Impact Reports

Keeping Up to Date with Grantees

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 portal. This report is required for an organization to be eligible for future installments of current grants as well as future new grants from Cummings Foundation.

Most impact reports are due each April 15 during the grant term. The Foundation will email grantees a link to the report in mid-February. Grant recipients who do not receive this email by the end of February should contact the Foundation (after first checking their spam folders for an email from

Organizations that are in the final year of a grant and have submitted a new application have a deadline of February 28 and will be emailed a link to the report in early January. Recipients of grants made outside of our primary annual program 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 two years of each $100,000 grant or three-year grant, and every year of a 10-year grant, Cummings Foundation volunteers will schedule a time to visit the nonprofit and talk about its grant-funded program. The Site Visits Committee is made up of community leaders from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and they are looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about your important work.

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.


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?


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?

Annual Revenue

Please enter the organization's total revenue for the three most recently completed fiscal years. (The numbers should represent the entire organization, not just the department, office, or program related to this application.)


Please describe how your organization expended its most recent grant installment. If some funds will roll over to the upcoming year, please indicate how much and 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 Please share the URL of the page on your website that contains this link, or an explanation of why there is no such link. The Foundation's preference is for the link to be located on the homepage or within one click of it. If this requirement is not included in your Grant Agreement, please so indicate. View links to all grantee organizations on our Grant Recipients page.


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 nonprofits. 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, president of Cummings Properties, at 781-932-7038 or, and mention that you are a Cummings Foundation grant winner.

Grant Terminations

Cummings enters every grant with the full intention of disbursing the entire award, plus all annual renewals referenced in the agreement. In rare circumstances, however, it is prudent to terminate a grant.

As typically stated in each grant agreement: If Grantor determines in its sole discretion that Grantee is not adhering to this Agreement, and/or has furnished false or misleading information to Grantor at any time, and/or is or has been engaged in otherwise objectionable conduct, Grantor shall be entitled to restitution of grant funds previously paid and to decline to renew the grant. In addition, if two consecutive years pass without a disbursement due to Grantee’s failure to comply with this Agreement; or if Grantee expands in such a way that less than 50 percent of its services are provided within, or its principal address relocates from, Grantor’s priority funding area; or if Grantee delivers substantial services outside of Massachusetts, the grant will be considered terminated and will not be eligible for reinstatement.