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Cummings organization awards $10 Million to 30 local nonprofits
Banker & Tradesman — 10/16/2020

Cummings Foundation selected 30 greater Boston nonprofits to share in $10 million in donations, ranging from $250,000 to $500,000, as part of its Cummings $20 Million Grant Program. In the first phase of this philanthropic initiative, 130 nonprofits were awarded $100,000 each in June. (more)


New Horizons at Marlborough welcomes new executive director
Marlborough Enterprise — 9/25/2020

New Horizons at Marlborough has named Betsy Connolly its new executive director. The veteran senior-living administrator had served since 2017 as deputy director of the 430-resident Hemenway Street community. (more)




Cummings Tops List of Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors in Mass.

Boston Business journal compiled a list of 107 companies that paid out at least $100,000 to Massachusetts-based charitable organizations in fiscal 2019. (more)




New Horizons opening new wing

A new wing at Woburn’s New Horizons at Choate will soon provide 17 additional residences. Construction is underway on the second-floor wing, to be known as Courtyard Suites, which features a veranda overlooking a courtyard. (more)



Elaine Chen named as Tufts’ Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship

After a comprehensive international search, the Tufts School of Engineering and the Tufts Gordon Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Chen as the Director of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center (TEC) and the Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship. (more)





New Horizons minimizes risks and safeguards quality of life

New Horizons at Marlborough’s management team had many sleep-starved nights these past months as they worked to minimize risk and safeguard quality of life for the hundreds of senior residents who live at the MetroWest retirement community. (more)


New Horizons at Choate employee named Hometown Hero

Barbra Graham of Woburn was recently recognized as a Hometown Hero when the Boston 25 Morning News crew visited local retirement community New Horizons at Choate, where Graham serves as community relations director. (more)



Cummings Foundation Accepting LOIs for $25 Million Grant Program

Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has launched its new Cummings $25 Million Grant Program and is accepting Letters of Inquiry. Through the initiative, one hundred nonprofits based in and primarily serving Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts will be awarded grants of $100,000 each, (mostly) payable over two to five years. (more)


Cummings organization named among BBJ’s 107 most charitable companies in Massachusetts

The Boston Business Journal recently announced the region's top corporate charitable contributors. The Business Journal publishes its annual list to showcase companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities — a feat that is even more important during times of turmoil and crisis like we have experienced in 2020. (more)



New Horizons at Marlborough seniors celebrate Independence Day with a song

When faced with restrictions due to COVID-19, the New Horizons at Marlborough retirement community chorus got creative to ensure its melodious voices are heard. Unable to conduct its traditional Fourth of July performance, the 25-member singing group created a video rendition of “God Bless America” and posted it on social media channels for the independent and assisted living community—and others—to enjoy. (more)


New Horizons holds ceremony for graduating seniors

Knowing that most graduation ceremonies had been canceled this year, the management team at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate retirement community staged its first ever ceremony, featuring the 11 graduating seniors who work in its dining room. (more)


New Horizons delivers ice cream sundaes to residents

Residents at New Horizons at Choate recently opened their doors to a happy midday surprise: freshly made ice cream sundaes. According to dining room supervisor Jenna Messina, whose 11-year tenure at New Horizons began when she was in high school, these regular apartment visits give staff and residents a chance to catch up and connect in a fun way, especially given that communal dining has been suspended as a COVID-19 precautionary measure. (more)




The Cummings organization: a legacy of leadership and philanthropy

For over 50 years, Cummings Properties has been a leader in commercial real estate throughout Massachusetts. And although its founder, Bill Cummings, has earned recognition and accolades for his business acumen in the field, it may be another endeavor - Cummings Foundation - that has truly made a more significant impact on the lives of so many. (more)

Cummings Foundation announces $20 Million Grant Program recipients

In 2020, Cummings Foundation combined its $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants initiatives into the Cummings $20 Million Grant Program. Through this streamlined approach, the foundation is awarding a total of $20 million annually to 130 local-area nonprofits. (more)

Danvers' Northeast Arc awarded Cummings grant

Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, has received a grant through the Cummings Foundation's $20 Million Grant Program. (more)




Can the "Cummings Way" live on after the founder retires? (PODCAST)

After billionaire and philanthropist Bill Cummings retires, the management team at Cummings Properties must determine how to move the company forward. Listen to the entire podcast, which premiered on May 26 on Cold Call. (more)





Bill Cummings releases new edition of Starting Small

In the latest edition of his business book, "Starting Small and Making It Big," Cummings chronicles his business ventures, calculated risks during market downturns and lessons in both entrepreneurship and philanthropy. (more)


Seniors to Seniors: New Horizons Residents Write to Class of 2020

Unable to join family for graduation ceremonies as usual, residents at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate assisted living community shared messages with the class of 2020 for a "seniors to seniors" Facebook post. Dozens of seniors wrote whiteboard messages to family, the 11 graduating seniors who work at the facility, and other graduates in the community. (more)






New Horizons receives homemade face coverings

Residents and staff at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn are benefiting from a grassroots aid effort. Residents' families and members of the local community have been supplementing protective garment reserves at the senior living community by sending batches of homemade face coverings. (more)




New Horizons has largely avoided Covid-19's spread

New Horizons at Choate, in Woburn, and New Horizons at Marlborough both underwent coronavirus testing by the National Guard in late April. Of the hundreds of tests performed of all residents and staff at both facilities, only one resident and one employee initially tested positive at Choate, and none of the residents or staff initially tested positive at Marlborough. (more)


No positive coronavirus tests among residents, staff at Marlborough's New Horizons

No residents or staff members at the New Horizons assisted living community tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of tests this week. The Massachusetts National Guard performed tests Tuesday on 159 residents and 147 staff members. (more)



Woburn Coronavirus: No Resident Cases at New Horizons at Choate

No resident cases of the new coronavirus were detected in widespread testing at Woburn's New Horizons at Choate assisted living facility on Monday. The Massachusetts National Guard tested all available residents and staff, the facility's owner and operator, Cummings Foundation, said. (more)



Cummings Foundation donates $500K to Lauren Baker's Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Cummings Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund in an effort to help support at-risk community members. The Woburn-based foundation announced the donation during a Zoom call attended by Lauren Baker, Massachusetts first lady, who is in part spearheading the relief fund, along with foundation trustees and volunteers. (more)


Marlborough's New Horizons uses technology to connect seniors with loved ones amid no-visit regulations

Residents at local senior living community New Horizons at Marlborough are jumping into the digital age with both feet. Thanks to the innovation of video calls and social media—and the efforts of a host of tech-savvy staffers—the seniors have been connecting virtually with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. (more)



Greater Lowell Community Foundation receives Cummings Foundation COVID-19 relief grant

The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has announced $500,000 in grants to support COVID-19 emergency response funds, including the Greater Lowell Community Foundation's (GLCF) relief fund. Five funds will receive $100,000 each to support communities and individuals, including black and Latinx small business owners affected by the pandemic, according to a news release. (more)




New Horizons Resident Turns 102 With Birthday Parade Of Love

Thursday brought a parade of love for a Woburn woman turning 102, as family and friends wished her happy birthday from afar. Agnes Carson has reached a huge milestone, and while making sure to keep their distance, people turned out to help her celebrate.(more)



