Keeping Up to Date with Our 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 grants management system. 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 an "@cummings.com" address).
The deadline for organizations that are in the final year of a grant and have submitted a new application, however, is February 28 and will be emailed a link to the report in early-January. 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.
During the final two years of each $100,000 grant, and every year of a 10-year grant, 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 nonprofit sectors, many of whom have previously served on 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.
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?
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?
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.
Most Cummings Foundation grant agreements include a requirement that the grantee maintain a link on its website to 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention that you are a Cummings Foundation grant winner.