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View link to Flickr photos and video from the $100K for 100 Grantee Reception, held June 2, 2014 at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

2014 Grant Recipients

Each year, Cummings Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits. This $10 million in funding supports a diverse range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice. The Foundation greatly appreciates the admirable work of these organizations to improve the lives of people in their communities.

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To support after-school programs, as well as life skills-building activities in home and working farm environments, for young people with disabilities.


To expand its program for young adults who are severely impaired by Autism, helping them continue to develop skills and live as independently as possible.


To provide more than 500 at-risk and mentally ill youth with a healing multi-arts immersion experience in a community environment where they are celebrated and welcomed.

To fund a summer learning-loss-prevention program in an effort to reduce the achievement gap among low-income elementary students.

To serve vulnerable children and families throughout Essex County who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, and behavioral disorders.

To support the Adult Protective Services program to help abused and neglected elders remain safely and with optimum health in the settings of their choice.

To engage local community members and inspire the stewardship of shared natural resources by showcasing international environmental research.


To empower youth in foster care through committed long-term mentoring and, for those aging out of foster care, the development of essential life skills.

To support a mentoring program that pairs Boston high school students with volunteers who advise and advocate for them, helping students expand their horizons.

To help fund the Youth Arts Enterprise program, which provides 250 low-income Boston teens with paid employment, art education, business training, and more.

To support employment training and job placement for low-income immigrant clients from more than 80 countries who reside in the Boston Metro area.

To help more than 2,600 girls achieve educational success and reach their full potential through gender-specific one-on-one mentoring.

To provide more of Boston's foster children with volunteer guardians ad litem who will promote and advocate for their best interests.

To expand academic debate in Boston Public Schools, providing engaging education opportunities that help students graduate prepared for success.

To support the Summer Scholars Program, providing 190 high-need students in grades 2-8 with full participation in a rigorous five-week academic summer program.

To provide a free inclusive recreational program for low-income families so children with and without disabilities can learn and play as equals.

To help fund programs that provide jobs, as well as skills and leadership development, for urban youth and soon-to-be-released incarcerated men.

To support Culinary Pathways, a workforce development and youth development program that prepares urban low-income youth for careers in the food service industry.

To help low-income immigrants overcome obstacles to health care through free legal representation, advocacy, and education.

To support its skills training programs, providing low-income adults with critical pathways to "middle-skill" jobs through geriatric CNA and pharmacy technician training.

To support STEM education programs and teacher professional development focused on nature discovery and outdoor explorations for low-income preschool children.

To help prevent child sexual abuse in Middlesex County by providing training and technical assistance to community leaders, parents, schools, and youth-serving organizations.

To reach 800 low-income families, engaging parents in their children’s development with the goal of achieving improved outcomes in school readiness and family stability.

To support its food programs, which provide groceries and serve nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to poor and homeless women and their children.

To provide basic and rehabilitation services, such as housing and nutritious meals, to help homeless adults establish lives independent of shelters and institutions.

To provide academic and college-readiness services to underserved students from middle school through college graduation.

To help provide life-saving "gap" medical care, health education, and advocacy to 2,500 homeless or marginally housed women and their children.


To triple the number of low-income children receiving basic necessities through its programs and to launch a social enterprise for potential future revenue.


To improve academic achievement, combat obesity, and encourage positive life choices in Boston youth through the sport of rowing.


To help fund a Mobile Command Unit facilitating greater effectiveness in the management of critical police incidents where the lives and safety of people are at stake.


To expand its successful summer and after-school academic programming, preparing low-income middle and high school students for four-year college.

Technology for All

To provide its diverse student population with access to technology that will enhance learning and support academic success.

To assist young adults with psychiatric conditions in managing their mental and physical health and improving their quality of life.


To support restorative justice options in Middlesex County, providing space where crime victims are heard, offenders take responsibility, and community members offer support.

To expand its food distribution program to Head Start centers in Lowell, and to add program management and development capabilities to its operations.


To prevent isolation, foster psychosocial well being, and improve the quality of life for the underserved deaf/blind elder population of Essex County.

To help renovate the ArcWorks Community Art Center, increasing its handicap accessibility and making new work opportunities available for people with disabilities.


To complete VISION 2015, a plan to increase college access and success for 1,000 vulnerable and underrepresented students and families by 2015.

To enhance its ability to provide first-rate primary care health coverage to residents of Boston, and in particular, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

To partner with Boston Public Health Commission to provide empowerment and health education programs to reduce Chlamydia among girls aged 15 to 18.

To accommodate the increasing demand for low-cost beginning English lessons for people of all faiths by adding new classes.

East Boston

To support effective programming and initiatives, including the FoodSource Hotline, SNAP assistance, and Chefs in Schools, that aim to eradicate hunger locally.


To expand the Schoolyard Garden Program from elementary to secondary schools, providing students with hands-on experiences growing and eating fresh vegetables.

To improve the health and lives of struggling Cape Ann families by connecting them to good food through a Food Pantry, Community Meals, and Mobile Market.

To support the Adult Education and Job Training programs, helping low-income adults from North Shore communities prepare for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.

Hyde Park

To support the Youth Builders After-School and Summer Program, helping at-risk immigrant youth develop skills, attitudes, and support systems to achieve success.


To support the Community Day Fellows program, which provides academic support to children while preparing aspiring educators to be successful in urban classrooms.

To support educational programming at this free-tuition independent school that provides a transformative education for girls from Lawrence.

To support Stand & Deliver, which provides weekly one-on-one academic mentoring to 120 underserved students in grades 7 through 12.