Cummings contributes $500,000 to local COVID-19 relief funds

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation announced $500,000 in grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Boston and the north suburbs. Five emergency response funds will each receive $100,000 to support communities, individuals and black and Latinx small business owners affected by the coronavirus. (more)





New Horizons illuminates the financial considerations of independent and assisted living

As we advance in years, concerns about health, safety, and a lack of socialization can make a strong case for transitioning to independent or assisted living in a retirement community. Finances are typically an important consideration when deciding whether to make this move and, if so, in selecting a community.(more)



New Horizons successful in grassroots effort to keep daily Mass alive

New Horizons at Marlborough has hosted daily Catholic Mass at its on-site chapel since the retirement community's doors opened in 1994. In 2018, that practice appeared to be at risk, until New Horizons residents and staff came together in a grassroots effort to continue the important tradition.(more)



BNEWS Special: Interview with Joyce Vyriotes of Cummings Foundation (Television)

BNEWS anchor Phil Gallagher recently sat down with Cummings Foundation deputy director Joyce Vyriotes to discuss the Foundation's history and the extensive reach of its many good works. (watch)



Interview with Bill Cummings

When Joyce and Bill Cummings signed the Giving Pledge in 2011, greater Boston was surprised. The first donors in Massachusetts to join, the couple were relatively unknown. They didn't live in the city. They didn't appear in social diaries. Indeed, "my friends know me as the woman who goes to Stop & Shop with the coupons," reports Joyce. (more)



Op-ed: On Giving Tuesday, a reflection on ways to give

This year marks the seventh anniversary of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back that was first conceived by the 92nd Street Y in New York. It has since become a global philanthropic movement. On the heels of the two tentpoles of consumerism, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday reminds us that when we open our wallets at this time of year, the nonprofits that are such an important part of our communities should be on our list as well. Since it began, Giving Tuesday has inspired more than a billion dollars in donations. Nonprofits are wise to tap into the phenomenon. With the proliferation of #GivingTuesday, every glimpse of social media becomes a gentle nudge to give. (more)



Bill Cummings, one of the most prolific philanthropists in Mass. history to receive NEREJ's Lifetime Achievement Award

Born during America's Great Depression, Bill Cummings grew up poor. But with hard work, an entrepreneurial mindset, and an eye for opportunities, he led a series of highly successful business ventures, eventually becoming one of the most respected commercial real estate operators in greater Boston and, more importantly, one of the most prolific philanthropists in Massachusetts history. (more)



Thriving Community Partnership

Bill Cummings' Endicott College connection started with a familiar interaction, one that many people associated with the College experienced at some level. "I met (former) Endicott President, Dr. Richard E. Wylie, at breakfast for a Beverly Chamber of Commerce event when we first began development of the Cummings Center," recalls Cummings. "I happened to be sitting next to him. Over a long period of time, I developed a tremendous respect for Dick and through him, of course, for the College." (more)



5 Questions for Bill Cummings, Co-Founder and President, Cummings Foundation

Bill Cummings thinks of himself as a serial entrepreneur. At the age of six, he would venture over to a construction site near his parents' house and sell bottles of soda. Decades later, after having worked in sales for a number of national consumer product firms, he bought his first "real" business, a century-old fruit juice syrup manufacturer, for $4,000. Five years later, he sold the company and used the seven-figure proceeds to establish Cummings Properties, which today manages more than ten million square feet of debt-free real estate in suburban Boston. (more)



Museum of Science honors Cummings Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Cummings Foundation is focused on giving back to the Greater Boston community in the areas of human services, education, health care and social justice. It has inspired generations of Boston area residents through its generous support of capital, program and exhibit development projects at the Museum of Science and throughout Eastern Massachusetts. (more)



Nonprofits Apply in Record Numbers for Cummings $20 Million Grant Program

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation received a record 738 Letters of Inquiry for its greatly expanded 2020 grant cycle, compared with 574 last year. Thanks to changes in the eligibility requirements for the newly named Cummings $20 Million Grant Program, more greater Boston nonprofits than ever before submitted proposals for grants ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each. (more)



Real Estate Entrepreneur Brings Business Acumen To Philanthropy

While many private foundations base their funding decisions on the thinking of just a handful of trusted advisors, commercial real estate entrepreneur and billionaire philanthropist Bill Cummings has opted for a much different model. Cummings Foundation engaged 148 volunteers to help decide the majority of the $25 million it awarded to greater Boston charities last year alone. (more)



Cummings Properties hosts senior staff from Rwandan university

Cummings Properties recently hosted staff from Rwanda's brand-new University of Global Health Equity for an afternoon of professional development. Two senior members of the campus operations department visited the Woburn commercial real estate firm to learn its best practices for in-house facilities maintenance. (more)



Mass. Nonprofits Get No-Strings Grants of $100K Each

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation yesterday announced that it has awarded $100,000 to each of 97 Massachusetts nonprofits, as well as three governmental organizations, the eighth year that it has distributed the no-strings-attached grants. (more)



Cummings Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $15 Million

The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced grants totaling $15 million to fifty Boston-area nonprofits through its Sustaining Grants program. The program provides long-term follow-on funding—typically between $20,000 and $50,000 a year for up to ten years—to former grantees in the foundation's $100K for 100 program. (more)



Cummings headlines Salem State Agganis Forum

Salem State University hosted the Agganis Forum, a presentation organized by the university's Bertolon School of Business, on Monday, April 22. Bill Cummings, founder of Cummings Properties, Inc. and Cummings Foundation, Inc., discussed his road to success, what motivates him and his recent book, Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur's Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist. (more)



LETTER: Cummings respond to blackface editorials

This is just a quick note to recognize and thank you for your excellent Feb. 28 editorial page (A9), with two worthwhile articles. I do not personally know Juanita Zerda of Winchester Multicultural Network, but her “Learning and Reflecting About Blackface,” and the work she went through to assemble that excellent opinion piece, deserve great credit. It was really informative and certainly promoted inclusivity! (more)



Did You Hear? Boston Developer Donates $25 Million for Medical School in Africa

Boston developer and investor Bill Cummings, founder of Cummings Properties, has developed and invested in millions of square feet of commercial real estate across Massachusetts, but it's an education building some 6,900 miles away that stands out right now. (more)



Baystate Business: Interview with Bill Cummings (Radio)

On this edition of Baystate Business, Bloomberg Radio sat down with Bill Cummings for a conversation about his personal story, his success in business and commercial real estate, and his take on philanthropy. (listen)



The Greatest Givers: Meet America's top philanthropists

Actions speak louder than words: While it may be easy to make promises, true generosity involves actually giving away the greenbacks. To discover who doled out the most money in 2017, Forbes partnered with Boca Raton, Florida’s SHOOK Research, and tracked the philanthropists who made good on their pledges. We only count money that reaches beneficiaries—and exclude commitments that have yet to be paid out or donations that are still sitting as foundation assets. (more)


They made a billion dollars and plan to give most of it away

WCVB’s “Chronicle” crew visited with Bill Cummings at his home, at the historic Cummings Center campus, and at Sustaining Grant recipient Mission of Deeds. Shayna Seymour and her team sat down with Bill while he answered the question “how does it feel to make a billion dollars and then plan to give much of it away?” (watch)


