Click to view Joyce and Bill Cummings addressing more than 250 people, including staff and board members from 99 recipient organizations, at the $100K for 100 Grantee Reception.
$16 million in local area grants awarded in 2012 and 2013
Cummings Foundation is delighted to support all of the following very worthy organizations, each of which is benefitting from a Foundation grant of $100,000. While some of these grants have been made as single-year awards, many are multi-year awards, with payments spread over two to 10 years.
The Foundation has committed to awarding a total of $20 million in local area grants in 2014. See Grants Program page for detailed info on grants to be made in 2014 in Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.
A Better Chance
To provide academically talented high school students of color with expanded educational and career opportunities.
To support its efforts of fostering respect for human rights and civil rights, driving genuine relations, and promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas between people of all faiths.
Angel Flight New England
To provide free scheduled or emergency air transportation, ensuring patients receive the medical care they need without depleting their financial and emotional resources.
Arlington Boys & Girls Club
To support Project Learn, which provides homework support, technology training, and a college readiness program.
To enhance the organization’s online presence, and to help provide valuable educational and learning opportunities for visitors to the new Armenian Heritage Park in Boston.
Asperger's Association of
To help people with Asperger's Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.
Bay State Reading Institute
To support its Malden School Transformation Project, helping the schools succeed in raising student performance in literacy and across the curriculum.
To support the Food Assistance program, providing critical resources and food for families struggling due to unemployment or underemployment.
To update classroom furniture and materials at this center that provides preschool, afterschool and summer programs for infants through teens.
To support four Beverly Public Schools programs: STEM, environmental conservation education, Summer Success, and 1 to 1 Learning Initiative.
To help fund the addition of three new operating rooms at Beverly Hospital, addressing the area’s growing need for surgical procedures.
Beverly School for the Deaf
To construct an adaptive baseball field, eliminating barriers for students who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired.
To provide birthday parties for homeless children living in shelters, motels, and transitional housing in eastern Massachusetts.
To establish the Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning in honor of the Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic of The Wall Street Journal.
To increase island access by underserved communities through free ferry rides, enhanced outreach, and a new Let's Move Outside program.
Boston Medical Center
To offer cancer screenings, patient navigation services, cancer support groups, complementary and alternative medicine therapies, and cancer treatment.
To support its Transitional Day Program, the only 24-hour drop-in center in Greater Boston designed specifically for high-risk homeless youth who need critical survival services.
To support its Rosewood Drive Day Habilitation Center, helping young adults with autism transition from the education system to fulfilling adult lives.
To help provide a safe, supportive environment for homeless moms and kids while these families pursue self‐sufficiency through education, job training, and employment.
Catholic Charities, Boston
To support its nearly 100 programs and services around eastern Massachusetts that provide social services to thousands of our neediest neighbors of all faiths.
Catholic Charities - North
To benefit the nonsectarian programs and services offered throughout the North Shore via the organization's offices and child care centers in Danvers, Gloucester, Lynn, Peabody, and Salem.
Change is Simple
To bring environmental education to 12 public elementary schools in Beverly and Salem, impacting more than 5,000 students and their parents.
To provide mental health services for 50 low-income students through case management and individual and group counseling sessions.
To sustain eight apartments that provide free housing and a community of support when families travel to Boston for advanced medical care.
To support Expanded Learning Time at five Boston middle schools, extending the learning day with academics and youth development.
Commonwealth Corporation FDN
To fund YouthWorks Plus, helping teens gain experience in the healthcare and financial services industries through subsidized job opportunities.
To support the serving of medically tailored meals to 300 critically ill clients, their dependents, and caregivers in eastern Middlesex County.
To support the Massachusetts launch of this project, founded by Ellen Goodman, that encourages the sharing of end-of-life wishes to create a more humane experience for the dying and their loved ones.
To integrate new technology, such as laptops and iPads, into the curriculum, providing students with varied learning channels through which they can excel.
The Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Study provides funding for an ongoing program at Tufts University. It funds student travel there, visiting speakers, and special research.
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
To support its Stem Cell Consortium through which researchers will develop, study, and maintain Alzheimer’s neurons that will be used to screen for new drugs.
Cure Diabetes Now
To fund a phase II clinical trial of an inexpensive generic drug aimed at putting advanced type 1 diabetes into remission with greater efficacy for longer periods of time.
To support the Improving Schools Initiative, which aims to improve the advancement trajectory of three Boston schools.
To support an Educational Transition Program, helping students with developmental disabilities navigate the transition out of the school system.
To help develop an interdisciplinary program in Middle East Studies and an Arabic Foreign Language Certificate as part of its Global Studies and International Affairs Program.
To support its Stand Up anti-bullying program and fund a delegation of emerging female leaders from New England to attend The Women2Women International Leadership Conference.
To help fund construction of a new, state-of-the-art facility that will support its expanded Entrepreneurship Center and its rapidly growing biotech/life sciences program in Beverly.
To help fund the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, providing local nonprofits with workshops, consultation services, and more.
To provide educational and work opportunities for under-engaged youth, while preserving the natural resources of Essex County.
To help nurture democracy and combat racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice through educational programs, including the June 2012 Holocaust Remembrance Project.
To increase its capacity to provide in-house services for children and families with intensive therapeutic needs, who are referred through childcare centers participating in its Strong Start program.
To provide medical and behavioral healthcare to LGBTQ youth, homeless youth, and those struggling with substance abuse, gangs, or other difficult conditions.
To expand its program to secure permanent housing for the long-term homeless by upgrading its website and hiring a new development coordinator.
To support its mission of preventing depression in new mothers under the age of 21 by providing weekly intensive in-home therapeutic services.
Supporting the efforts of GLAD to help breakdown homophobic prejudges and bigotry whenever it occurs, and end discrimination of any sort based on sexual orientation.
To support its services for girls and young women who have been sexually exploited, including clinical therapy, academic education, support groups, mentoring, and creative activities.
To help provide fun activities and friendship for Woburn area people with physical and mental challenges, as well as a respite for their families and caregivers.
To support its exhibits and programs that promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional, and social impact.
To help fund its new, state-of-the-art Comprehensive Breast Center, which will provide residents of Boston's northern suburbs with ready access to the most advanced care for breast disease.
To support the research of Arlan Fuller, Jr., which explores how Roma (Gypsy) youth in Serbia, Romania, and Italy experience exclusion, and also identifies mechanisms for change.
To provide services for victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, counseling, emergency shelter, and a trauma recovery program.
To assist pregnant women and families with young children in need, providing maternity clothing, children’s necessities, occasional utility payments, and food.
To support its Healthy Housing for Seniors program, which seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare for frail elders living in subsidized senior housing.
Home for Little Wanderers
To support Roxbury Village, a new program that provides former foster youth with safe, stable housing and the necessary support to become self-sufficient adults.
To help fund the Boston area's only pediatric hospice and palliative care program, enriching quality of life while managing pain and symptoms.
Hyde Square Task Force
To support a multi-year program that helps at-risk, under-performing teens from Jamaica Plain and Roxbury develop college success skills.
Inner City Scholarship
To provide financial assistance to Boston area students of all faiths attending Catholic elementary and secondary schools, helping to ensure the accessibility of a quality education.
To benefit its Inclusion and Integration Project, which will educate its large network of clients, students, partners, and supporters from all countries on the value of diversity and inclusion.
Italian Home for Children
To provide residential and day treatment services for children 4-18 years of age who have significant emotional and behavioral disorders.
Lahey Clinic Foundation
To help fund a 30,000-square-foot expansion of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Emergency Department, which serves 38,000 patients annually.
Lawrence Beyond Soccer
To engage youth through soccer, exposing them to new experiences, building confidence, and creating leadership, wellness, and academic opportunities.
