Cummings Foundation awards at least $30 million each year, and has awarded nearly $480 million in total to date, to a widely diverse group of local greater Boston nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
Our Programs and Special Interests
$30 Million Grant Program
150 annual grants awarded each May to eastern Massachusetts nonprofits, largely selected by volunteers
New Horizons Communities
Not-for-profit retirement communities developed by Cummings Foundation in Woburn and Marlboro, MA
A commitment to educational equity and workforce development through long-term funding
Cummings in Rwanda
Invitation-only support of this East African country's post-genocide recovery and rebuilding efforts
Our Buildings Power Charities
Joyce and Bill Cummings have donated the large majority of Cummings Properties' commercial property to the Foundation. Today, nearly all the buildings managed by Cummings Properties are actually owned by and operated for the sole benefit of Cummings Foundation. Clients who lease space at these properties feel good about this business decision, knowing that Cummings Buildings Power Charities.
They are the heroes: The nonprofit executive directors who also serve as HR managers, development officers, and marketing managers; the program staff who work diligently and passionately, often for low pay and even less recognition; the volunteers who devote precious free time in service to others. They are the heroes—not us.
Second only to funding, volunteers are an integral part of Cummings Foundation's grant program. By tapping into the deep expertise and rich diversity of greater Boston's professional community, the Foundation is so much better able to understand the issues local communities are facing, identify the most promising and effective nonprofits to fund, and strengthen relationships with beneficiaries.
awarded $100,000 – $2 million
given since 1986
to local nonprofits
Advancing Health Equity
$50 million to facilitate a global health alliance
Investing in Future Educators
$10 million to diversify and sustain the workforce
Architecture and Real Estate
A $20 million commitment to multidisciplinary studies
About Cummings Foundation
"We reject the phrase give until it hurts. The better advice is to give until it feels good, and then keep on giving."
— Bill and Joyce Cummings, founders of Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, and first Massachusetts members of The Giving Pledge
Cummings Foundation was established in 1986 and has since grown to be one of the three largest foundations in New England. The Foundation is active in four major areas, focusing much of its efforts on the communities in which colleagues and clients live and work.