Cummings keynotes Emmanuel College convocation

Emmanuel College marked the opening of its 99th academic year Sept. 11, with the celebration of its Academic Convocation. Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author Bill Cummings, well known in the greater Boston community and beyond for his success in business and real estate and his commitment to philanthropy, delivered the keynote address. (more)





Cummings named No. 1 corporate contributor in Mass. for 3rd year in a row

The Cummings organization, made up of commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties and its affiliate Cummings Foundation, was named the Commonwealth’s “Top Charitable Contributor” at Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. This is the third year in a row the organization has achieved the No. 1 ranking. (more)





'Keep the money moving': Why the state's biggest philanthropists give back

Put together a list of the most well-known philanthropists in Greater Boston, and Bill Cummings, Sandra Edgerley and Jack Connors are among those at the top. They are giving away millions of dollars of their own money for nonprofit causes, plus raising money and shepherding invaluable grants to nonprofits in the region. The Business Journal recently asked each of them about their philanthropy work and the industry as a whole. (more)


Being Boston: Foundation donates $100K for 100 non-profit organizations

Boston 25 News sat down with Bill Cummings and a 2018 $100K for 100 grant recipient at the 2018 Grant Winner Celebration. See highlights from the event and hear firsthand about the impact of the $10 million awarded annually through the $100K for 100 grant program. (watch)


Sure and Steady: A Foundation That's a Big Believer in Multi-Year Support

If there's one thing that nonprofits may want from foundations even more than general operating grants, it's multi-year support. Such commitments help stabilize organizations' finances and allow them to focus more on their mission and less on the incessant fundraising that can preoccupy executive directors. Yet many foundations still don’t offer multi-year support—despite years of pleas by grantees and groups like Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. (more)


Real Estate Billionaire Bill Cummings Is Giving It All Away

Bill Cummings built his fortune in the real estate world. Starting with just a single building in Woburn, Cummings Properties now spans 11 million square feet across northeastern Massachusetts. In 2011, Bill and his wife Joyce became the first people in Massachusetts to sign the Giving Pledge, a promise to give away at least half of their total wealth. The Cummings Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the state, and it is unique in how the donations are distributed.

Bill joined WBUR to discuss his long, successful career and how the foundation works. (listen)


Cummings Foundation "sustains" 33 local nonprofits with $10 million in grants

Dozens of local nonprofit organizations received news this week that likely made not just their day, but their decade. Woburn-based Cummings Foundation awarded a total of $10 million to 30 Greater Boston charities through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. Each organization will receive annual installments of between $20,000 and $50,000. (more)


More than 220 nonprofits in the running for $100,000

Nonprofits received welcome news in their email inboxes this month: invitations to apply for one of 100 grants of $100,000 each to be awarded by Cummings Foundation. They are among 223 invitees selected after a thorough review of a record-breaking 597 Letters of Inquiry submitted earlier this year for the Foundation's $100K for 100 program. (more)


Cummings Foundation doubles its grant giving with new Sustaining Grants program

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has created a new annual grants program that will effectively double the Foundation's local grant giving from $100 million to $200 million over the next 10 years. The program — called Sustaining Grants — will award an additional $10 million in funding annually among about 30 local nonprofit organizations. Funds will be disbursed over 10 years in installments of between $20,000 and $50,000 per year. (more)


Cummings named top charitable contributor in Massachusetts

For the second year in a row, the Cummings organization was named the Commonwealth's number one Top Charitable Contributor at Boston Business Journal's 12th Annual Corporate Citizenship Summit on September 7 in Boston. (more)


Dozens of Nonprofits in Eastern Massachusetts Get $100K Each

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation today announced that it has awarded $100,000 to each of 97 nonprofits in eastern Massachusetts in connectioe organizations providingn with its "$100K for 100" program, now in its sixth year. Recipients includ services related to prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity, among other issues. Similar awards were also given to three governmental organizations.(more)


From humble beginnings to multimillion-dollar donors

His father painted houses in Medford, raising a young family in a one-bedroom apartment atop a liquor store, a coin laundry, and a taxi stand on Salem Street. His mother, the daughter of Irish immigrants, was a neighborhood fixture whose idea of socializing was knocking on doors, collecting coins for the March of Dimes or the Cancer Society.(more)


Training the next generation of global health leaders in Africa

Binagwaho emphasizes that this is a global university based in Rwanda — the current cohort includes students from 12 different countries. As the university expands, the plan is to add degree programs in human, veterinary and oral health. Funding for the university began with the philanthropists Joyce and Bill Cummings of the Cummings Foundation, who offered a $15 million grant which was matched by funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other United States donors.(more)


Bloomberg Markets: Cummings Founders on Giving Back

Bill and Joyce Cummings, founders Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, discussing being named "2017 Distinguished Bostonians" by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and their work with non-profit businesses.(more)


Foundation surprises five local nonprofits with $2.5M in grants

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation recently awarded a total of $2.5 million through its brand new Sustaining Grants program to five local nonprofits: CommonWealth Kitchen (Dorchester), Generations Inc. (Boston), Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, Lawrence CommunityWorks, and UTEC (formerly United Teen Equality Center, in Lowell).(more)


Sisters of Saint Anne select New Horizons

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

The Sisters of Saint Anne, part of the Marlborough community for more than a century, recently selected New Horizons at (Hemenway Street) Marlborough to become the new home for twenty-six of their congregants.(more)



Laurie Gabriel named new Cummings trustee

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Laurie Gabriel of Jackson has accepted an appointment to the board of trustees of Cummings Foundation. Gabriel, who retired as one of three managing partners at Boston-based Wellington Management Co., will also serve on the foundation's finance committee. (more)



Cummings Foundation hosts Rwandan university executive director

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Cummings Foundation recently hosted a dinner for Peter Drobac, executive director of University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Drobac shared an update about UGHE, a brand new health sciences university that has received substantial funding from Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. (more)


Cummings Foundation implements new $100K for 100 timeline

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Cummings Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry through Oct. 1 for the 2017 cycle of its $100K for 100 grant program. Through this initiative, the Woburn-based foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits every June.

A record-breaking 479 inquiry letters were submitted for the 2016 cycle, according to foundation Associate Executive Director Joyce Vyriotes. (more)


Lappin Foundation honors Bill and Joyce Cummings with Friend of Israel Award

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Cummings Foundation co-founders Bill and Joyce Cummings were honored last weekend with the Friend of Israel Award, presented by Lappin Foundation. The Salem-based organization, which offers programs that enhance Jewish identity, created this award in 2013 to recognize people of faiths other than Judaism who support the Jewish People. (more)


The 90 Percent Mandate: Behind that stream of Cummings Foundation Grants

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

New England's grantmaking stalwart, the Cummings Foundation, has awarded $10 million in grants to local nonprofits focused on improving the community through its annual $100K for 100 program. Additional grants of between $300,000 and $20 million were awarded to 14 other organizations such as Catholic Charities of Boston and YMCA of the North Shore. (more)


100 Greater Boston nonprofits awarded $100,000 each

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Cummings Foundation awarded grants of $100,000 each last week to 100 charities - all located in Greater Boston - through its "$100K for 100" program. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, the Woburn-based Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits.