To support the Opening Doors Program, helping children affected by poverty access excellent secondary schools, higher education, and a successful future.
To help individuals living in poverty become self-sufficient, productive members of the community through education and job training.
LGBT Aging Project
To fund education and outreach for LGBT older adults, caregivers, and elder service providers, to help the LGBT population age with dignity and respect.
Lowell Alternative House
To provide emergency shelter and transitional housing programs for women and children experiencing domestic violence.
To teach individuals from diverse refugee and immigrant communities how to navigate the healthcare system, maximizing their overall well being.
To support this daytime outreach drop-in center that offers a soup kitchen, educational support, and more to anyone in need.
Lowell Wish Project
To hire a resource manager to expand its efforts to supply furniture, clothing, baby gear, and home goods to more than 36,000 local people in need each year.
To facilitate the distribution of perishable foods from markets and restaurants to shelters, soup kitchens, and other meal assistance programs.
To educate the public about adoption from foster care and to recruit adoptive parents for "harder-to-place" foster children.
To help fund the Keep Kids In Class program, using a parent guide and conference to share best practices for keeping youth in school and out of prison.
To create a video library for students and educators, develop new labs, and implement BioTeach in more Middlesex County schools.
To support Room to Breathe, creating safer homes for children with asthma from low-income families, thereby reducing hospital visits and school absences.
To help fund a new senior center providing new opportunities through a Library and Computer Learning Center and hot meal program.
To help fund construction of a state-of-the-art Cancer Pavilion, bringing all of the hospital's cancer services together under one roof to provide comprehensive care and treatment.
Boys & Girls Clubs
To replace and upgrade computer stations at the Marlborough Clubhouse, which serves about 50 members daily, many of whom do not have computers at home.
To fund ongoing sports training, competitions, and "School-Day Games" for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities in Middlesex County.
Estate Land Trust
To support the renovation of the historic Shepherd Brooks Manor, to be used for community meetings, outdoor activities, and event space.
To help end homelessness by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing to homeless families through the Medford Family Life Education Center.
Merrimack Valley Hospice
To add seven suites, eliminating its waiting list and allowing for comprehensive end-of-life care for all area patients in need.
To reconstruct the Middlesex Canal Towpath in Woburn and connect it to pedestrian outlets at Alfred Street and School Street, providing a recreational path for Woburn area residents.
Mission of Deeds
To help provide more needy families in Middlesex and Essex counties with beds, furniture, and basic household items, free of charge and with a minimal waiting period.
Minuteman Senior Services
To help seniors and people with disabilities live in the setting of their choice through caregiver support, Meals on Wheels, Elder Protective Services, and more.
Montserrat College of Art
To develop a much needed new website and other tools to increase functionality and enhance relations with students and their families, community members, and potential supporters.
Museum of Fine Arts
To support the exhibition Ori Gersht: History Repeating, a survey of the artist's work, which serves to promote intercultural understanding and discussions about anti-Semitism in the past and present.
Museum of Science
To help underwrite the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition, bringing its ancient artifacts to Boston and helping visitors understand the divisions and inequalities that still echo in modern society.
To support Project Reach, which includes needs identification, outreach, programs, and services targeted to a growing population of diverse and marginalized elders in the region.
To support Crisis Intervention and Diversion, preventing the unnecessary arrest, detention, and incarceration of those living with mental illness.
Nativity Preparatory School
To help expand its classroom offerings to include fourth grade, enabling this nonsectarian catholic school to have a more significant effect on each student’s learning experience.
NEADS/Dogs for Deaf &
To train assistance dogs that help those who are deaf, physically disabled, or on the autism spectrum live more independently.
Neighbors Who Care
To help fund outreach services to assist underserved homebound elderly and chronically ill adults without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.
New Communities Services
To help fund Norfolk Street Housing, a shared living environment with support services that help people who are elderly or disabled live independently.
