes, either during their lifetimes or upon their deaths. All members either are billionaires or would be if they had not already donated most of their wealth. Many, including the Cummings, have pledged that they will donate (or in the Cummings' case, already have donated) 90 percent or more.
The Giving Pledge does not promote any particular charities or causes, and does not encourage joint or collective contributions. It is also 100 percent non-political, although on July 18, 2011, the Cummings, along with the Gateses, Buffet, and two dozen other Giving Pledge members, did meet in the White House. President Obama chaired the meeting personally for two hours, with considerable discussion on how philanthropists and government agencies might work together to accomplish more of their assets.
One fairly common interest among Giving Pledge members is education, including K - 12 education in public schools. Obviously, our communities and our country become stronger and more competitive when youth are better prepared to thrive in innovative areas with opportunities for growth.
Cummings Foundation's grant-making affiliate became active in 2012. Details about the grant application process are available on the Grant Information section of this website. Please note that all grant requests should be directed through this formal process.
Joseph Abate, M.D.
The Honorable Margot Botsford
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Paul C. Casey
Retired Massachusetts Legislator
Carol A. Donovan
Retired public school teacher and Legislator
Deborah T. Kochevar, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Dean, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Anthony P. Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Tufts University
Richard C. Ockerbloom
Retired president, The Boston Globe
Michael H. Pascavage, AIA
Joyce M. Cummings
Community volunteer (former hospital dietician)
Patricia A. Cummings, Psy.D.
Resident, Psychological Services Center
William S. Cummings
President, Cummings Foundation
Jason Z. Morris, Ph.D.
Associate professor, Fordham University
Marilyn Cummings Morris, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Columbia University
Robert D. O'Connor
Executive director, New Horizons at Marlborough
Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D., Ph.D.
President-in-residence, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Former president, Tufts University
Dennis A. Clarke
President and CEO, Cummings Properties
William F. Grant
CFO, Cummings Properties
Philip C. Kosch, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Former dean, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Officer for Special Projects & International Development
Arlan F. Fuller, Jr., M.D.
Vice president for oncology services, Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care
Joel B. Swets
Executive director, Cummings Foundation
Trustee compensation: With the exception of Charter Trustee Robert O'Connor, who serves as full-time executive director of New Horizons at Marlborough, no trustee receives any compensation for any service provided to Cummings Foundation.
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