The organizations were chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process. (more)


Stained-glass windows link Marlborough nuns to Dorchester students

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

The donation of two stained-glass windows has unexpectedly created a connection between Catholic nuns from Marlborough and students at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester.

Eight of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd made a rare trip from their convent at the New Horizons retirement community for a May 12 ribbon cutting ceremony for the 55-year-old windows, which now brighten the Academy's media center. New Horizons had salvaged the windows from the chapel at Madonna Hall School for Girls after purchasing that property from the Sisters in 1993. (more)


Joyce and Bill Cummings give Endicott College commencement address

Bill and Joyce Cummings delivered the 2016 commencement speech at Endicott College, addressing the more than 900 graduates of the Beverly, MA college as well as families, faculty, and staff. President Richard E. Wylie presented Bill and Joyce with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.


Building for the Future

Bill Cummings, Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Back in 1987, Trustee Bill Cummings, a Massachusetts real estate developer, proposed a radical plan to transform the Medford/Somerville campus. If Tufts could secure rights to the airspace above the public transit tracks at the busy intersection of Boston and College Avenues, the university could construct a new building on College Avenue and then build a footbridge that connected it to the Hill. (more)




University of Global Health Equity Opens in Rwanda

Bill Cummings, Medford Mayor McGlynn and Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Cummings Foundation pledged the first $15 million toward the planning and creation of Phase I of University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Butaro, Rwanda, and was then instrumental in securing matching funds from other American sources. (more)




Woburn's New Horizons at Choate celebrates 25th anniversary

Bill Cummings, Medford Mayor McGlynn and Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, New Horizons at Choate retirement community, a nonprofit, held an evening reception for about 250 residents and guests on 21 Warren Ave.

Additionally, 10-year-residency and service anniversaries were celebrated with four residents and one staff member. (more)


Cummings Foundation supports new academic building for Tufts

Bill Cummings, Medford Mayor McGlynn and Tufts University plan for new building above MBTA stop

Tufts University has announced plans for a new academic building to be constructed at the MBTA’s GLX College Avenue station in Medford with generous support from Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. The building will support Tufts’ mission of teaching and research.

Winchester resident Bill Cummings, founder of commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties and co-founder of Cummings Foundation, is a business leader, philanthropist and Tufts alumnus and trustee emeritus who grew up in Medford. (more)

Cummings Foundation reaches milestone of $100 million in local grants

Cummings Foundation, Inc. has now awarded more than $100 million in grants to Greater Boston nonprofits alone. The Woburn-based foundation reached this milestone with the recent conclusion of the 2015 grant cycle of its "$100K for 100" program through which $10 million was awarded to 100 local nonprofits in grants of $100,000 each.

Chosen through a competitive review process from more than 350 applicants, the diverse group of grant winners represents a wide variety of causes, including underserved populations, education, healthcare, hunger relief, and homelessness prevention. (more)

Delaney McDaniel chosen as 2015 McKeown Scholar

WOBURN, May 15, 2015 – Graduating senior Delaney McDaniel bested 23 of the top scholars in this year’s graduating high school class to become Woburn’s class of 2015 McKeown Scholar.

This is the 19th and final year of the McKeown Scholars competition. It was developed by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation in memory of James “Jamie” L. McKeown, a Woburn native, 1973 Woburn High School graduate, and late president of Cummings Properties, who died suddenly in 1996 at the age of 41. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 830 students.

The Foundation will continue to honor McKeown through a recent commitment of $2 million to the newly renamed James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. (more)

Winchester High School announces McKeown Scholar winner

WINCHESTER, May 8, 2015 – Graduating senior Kayla Bell has been selected by Winchester High School as this year’s McKeown Scholar. She will be recognized during Senior Awards Night at the school’s auditorium on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

This is the 19th and final year of the McKeown Scholars competition. Woburn-based Cummings Foundation developed the program in memory of James “Jamie” L. McKeown, late president of Cummings Properties and former managing trustee of the Foundation, who died suddenly in 1996 at the age of 41. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 830 students. (more)

Teen helps New Horizons residents 'Shake It Off'
Boston Globe – 3/12/15

Sometimes, the folks at New Horizons in Woburn just don’t act their age. Wednesday was one of those days. A year after shooting a video in which they lip-synched along to the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe,” residents of the assisted-living community were at it again, this time shooting a video of themselves lip-synching Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”(more)

New Horizons welcomes VNA Care Advantage and new resident service director
Marlborough Patch – 2/9/15

New Horizons at Marlborough senior living community started the New Year with a new provider of supportive and personal care services, VNA Care Advantage, as well as a new resident service director, Theresa Quinn, RN, BSN, MS.

“Like New Horizons, VNA Care Advantage is a mission-focused not-for-profit organization,” said Bob O’Connor, executive director at the independent and assisted living community since before its opening in 1994.

VNA Care Advantage is part of VNA Care Network. Established in 1891, VNA Care Network provides a wide range of home-and community-based health care in more than 200 Central and Eastern Massachusetts communities. Services include disease management programs for heart failure and diabetes, IV therapy, joint replacement therapy, falls prevention, palliative care, and hospice care for the terminally ill. (more)

Cardinal O'Malley celebrates Mass at New Horizons at Marlborough
The Metrowest Daily News – 1/31/15

On Friday, January 30, 2015, New Horizons at Marlborough welcomed Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley to celebrate Mass and meet with residents. More than 150 people filled the on-site Cardinal Cushing Chapel for this special service. “We were so delighted to welcome his Eminence to our community,” said New Horizons’ Executive Director Robert O’Connor. “The Cardinal was incredibly gracious. Our residents and guests will long remember the time and attention he shared with them."

During his visit to Cummings Foundation’s not-for-profit senior living community, the leader of the Archdiocese of Boston also spent private time with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who recently marked their 50th anniversary in Marlborough.

Visit FLICKR to see photos of the event, and check out Cardinal O’Malley’s blog to read His Eminence’s brief recap of his visit with the Sisters. (more)

New Horizons featured in local magazine segment
YouTube - 1/13/2015

New Horizons at Marlborough was recently featured in a local Marlborough Access WMCT Magazine video. The piece discusses New Horizons recent recognition by as "Best of Assisted Living in Marlborough" 2015 for receiving consistently high ratings in the past year and includes comments from Executive Director Bob O'Connor. (more)

The Cummings Foundation launches a second $10M grants program
Boston Business Journal - 1/7/2015

The Cummings Foundation has made grants totaling $10 million to eight nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts as part of a new grants program the foundation has launched.

The foundation already operates a $10 million grants program, which it launched in 2013. Through that, the Cummings Foundation (the family foundation of Bill Cummings, who founded Cummings Properties LLC, and his wife Joyce) each year picks 100 organizations and donates $100,000 to them. (more)

Marlborough Retirement Community Earns National Recognition
Marlborogh Patch - 12/23/2014

New Horizons at Marlborough was awarded the “Best of Assisted Living in Marlborough” 2015 award for receiving consistently high ratings in the past year on, a national ratings and reviews site for senior care and services.