To support the most urgent needs of this two-year, public college, offering programs leading to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees as well as one-year certificates.
To provide mediation services and training to members of the community, courts, municipalities, schools, and social services agencies in Essex County.
North Shore InnoVentures
To purchase new laboratory equipment for its business incubator program, providing startup companies with offices, lab facilities, and an ecosystem of support.
To construct an outdoor play space for medically fragile or severely developmentally impaired students.
To support Tech Goes Home, providing low-income families with a new netbook or mobile device, classroom training, and access to low-cost home Internet.
Pine Street Inn
To help homeless US Veterans and low-income individuals who have served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces access resources for housing, employment, and community services.
To support a one-time building expansion project to expand the children's daycare facility by 25 percent and increase the program's enrollment capacity.
Programs for People
To provide day treatment and employment services to low-income adults who are recovering from serious mental illness.
To support its work with residents and local organizations, aiming to reduce crime and violence within the Grove Hall neighborhood of Roxbury/North Dorchester.
To establish an Institute for Global Connections as a "home base" for both new and existing international programs for students, faculty, and alumni.
To bring the “SMARTS" peer mentoring program to Malden High School, helping students with learning and attention differences learn how to learn.
Royall House Association
To strengthen educational programs for third and fifth graders, and to preserve the historic Medford mansion and adjacent slave quarters.
Salem State University
To help establish the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which will increase access to related educational resources and connect with area survivors of genocide.
To help fund its 24/7 befriending services, through which highly trained volunteers offer emotional support, via phone and Internet, to those at risk of suicide.
To provide access to assistive technology, increasing the self-sufficiency of 160 residents of its homes for people with significant disabilities.
Sisters of the
To provide professional mental health counseling to all who need it, regardless of ability to pay, through Maria Droste Services.
Social Capital Inc.
To help train teen leaders, expand the WorldFest Multicultural Leadership Program, develop an online guide and training program, and pilot a Social Capitalist Fellows program.
To engage Boston youth of color in leadership opportunities, empowering them to tackle issues of importance, and cultivating their community-organizing skills.
Solutions for Living
To support a pilot program that helps its students explore their multicultural roots and discuss with their families issues of prejudice, discrimination, and racism.
Spaulding Hospital Salem
To help fund its adaptive sports and recreation program, enhancing the independence, physical health, and emotional well-being of people with disabilities.
Stoneham Boys &
To support the renovation of the historic Shepherd Brooks Manor, to be used for community meetings, outdoor activities, and event space.
Stoneham – Children’s
A collaboration of five community groups working to improve resources for Stoneham children by constructing a playground, offering music lessons, creating a public garden, and more.
To support the Young Company Education Program by creating an administrative position that will allow the theatre to serve more children.
To improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by drafting them onto college athletic teams for the duration of their treatment and beyond.
The Children’s Room
To expand peer support, educational outreach, collaborations with communities, and other services offered to grieving children, teens, and families after a catastrophic loss.
The City School
To fund the Summer Leadership Program, bringing together a diverse group of 75+ high school age youth for community and classroom learning.
The Community Family
To fund its three adult day health centers, expanding activity programs, including a senior exercise program, arts and music, monthly outings, and computer training.
The Greater Boston
To support the End Hunger Here initiative, aiming to provide emergency food for every person in need in eastern Massachusetts.
The One Fund
To assist the victims and families most seriously affected by the tragic bombings during the 2013 Boston Marathon.
To develop a plan to provide better early intervention care through collaboration among healthcare providers, community organizations, and others who work with children.
Tufts Cummings School
of Veterinary Medicine
To help fund a recognized leader for the school's signature International Veterinary Medicine program, part of a comprehensive global health network across Tufts University.
To increase the size of the office staff, upgrade computer and A/V equipment, develop a comprehensive membership, course planning, and registration database, and introduce new audiences to the program.
