Our Principles

Our Guiding Principles

Recognizing that the dignity of every human person is fundamental, Cummings Foundation’s primary goal is to help meet the most basic needs of people in all segments of our society.

After completing a full 35 years on our collective journey of philanthropy, in 2020, we pledge to continue working to help ensure that no one is ever left behind.

We seek to promote and empower the social and economic inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or other status.

We will work to help improve the lives of those within our priority funding regions primarily by directly supporting the work of other highly effective charitable organizations.

And we will endeavor through our local outreach to aid the furthest behind first.

—Bill and Joyce Cummings

Sustainable Development Goals pin

The “color wheel” above is the actual pin presented to Bill Cummings when he spoke at the United Nations in June 2019. Many of these words and sentiments were inspired by portions of the United Nations’ document, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Cummings Foundation, Inc. supports the SDGs of the United Nations.