Winners of this honor rank in the top 1 percent of senior care providers nationwide. New Horizons also received this recognition in 2013.

“ aims to help families research and locate reliable first-hand feedback on senior care options from other families who have gone through the same experience,” said Eric Seifert, president of “We are proud to celebrate the exceptional businesses that care for our greatest generation, ... and provide these organizations with the recognition they deserve.” (more)

Winchester Multicultural Network Receives $1 Million Cummings Foundation Grant
Winchester Patch - 12/22/2014

DECEMBER 2014 - Winchester Multicultural Network (the Network) was recently awarded a million-dollar grant through Cummings Foundation's Major Grants Program. The grant, payable over 10 years, will provide for staff and a more suitable office space, and will allow the Network to expand its programming.

Founded by Winchester resident Sandy Thompson, the 24-year-old nonprofit's mission is to promote the

recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocate for each and every person's civil rights; and confront intolerance. (more)



Bill Cummings and John Fish among tonight's BBJ Power 50 honorees
Boston Business Journal - 11/6/2014

Top leaders from the real estate and construction sectors are scheduled to attend tonight's Boston Business Journal Power 50 event along with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Developer Bill Cummings of Cummings Properties fame, construction magnate John Fish, Citizens Bank CEO Jerry Sargent and Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. CEO Mark Thompson are expected. So are a couple dozen top executives from other sectors.

The festivities at the Boston Harbor Hotel are set to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (more)


New Horizons at Choate welcomes two new trustees
Woburn Patch - 10/31/2014

WOBURN - New Horizons at Choate welcomed two new trustees at its annual board meeting, held October 15 at the Warren Avenue independent and assisted living community. Joseph R. Tarby III of Woburn and Lynne Rahmeier of Winchester will officially begin their three-year terms on January 1, 2015. (more)


Boys & Girls Club renamed for Winchester resident
Winchester Star - 9/23/2014

The Boys & Girls Club of Woburn has changed its name to honor a former president and Winchester resident.

The James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn honors the Woburn native and Winchester resident who died of a heart attack in 1996 at age 41. (more)


Plaza Honors the Late James L. McKeown '77
Salem State University - 7/21/2014

The James L. McKeown ’77 Memorial Plaza, honoring the late “Jamie” McKeown, a magna cum laude graduate of Salem State’s Class of 1977, has been officially dedicated at Salem State University. A long time member of the firm, McKeown was president of Cummings Properties in Woburn from 1990 until his sudden death in 1996 at the age of 41. (more)


Cummings Foundation awards two $100k grants to city, youth club - 6/23/2014

The Cummings Foundation of Woburn has awarded separate $100,000 grants to the Medford Boys & Girls Club and to the city for the proposed Krystle Campbell Peace Garden. Each grant was awarded as part of the foundation's $100K for 100 program, which awards $10 million annually to nonprofits in Greater Boston. Altogether the Foundation will make grants totalling more than $38 million in 2014. (more)


Cummings Foundation Announces $10 Million in Local Grants - 6/11/2014

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. has announced the names of 100 local nonprofits selected to receive grants of $100,000 each through its $100K for 100 program. Chosen through a competitive review process of more than 430 applicants, the diverse group represents a wide variety of causes, including underserved populations, education, healthcare, hunger relief, and homelessness prevention. (more)

Nicholas Minichiello chosen as 2014 McKeown Scholar
Woburn Patch - 5/22/2014

May 22, 2014 - Graduating senior Nicholas Minichiello, who ranks fourth in his class at Woburn Memorial High School, bested 36 classmates to be chosen as this year's McKeown Scholar.

He will be recognized during the Senior Scholarship Assembly at the school's auditorium on Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. Minichiello will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be applied to the four-year college or university of his choice. He will also receive a framed certificate, to be presented by Denise McKeown, widow of James L. McKeown, for whom the award is named.

McKeown was a Woburn native and 1973 Woburn High School graduate. (more)



Winchester High School announces McKeown Scholar winner
Winchester Patch - 5/15/2014

Graduating senior Anna Reishus has been selected by Winchester High School as this year's McKeown Scholar. She will be recognized during Senior Awards Night at the school's auditorium on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Reishus will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a framed certificate to be presented by Winchester resident Denise McKeown, widow of James L. McKeown, for whom the award is named.

The McKeown Scholars competition, now in its 18th year, is sponsored by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. (More)



BBJ presents Visionary Award to real estate veteran and philanthropist
Bill Cummings

Boston Business Journal - 5/28/2014

Bill Cummings of Cummings Properties was presented the Visionary Award at the Boston Business Journal's 2014 Best in Boston Real Estate Awards today. Before hundreds at the Sheraton hotel in the Back Bay, Cummings told the crowd he was accepting the honor on behalf of Cummings employees. (More)

Click to read Bill Cummings' speech and the introduction by Executive Editor George Donnelly.


Couple Embraces Eclectic Mix of Global Causes for $1.2-Billion Fund
The Chronicle of Philanthropy - 5/8/14

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, somewhat of a "bible" in the nonprofit world, published two very complimentary feature stories about Cummings Foundation in its May 8, 2014 edition. The articles focus on the Foundation's growing support of eastern Massachusetts charities, as well as its work related to healthcare and education in Rwanda. (more)

Local seniors and high school student seek YouTube fame
New Horizons at Choate residents produce “Call Me Maybe” video
Press Release - 3/24/14


Not to be left out of the hottest lip-sync craze of recent years, Woburn’s New Horizons retirement community recently created its first-ever music video. Nineteen residents teamed up with Woburn High School sophomore Doug Huynh to produce their own young-at-heart version of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit “Call Me Maybe.” (more)



Marlborough Retirement Community Earns Two National Awards
Marlborough Patch - 2/14/14

Two national organizations that collect consumer ratings recently recognized New Horizons at Marlborough for providing top-tier service in independent and assisted living for senior citizens. presented the not-for-profit retirement community with its Caring Stars 2014 award. This recognition is bestowed upon the top 1 percent of assisted living communities nationwide,...(more)



Bill and Joyce Cummings honored at Solas Awards
Boston Business Journal - 11/27/13

The Irish International Immigrant Center will present its annual Solas Awards during a celebration at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 6. Named from the Gaelic word for "light," the Solas Awards are given to leaders whose work inspires and who are committed to giving back to the community. Joyce and Bill Cummings are the founders of the Cummings Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in New England,...(more)

Bill Cummings named 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen
North Shore Chamber of Commerce - 11/19/2013

On Tuesday, November 19, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Cummings with a 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen Award. As Bill was traveling out of the country at the time, Steve Drohosky, general manager of Cummings Center, accepted the award on his behalf at the Chamber's 2013 Annual Dinner. (more)

Bill and Joyce Cummings to be honored with NAIOP Award
NAIOP - 11/7/2013

NAIOP Massachusetts is proud to announce that Bill and Joyce Cummings are the recipients of the 2013 Edward H. Linde Public Service Award. Recipients of this award are chosen based on their civic and charitable contributions, along with a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community. The award will be presented to the couple at NAIOP's Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, November 7 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. (More)


Cummings Foundation spreads the wealth
The Boston Globe – 8/25/2013

In Woburn, a grant is equipping police with what they say will be powerful, otherwise unaffordable technology: license plate readers.