To support the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education, which hopes to teach a new generation the importance of moral action in the face of persecution and oppression.
United Way of Mass Bay
To support Project BOOST, which works with struggling youth in four specially identified underperforming middle schools to create emotionally safe environments and increase graduation rates.
To support the services offered by the Boston Living Center, including free programs in prevention, education, and nutrition for people living with HIV/AIDS.
To help improve the fitness and self-esteem of people with disabilities by making adventure-type activities, such as rock climbing and ropes courses, more accessible.
Wediko Children’s Services
To support the Complex Trauma Resolution initiative, developing family-integrated responses to violence, neglect, and loss that meet the needs of victims and their children.
Wilmington Youth Soccer
To help fund TOPSoccer, a special needs athletic program helping Wilmington area kids with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges develop social and gross motor skills.
To create a self-sustaining development program and hire a new director of development for effective community outreach in Winchester and neighboring communities.
To support a capital program to renovate and restore Winchester's athletic fields, providing the community and its athletic teams with safe, adequate, and accessible facilities.
To help fund the restoration of the historic Sanborn House, making it accessible to the community for public and private meetings, lectures, exhibits, and events.
To benefit a variety of areas, including its new Ambulatory Services Center, patient services at its Center for Cancer Care, and nursing education and scholarships.
To help fund a new executive director position, which will enable the organization to sustain and expand its programming, which promotes the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity.
Winchester Peace &
To extend awareness of peace and justice through service learning, help for those in need, and educational programming.
To renovate and refurbish the interior of the 35-year-old original Jenks building, including ceiling and floor replacements, painting, air conditioning upgrades, and more.
To help serve those in need through its food pantry, children's center, family childcare system, parenting education program, and supervised visitation program.
To help fund a wellness center for low-income families, meeting the complex needs of vulnerable populations.
Woburn - HILL
To increase youth literacy rates by adding a facilitator to support high-risk schools, increase the number of students reached, and lead a cross-district peer network.
Woburn Historical Society
To support the planning, production, and promotion of programs and exhibits that inform and educate the citizens of Woburn about their city’s history and rich heritage.
To expand the It Takes a Village program to serve Watertown and Roxbury, helping elderly people facing cognitive challenges remain engaged in living.
Woburn May Institute
To expand its pre-vocational and vocational skill development and jobs program for students ages 12-22 with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Woburn Police Department
To aid in preventative law enforcement through the purchase of three special digital license plate readers for deployment in patrol vehicles.
To expand its internship program through which at-risk minority teens work with developmentally disabled adults.
To purchase staff computers, student laptops, a computer cart, and computer lab equipment upgrades for pre-school through 8th grade classrooms.
Woburn St. Vincent
To offer long-term lifestyle improvement services, such as finance management, job training, and job search assistance, to people in need.
To help fund individualized support services and care at Warren House, allowing survivors of brain injury to live more independently in a home-like atmosphere.
Woburn VNA Hospice Care
To help further its mission to provide comprehensive care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of life-limiting illness and loss.
Woburn (North Suburban)
To further its mission to connect people of all backgrounds, and to provide scholarships, childcare, and programs for healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development.
To fund ongoing sports training, competitions, and "School-Day Games" for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Middlesex County.
Women’s Lunch Place
To provide meals and daily services, including medical care, showers, laundry, and creative activities for low-income and homeless women.
To fund its weeklong Farm-based Education Programs, designed to acquaint elementary school children with where their food comes from and what it takes to raise it.
To support Transitional Living, a program designed to help young adults who are aging out of state custody learn skills to transition into independent and productive lives.
Cancer Research Fund
To identify novel targets to inhibit the spread of the most common form of pancreatic cancer, with the hope of translating this research into clinical trials in patients.
Zoo New England
Boston & Stoneham
To help expand cultural participation in its zoos with free and discounted days, community pass programs, cultural activities, and more user-friendly signage and promotional materials.
