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Impact Reports

Cummings Foundation is very interested in learning about the activities being supported by its grant funding. Accordingly, it asks each grant recipient to complete an annual Impact Report via an online grants management system. This report is required for an organization to be eligible for future installments of current grants as well as future grants from Cummings Foundation.

Impact Reports for the $100K for 100 program are due each March 31 during the grant term. The Foundation will email grantees a link to the report in mid-December. Grant recipients who do not receive this email by the end of December should contact the Foundation (after first checking their spam folders for an email from an “@cummings.com” address).

Recipients of Major Grants may be on a different reporting schedule and should view their Grant Agreements for details.

For planning purposes, the Impact Report questions are listed below. Please note, however, that neither hard copies nor email submissions of the Impact Report can be accepted as compliant.

As always, Cummings Foundation staff members are readily available to answer any questions you have.

Site Visits

During the final year of each recipient’s grant term, Cummings Foundation volunteers will schedule a time to visit the nonprofit and see firsthand how the grant has impacted the organization. The Site Visits Committee is made up of community leaders from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, many of whom have previously served on $100K for 100 Grant Selection Committees. These volunteers found it incredibly rewarding to be involved in choosing grant winners, and they are looking forward to the opportunity to evaluate the results of the Foundation’s investment.

In addition to being part of the final assessment of a $100K for 100 grant, these site visits mark the beginning of the process to determine Sustaining Grant winners.

Preview of Cummings Foundation Impact Report Questions

Progress and Results
Please briefly describe (in 300 words or fewer) the key actions, activities, or products resulting from the grant funding, as well as any resulting benefit to the organization or the people it serves.

Variance
Please explain any significant variance from your planned use of funds, as stated in your grant proposal. For example, have there been changes in your project timeline or expenditures?

Challenges
Please describe the challenges, if any, the funded project has encountered, and explain how you overcame them (or plan to overcome them). For example, have other anticipated funding sources for this project not materialized?

Organizational Changes
What significant changes, if any, have occurred at your organization since the beginning of the grant term? For example, has there been a change in leadership or staff responsible for this project?

Budget
Using this template, provide a budget detailing how the past year's funds have been expended (or will be before the end of the current grant year). Use the field below to briefly explain each significant line item (e.g., list job positions or contract services to be funded, and equipment or supplies to be purchased). If some funds will roll over to the upcoming year, please indicate how they will be expended.]

Reciprocal Link
Most Cummings Foundation grant agreements include a requirement that the grantee maintain a link on its website to www.CummingsFoundation.org. Please share the URL of the page on your website that contains this link, or an explanation of why there is no such link. If this requirement is not included in your Grant Agreement, please so indicate. Links to all grantee organizations may be viewed at:http://www.cummingsfoundation.org/oneworldboston/grant_recipients.htm.

Referrals
Several grant recipients have sought to assist the work of Cummings Foundation by spreading the word that the majority of buildings managed by Cummings Properties are actually owned by Cummings Foundation, with all rental profits going to charity. We would like to ensure that we are aware of all leases in Foundation-owned buildings that resulted in some way from grant winner referrals. If your organization has referred another organization that signed a lease, please describe the circumstances below. If you would like to make a referral, please contact Eric Anderson, executive vice president of Cummings Properties, at 781-932-7038 or esa@cummings.com, and mention that you are a $100K for 100 grant winner.

 

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