Cameras mounted on a trunk of a cruiser will photograph only license plates, not drivers or vehicle interiors, according to Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo. Information will be cross-checked with federal and state databases in search of stolen cars and other violations. (More)


Rwanda: Butaro Ambulatory Cancer Center Opens
All Africa – 8/21/2013

“I believed I would die from cancer, since I didn’t think there was any cure,” Delphine Musabeyezu told a group assembled in front of the Butaro Ambulatory Cancer Center in Rwanda Tuesday. “I’m here now to say I am doing well. I’m here as someone that is cured.” (More)



Cummings announces Woburn grant recipients
Woburn Advocate– 6/26/2013

Woburn, MA - Eleven Woburn organizations will receive $100,000 grants each from the Cummings Foundation, the foundation announced last week. They were selected for Cummings' $100K for 100 program along with 89 other greater Boston area nonprofits. (More)




Cummings Foundation announces $400,000 in Lawrence grants
Rumbo News – 7/15/2013

Four Lawrence organizations have received grants of $100,000 each from Cummings Foundation through its new $100K for 100 program. Along with 96 other greater Boston nonprofits, they were selected from more than 370 applicants during a competitive review process. (More)




Cummings Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $10 Million
Philantropy News Digest – 7/6/2013

The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced grants totaling $10 million to one hundred nonprofit organizations in the greater Boston area. Awarded through its OneWorld Boston Grant Program, the foundation awarded grants ranging in duration from two to five years... (More)



Cummings Foundation awards 15 grants of $100,000 in Beverly and North Shore
Salem News – 6/20/2013

Cummings Foundation last night awarded $100,000 grants to 100 nonprofits, including 15 on the North Shore. The grants were announced at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn. North Shore organizations receiving awards included Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Children's Learning Center, Beverly Education Foundation... (More)



Cummings Foundation donates $10M to 100 local nonprofits
Boston Business Journal – 6/20/2013

The Cummings Foundation is set to announce tonight the names of 100 nonprofits to which it is donating $100,000 apiece, some $10 million in gifts in total. The Cummings Foundation is the family foundation of Cummings Properties founder Bill Cummings and his wife, Joyce Cummings. (More)




$800K in grants awarded to MetroWest non-profits
MetoWest Daily News – 6/20/2013

The Cummings Foundation on Wednesday night awarded $10 million in grants to eastern Massachusetts charitable organizations, $800,000 of which was awarded to organizations in MetroWest. Eight MetroWest non-profits received $100,000 grants, part of the Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program, which selected 100 organizations to receive grants of $100,000 each. (More)



Salem State University's new Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies supported by Cummings Foundation
The Boston Globe – 5/23/2013

After the death of Sonia Weitz, cofounder of the Holocaust Center, Boston North Inc., three years ago, observers wondered what would become of the 31-year-old Peabody institution and its mission to prevent atrocities through education.

Now the mission will continue. In an agreement announced Wednesday, the center will give its collections to Salem State University... (More)


2013 Salem State University Commencement

Bill and Joyce Cummings together delivered the 2013 undergraduate Commencement speech at Salem State University on May 18... (More)




Joyce and Bill Cummings to give commencement address at Salem State University – 5/17/2013

Salem State University will hold two undergraduate commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013, both of which will be held at the O'Keefe Complex on Canal Street on Saturday May 18. The first ceremony will be held for the 672 students graduating from the Bertolon School of Business and the School of Human Services on at 10 a.m... (More)



McKeown Scholarship winner announced
Wicked Local – 5/17/2013

WOBURN, Mass., May 17, 2013 – Winchester High School has selected graduating senior Irena Brates as this year's McKeown Scholar.

Brates topped 24 classmates to earn the honor, which is accompanied by a $10,000 merit scholarship to be applied to the four-year college or university of her choice. Brates will be recognized during Senior Awards Night at the Winchester High School auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Winchester resident Denise McKeown, widow of Jamie McKeown, for whom the award is named, will present Brates with a framed certifica. (More)




McKeown Scholarship winner announced
Wicked Local – 5/16/2013

Woburn, MA Woburn Memorial High School graduating senior Michael Paladino has been named this year's McKeown Scholar, topping 40 classmates to earn the $10,000 merit scholarship.

From Paladino's winning essay, "Innovating for the Future": "Computers allow mankind to live as it does today, for just about every innovation every new car, advancement in medical technology, or even advanced food and drug production has its basis in computing technology."

Ranked first in his graduating class, Paladino serves as class president and is a member of the National Honor Society. (More)



Cummings gives Woburn police $100K
Wicked Local – 5/16/2013

Woburn, MA Cummings Foundation has awarded $100,000 to the Woburn Police Department through its $100K for 100 grants program, the company announced last week.

The funds, to be paid over two years, will allow the department to purchase three new license plate reading systems for deployment in patrol vehicles. (More)


Cummings Foundation Gives $100K to Each of 10 Nonprofits
Mass Nonprofit – 4/26/2013

April 26, 2013 OneWorld Boston, the grant making affiliate of North Shore based Cummings Foundation, recently announced that it has awarded 10 grants of $100,000 each to local charities, the first of 100 nonprofits due to receive similarly sized grants in 2013. (More)



Cummings Foundation Pledges $100K To The One Fund
Boston Banker & Tradesman – 4/18/2013

The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation has pledged of $100,000 to The One Fund Boston in honor of Marc Fucarile of Stoneham, who was seriously injured in one of the blasts during the Boston Marathon. (More)




Beverly Bootstraps Awarded $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation
Beverly Patch – 1/21/2013

WOBURN, February 21, 2013 Beverly Bootstraps is among the first 10 local organizations selected for grants of $100,000 each from Cummings Foundation. The Woburn-based foundation will announce an additional 90 awards of the same amount in June.

These "early decision" grant recipients were determined by the staff of the Foundation's for-profit affiliate, commercial real estate firm... (More)


Canal restoration in Woburn to begin soon
Woburn Advocate – 1/18/2013

Woburn, MA The Middlesex Canal Commission plans to begin canal restoration work in Woburn between January and April. Completed in 1803 as a 27-mile waterway connecting Lowell to Charlestown, the canal is now broken into 19 segments, ranging from open water to overgrown rights of way. (More)




50 Most Influential Bostonians
Boston Business Journal – 11/2/2012

William Cummings is founder and president of Cummings Properties LLC, a full-service real estate development company.