Woburn Police receive $100,000 from Cummings Foundation
May 10, 2013
Cummings Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the Woburn Police Department through its “$100K for 100” grants program.
The funds, to be paid over two years, will allow the Department to purchase three of the special new license plate reading systems for deployment in patrol vehicles, providing an exponentially more efficient process than the one currently used.
Dennis Clarke, president and CEO of Cummings Properties, noted, “Almost all funding for the Foundation comes from the real estate side of the organization. The Foundation feels strongly about giving back to the areas that were the original source of its funds.”
Cummings Foundation pledges $100,000 to The One Fund
April 17, 2013
Cummings Foundation is pleased to recognize the leadership of John Hancock Financial Services and several Boston philanthropists in providing funding to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The foundation wishes to join this effort with an immediate pledge of $100,000 to The One Fund, in honor of Marc Fucarile of Stoneham, who was seriously injured in one of the blasts.
Marc, 34, is the son of Ed Fucarile, a longtime staff member at the Foundation's for-profit affiliate, Cummings Properties, LLC.
Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation, said, "The entire Cummings organization is keeping the Fucarile family, along with all the other families affected by this horrific event, in our thoughts and prayers. We are honored to support these innocent victims by contributing to The One Fund."
Institute for World Justice
National and International Grant RecipientsGrants focused nationally or internationally are made through Institute for World Justice, which is wholly funded by Cummings Foundation. This affiliate also funds Holocaust and genocide education projects that fall outside of the Foundation's priority area of eastern Massachusetts. It is expected that Institute for World Justice will initially direct its international philanthropy almost exclusively toward Rwandan entities and others with which it already has relationships.
To support its professional skills program, designed to provide students, many of them orphans of the Rwandan genocide, with the tools they need to enter the job market after they graduate and leave the Village.
To help underwrite the cost of an environmentally friendly steam boiler, to be used to provide needy schoolchildren in India with healthy midday meals, often their only meal of the day.
To provide advanced medical technologies, cardiac care, and educational and ancillary activities related to cardiac care to indigent patients in Ethiopia.
To collaborate with Partners In Health to construct a much-needed National Cancer Infusion Center in Burera District to address Rwanda’s rising incidence of cancer.
To fund four years of education for one student at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the landmark Ph.D. program in the emerging field of genocide studies.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
To help fund the creation of the “Peacemaking After Genocide” mobile exhibition, as well as the training for staff and teachers, and the delivery of the program in rural areas of Rwanda.
To support Partners In Health’s food security program, designed to combat chronic malnutrition, one of Rwanda’s most vexing development challenges.
San Francisco Lesbian/
Gay Freedom Band
San Francisco, California
To increase organizational sustainability in the efforts toward fulfilling its mission to promote understanding among diverse communities through public music performance in greater San Francisco.
Tufts Cummings School
of Veterinary Medicine
To establish an ambulatory clinic in Rwanda with on-site diagnostic capability and professional development for veterinarians and para-veterinarians.
To create a dental clinic at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, supporting the integration of oral health into the overall health system and addressing the oral health needs in the community.
United States Holocaust
To support the Fellowship Program for the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, offering scholars access to more than 60 million pages of Holocaust-related archival documentation.
United to End Genocide
To help fund two genocide prevention programs: the STAND student movement and the End Genocide Network, made up of diverse community leaders.
To support the Eliezer Ayalon Memorial Fund, contributing to the continuing education program for guides from Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies.
Yadah - In Unum
To support Father Patrick Desbois' work to better understand the genocide of the Roma (Gypsies) during World War II through interviewing eyewitnesses and locating mass graves.
Cummings Foundation's largest single commitment to date was $50 million to what is now the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Through its annual grants program, the Foundation has awarded grants of $100,000 each to 100 greater Boston nonprofits each June. In 2014, it will make local area awards totaling $20 million, and additional international grants of perhaps an additional $3 million total.