To support the development of schoolyard gardening and urban ecology curriculum for Lawrence youth in pre-K and grade 1 classrooms.

To provide academic support, leadership development, mentoring, and creative arts programming to low- and moderate-income youth.

Summer Academy

To support a five-week summer program that provides in-depth educational and cultural enrichment for underserved communities.


To provide intensive workforce training, job placement services, wrap-around resources, and long-term coaching for homeless and at-risk parents.

To subsidize the supplemental services program, which provides vocational and recreational opportunities for students with special needs.

To expand the reach of its educational and community programming, which offers a variety of enriching musical experiences each year.


To support two full-time positions, director of operations and volunteer and membership coordinator, to increase its capacity to manage organizational growth.

To support the Food Distribution program, which provides nutritious foods to low-income households that are struggling to buy food due to limited resources.

To support Project Genesis, a comprehensive series of training seminars offered to prepare first-time homebuyers for the complicated and emotional buying process.

To increase food access, as well as resident engagement in decreasing crime and urban blight, through the Urban Farm Initiatives.


To provide legal advocacy in immigration, education and health matters to parentless children from Guatemala who have resettled in Lynn.

To expand the Mobile Mental Health project, which serves vulnerable and isolated elders and adults with disabilities who are struggling with mental health issues.

To expand urgently needed behavioral health services for an underserved community, reaching an additional 527 patients annually.

To help fund the Talent and Purpose program, which offers 40 paid positions, and Project Launch, which provides one-on-one college access preparation for teens.


To support the development and implementation of an afterschool STEM program in the Medford and Malden public housing developments.


To fund an additional staff member, allowing the Club to increase the number of youth it serves as well as improve its educational programming for all members.

Krystle Campbell
Peace Garden

To contribute to the cost of creating a Peace Garden in Medford Square that honors the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Medford Council on Aging

To improve and increase the support provided to Medford senior citizens through social opportunities and events, a new park, and a computer-based management system.


To provide training and data support to the 12 Domestic Violence High Risk Teams in Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties.

North Andover

To support its health sciences expansion project, which is a platform for academic opportunity, community and industry partnerships, and institutional growth.

To support an equine-assisted program that helps individuals with disabilities and youth at risk improve their capabilities, learning skills, and confidence.


To build trust and reduce stereotypes that exist between at-risk teenagers and local patrol officers, in an effort to reduce crime and other negative interactions.


To meet the increasing needs of students and families by renewing its disability awareness curriculum and expanding its programming to neighboring communities.


To expand services from 6 to 18 schools, increasing access to evidence-based mental healthcare treatments for underserved Boston children.


To replicate its high-impact after-school writing and tutoring program to reach an additional 150 underserved students in Roxbury and Dorchester.

To provide counseling and support to at-risk individuals, addressing the underlying causes of delinquency, aggression, and violence.

To provide materials, such as daily lunch, backpacks, water bottles, and T-shirts, for the more than 1,000 youth that participate in the Junior Police Academy summer program.

To amplify the impact of its social enterprise, Bakery Café, which uses food as a vehicle to help alleviate suffering, build new skills, and serve the disenfranchised.

To support workforce development programs, helping individuals with disabilities and other barriers to self-sufficiency develop skills and find employment.

To transform its data management system, allowing it to better develop and provide family support solutions for homelessness and poverty.

To strengthen its program that provides Boston and Lawrence youth with academic, fitness, and community service activities, as well as college counseling.

The Center for
Teen Empowerment

To support employing low-income youth as leaders of events and initiatives to address pressing community issues such as violence and substance abuse.

To train and engage youth in educating peers about critical health issues through performances, workshops, outreach, media, and online activities.


To support Count Me In!, which provides expert inclusion resources so children with disabilities can actively participate in afterschool enrichment.

To support Lifebridge in its mission of ending homelessness and helping those in need across the North Shore through housing and supportive services.


To purchase a badly needed HVAC system, providing a safer and more comfortable living environment for the elderly residents of The Pavilion.

South Boston

To support its Adult Services and Children's Services programs, with the goal of stopping the never-ending chain of indigence for families so they can thrive.

To support out-of-school-time educational opportunities for Boston youth who have limited access to activities that help to reduce the academic achievement gap.


To enable its students to participate in adventure-based programs that improve physical well-being, fitness, social skills, and behavior.


To support the Early Stage Empowerment Program, reaching people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease to improve the quality of their lives.

To strengthen its outreach exhibits and on-site programs, including lectures, events, and a film series, related to the Armenian genocide and other genocides.


To help fund the construction of bathroom facilities that will support outdoor recreational, environmental, and educational programs.


To support people with disabilities and their families and caregivers through professional advocacy support as well as a range of services crucial to success.

To enhance the quality of life and safety of residents and visitors through community outreach and traffic safety programs.


Winchester Coalition for
a Safer Community

To provide critical prevention programs to deter adolescents from engaging in drug and alcohol abuse and other harmful behaviors.

To support the expansion of health, social, nutritional, financial, and transportation services, as well as communication to Winchester seniors.


To provide English language instruction to low-income immigrants and refugees through conversation groups and one-on-one tutoring.

To support its Hospital Equipment Loan Program, which provides medical equipment on a temporary basis to those in need of assistance.

To fund programs that address the needs of women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment or transitioning into survivorship.

To provide in-school coaching and leadership training for teachers at socioeconomically diverse primary and secondary schools.

Woburn Police Department
Video Technology Project

To provide technology that will enhance its capability to ensure the safety and security of public schools, buildings, and key roadways and intersections.


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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."


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.

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