In 2011, William and his wife, Joyce, made headlines when they revealed that they had donated half of their wealth to charity, and it was revealed last May that the Cummingses actually had donated an astonishing 90-plus percent of their wealth. They had signed the Giving Pledge, started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Cummings is a graduate of Tufts University. He is also the founder of Cummings Foundation Inc. and president of assisted-living center Hew Horizons at Choate LLC and New Horizons at Marlborough Inc. (More)



Cummings Properties' Foundation Gives $6M in Local Grants
Citybizlist – 8/22/2012

Cummings Foundation, the principal beneficiary of the earnings from Woburn, Mass. commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties, has distributed 60 grants of $100,000 each to greater Boston not-for-profits. The $6 million in awards were made during the first grant cycle of OneWorld Boston, the Foundation's new grant-making affiliate. (More)


Foundation provides new home for Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The Pilot – 8/10/2012

MARLBOROUGH On Oct. 1 the Sisters of the Good Shepherd will have a new home for their 12 sisters in Marlborough. Cummings Foundation Inc., a charitable foundation funded by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester since 1986, is in the process of building the 12,000-square-foot site costing $870,000 at 406 Hemenway Street, across from St. Matthias Church. (More)



Cummings Foundation imaze gutanga 500,000 US$ yo gufasha Abanyarwanda
Kigali Today – 6/1/2012

Fondasiyo y’Abanyamerika yitwa Cummings Fondation imaze gutanga amadorali ibihumbi 500 yo gufasha imiryango nyarwanda itishoboye mu kwiteza imbere. Iyo nkunga, Cummings Fondation iyinyuza mu ishami ryawo ryitwa Institut pour la Justice Mondiale. Mu kwezi kwa mbere uyu mwaka, Bill na Joyce Cummings bashinze iyo fondasiyo basuye u Rwanda mu gihe cy’iminsi 12 basura ibikorwa bitandukanye ... (More)


Joyce and Bill Cummings speak at The Boston Foundation
May 30, 2012

BOSTON, MA At an event presented by The Boston Foundation, at the Kennedy Library, Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 400 representatives of local not-for-profits. During a 20-minute talk, they shared their personal and business backgrounds, spoke about Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, and discussed the future of the Foundation’s new grant-making affiliates.


Students from Rwanda’s Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village visit Massachusetts

Cummings Foundation recently hosted the founder and three students from Rwanda’s Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village on the Massachusetts portion of a U.S. visit. The students met with American peers at Woburn Memorial High School, and then joined supporters for a lunch at Beacon Grille.

View videos of the students.

View photos of the event

Woburn Advocate – May 24, 2012

Woburn Patch – May 18, 2012


WHS senior Pierce named McKeown Scholar
Winchester Star – May 31, 2012

WINCHESTER, MA Earlier this month, graduating Winchester High School senior Caroline Pierce was selected as this year’s McKeown Scholar. The $10,000 award from the Cummings Foundation is named for James L. McKeown, the late president of Cummings Properties.

Pierce was selected based on her application packet, her community service record, her reputation, a personal interview and the quality of her essay. This year's essay asked students to discuss whether a generation... (More)



Cummings Foundation makes $100,000 grants to seven Beverly area nonprofits
The Boston Globe – 5/24/2012

Beverly Hospital has been working for years on expanding its surgical services department. Last year the conclusion of a million dollar campaign for more operating space helped to outfit three brand new operating rooms. (More)




Cummings Foundation makes $1 million in grants to 11 Woburn not-for-profit groups
Woburn Advocate – 5/24/2012

Woburn, MA Cummings Foundation, Inc. has announced a significant expansion of its support for Woburn not-for-profits. Eleven Woburn institutions have received grants of $100,000 each, most of which will be paid over two to five years. (More)




Winchester not-for-profits receive $400,000 from Cummings Foundation
Winchester Patch – 5/24/2012

Winchester, MA OneWorld Boston, Inc., the new grant-making affiliate of Cummings Foundation, recently announced grant awards for four Winchester organizations. The awards of $100,000 each are part of a significant expansion of support from the Woburn-based foundation. (More)




Three Stoneham Organizations Receive $100,000 from Cummings Foundation
Stoneham Patch – 5/24/2012

Stoneham, MA Cummings Foundation, Inc. recently announced a significant expansion of its support for Woburn nonprofit organizations. Three Stoneham organizations received grants of $100,000 each from OneWorld Boston, Inc., the new grant-making affiliate of Cummings Foundation. (More)




Francesca Malvarosa wins coveted McKeown scholarship
Woburn Advocate – May 23, 2012

WOBURN, MA Woburn Memorial High School has selected graduating senior Francesca Malvarosa as this year’s McKeown Scholar. Malvarosa topped 39 classmates to earn the honor, which is accompanied by a $10,000 merit scholarship to be applied to the four-year college or university of her choice.

The McKeown Scholars competition, now in its 16th year, is sponsored by Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. According to Joel Swets, the foundation's executive director, "Francesca is involved in a remarkable number of academic, extracurricular, and community service activities. She is an excellent... (More)



"Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest's Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews."

Father Patrick Desbois, a noted Holocaust researcher and president of Yahad-In-Unum, spoke to more than 400 students and community members on March 13 at Tuft's University's Cohen Auditorium. The French Catholic priest detailed his work revealing undiscovered mass graves from the Holocaust through interviews with residents of small villages in Eastern Europe.

View a video of the lecture.

View event flier

Tufts Daily – March 14, 2012

Woburn Advocate – March 20, 2012


Applications now available for $10,000 McKeown Scholarship
Woburn Patch – 1/19/2012

WOBURN, MA Cummings Foundation and New Horizons at Choate retirement community have announced the 16th Annual McKeown Scholars Program in honor of James L. McKeown, late trustee of New Horizons and president of Cummings Properties. Born and raised in Woburn, McKeown was actively involved in the local community until his death in 1996 at the age of 41.

According to Dennis Clarke, president and CEO of Cummings Properties, “In the past 15 years, the McKeown Scholars Program has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to outstanding Woburn graduates alone, and nearly $2 million ... (More)



Bostonian of the Year Runners-up
The Boston Globe – 1/1/2012

BOSTON, MA In promising to donate most of their considerable fortune to charity, Bill and Joyce Cummings say they are trying to set an example for the country’s wealthiest 1 percent. The Winchester couple, having made hundreds of millions in commercial real estate in Eastern... (More)



New Tufts president becomes Cummings Foundation trustee
Medford Transcript – 12/22/2011

MEDFORD, MA Cummings Foundation, Inc. (CFI) announced this week that Tufts University president Anthony P. Monaco has joined its board of trustees. Founded in 1986, CFI is a private operating foundation funded primarily by Joyce and Bill Cummings, of Winchester. The Woburn-based organization has grown to become one of the largest charitable foundations in New England, with more than...(More)



Bill and Joyce Cummings discuss wealth, philanthropy, and Occupy Boston - December 15, 2011

BOSTON, MA — Joyce and Bill Cummings were featured on WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest running, locally produced, nightly news magazine. During their interview, which starts about one minute into the clip, the founders of Cummings Institute for World Justice discuss wealth, philanthropy, and The Giving Pledge.











Holocaust survivor shares story of escaping concentration camps
The Tufts Daily - November 9, 2011

MEDFORD, MA — Almost 60 years after graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. John Saunders returned to his alma mater to share his incredible, first-hand account of Holocaust survival. Believed to be the only living Tufts alumnus to have survived Hitler's death camps, Saunders will speak to students and community members in honor of Kristellnacht on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m at... (More)




Signing away half their fortune
The Boston Globe – 5/10/2011

WINCHESTER, MA Bill and Joyce Cummings don't live on a sprawling estate, own a jet, or otherwise flaunt their wealth, but the Winchester couple will soon start acting more like billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates. Earlier this month, the Cummingses became the first people in Massachusetts to sign the Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least half of their fortune to charity. (More)



Bill Cummings: finding a new mission in life
Northwest Life Magazine – Winter, 2011

WINCHESTER, MA When Bill and Joyce Cummings go out for a drive from their Winchester home, reminders of Bill's career regularly appear: the corporate headquarters of Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation in Woburn, the Cummings Center in Beverly, and its latest addition, TradeCenter 128 and its landmark Beacon Grille at the intersection of Route 128 and Interstate 93. Bill Cummings, 73, is "semi-retired," having stopped taking a salary in 2007 from... (More)



Holocaust survivor's message: never forget
Winchester Star – 10/28/2010

WINCHESTER, MA One of the worst moments of the late Eliezer Ayalon’s life came when the German guard, with one swift swoop, smacked away his one worldly possession – a small, porcelain cup. It happened at his first of five concentration camps, Blyzin, in the spring of 1943. (More)



Winchester residents donate $1 million to Holocaust education
Winchester Star – 10/16/2010

WINCHESTER, MA According to his wife Joyce, Winchester resident and successful real estate businessman Bill Cummings likes to try things he’s never done before. In the world of philanthropy, there isn’t much left. Cummings, a proud Tufts University... (More)



Tufts donor offers $1 million for Shoah program
The Jewish Advocate – 10/15/2010

A year ago, Bill Cummings and his wife, Joyce, visited Yad Vashem, and listened to a lecturer tell their Tufts University group how he survived five concentration camps in Poland and Austria. "There wasn't a person in that group of 40 who didn't have a handkerchief out, including the... (More)



September 2010 - Centenarian Rose Ring cuts her cake, as she and fellow New Horizons residents and staff members celebrate her 102nd birthday. A resident of the Warren Avenue retirement community for more than five years, Ring is an avid knitter, "unbeatable" in tabletop bowling, and a regular at afternoon coffee socials and weekly movies. Other members of New Horizons' Centenarian Club include Josie Fuchs and Lillian Mahoney.

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: Using animal models in life science development
Central Massachusetts Life Science Industry Success – 11/2009

Just east of Worcester sits another connector in the string of life sciences enterprises in the State. The 702,000 square-foot Grafton Science Park, located on the south side of Route 30, on the campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, occupies approximately 100 acres and represents an ambitious initiative to stimulate economic development in Central Massachusetts.

Through a collaborative research program, veterinarians and scientists from the school assist companies in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries as they take products from concepts to market. (More)


Becoming Cummings
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – 5/6/2005

Tufts University officially changed the name of its veterinary school yesterday to honor two of its benefactors, William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, and their foundation, the Cummings Foundation, Inc.

A celebration was held to mark changing the name of the Route 30 campus from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine to the Cummings... (More)



Tufts University changes name of veterinary school
Tufts University News – 5/6/2005

Tufts University celebrated the generosity of Cummings Foundation, Inc., and its chief benefactors William S. and Joyce M. Cummings, yesterday by changing the name of its veterinary school to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. (More)

Dream harvested

Decades after Depression, a farmer gets his diploma
By Suzanne Sataline, Globe Correspondent | May 27, 2004

Residents at New Horizons Retirement Communities, Independent and Assisted Living, Marlborough, Choate - Woburn MA

John Marion, 87, celebrates his Woburn High diploma yesterday with "classmates" including Chrissy Bigelow, left, and Krystal Burgos outside New Horizons at Choate retirement home. (Globe Staff Photo / Essdras M. Suarez)

WOBURN -- He was resplendent in a black robe and mortarboard, an old farmer with a back crooked from years stooped over lettuce plants. John Marion, surrounded by well-wishers at New Horizons at Choate retirement home, became a high school graduate yesterday at age 87.

The Depression cut short his first attempt at a high school diploma. The kindness of a Woburn high school student waiting tables at his retirement home led to Marion finally getting his diploma.

Marion grew up in Woburn, raised by parents who were among the last of the city's greenhouse-lettuce growers on Route 3. The eldest of five boys and two girls, Marion spent weekends and afternoons harvesting with his siblings. His father and the field hands instructed him on how to pull lettuce from the soil when he was still a toddler. By the time he was in school, growing seasons marked the months. In the winter and spring, they boxed lettuce; during the summer, they harvested cucumbers, then tomatoes.

"I was three-quarters on the farm and one-quarter in school," he likes to say.

When the Depression began, farmers nearby began losing their land to banks and larger farms. The Marion family hung on, selling the large-headed Bell May lettuce crossbred by the Wymans in Arlington. But by 1934, the father needed help and asked his oldest son, a high school junior, to leave school to help out full time. Marion was fond of history class, but he agreed.

He wasn't angry or regretful. "I'd been on the farm all of my life," he said. "I had a good time driving the truck."

Each day Marion drove the unheated Walker Johnson truck to Quincy Market, delivering the produce for sale. Each afternoon he watered row after row of plants, helping his family stay one step ahead of the creditors. He stayed on the farm long after his brothers and sisters enlisted in the war effort. Marion -- unmarried and without children -- sold the farm in 1970.

He took a job supervising a local Christmas tree farm for 15 years. In 1995, he moved to New Horizons, where he lives independently but gets help with meals and transportation. He soon began gardening on the grounds. Every day, residents saw the barrel-chested man with the neatly combed gray hair tending to his tomato plants. Management built raised beds, allowing Marion and other seniors to plant and till without stooping over.

At New Horizons, he started studying again, enrolling in Spanish class, an activity that helped him get to know Krystal Burgos, a student at Woburn High School. As a freshman, she started working at New Horizons after school, serving dinner three nights a week.

Learning the teen's parents were Puerto Rican, Marion would usher her over and try out sentences in Spanish.

"He'd talk about anything. He'd talk about tomatoes," said Burgos, 17. She tended to his dining needs. He's not supposed to have much fat or sugar, she said, so he asks for a teaspoon of those things.

Last year, Burgos read John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" for English class and her teacher assigned students to conduct an oral history with someone who lived during the Depression. Burgos thought of Marion instantly.

"John loves to talk," she remembers thinking. "I'll get an A."

In the following weeks, Burgos and the other students who work at New Horizons learned about Marion's life and that he never finished high school. Burgos decided to give something back to the elderly man. She asked high school principal Robert Norton if Marion could graduate with the rest of the seniors. Norton initially declined, but changed his mind. He and the staff decided to award him an honorary diploma at a special graduation ceremony at the retirement home.

Yesterday, Marion sat in his black cap and gown alongside the five young women, including Burgos, dressed in white graduation robes. Resident Helen Deyst picked out "Pomp and Circumstance" on the piano.

"John," Norton remembered saying, "we give credit at Woburn High School for work study, and 40 years of working at the Marion Farm qualifies you for sufficient life credits to graduate."

Norton presented Marion with an actual diploma, not an honorary one, just as the school has done for the World War II soldiers who left before graduating. The crowd gasped. "I got teary-eyed," Burgos said.

Marion stared wide-eyed, Norton said. Then, the old farmer remembered the school mascot as he gave thanks.

"I'm proud," he said, "to be a Tanner."

Landmark philanthropy - Cummings Foundation gift heralds a new future for veterinary school
Magazine of the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine – Winter, 2004

Cummings Foundation, Inc., has committed to investing $50 million in Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine over the next 15 years -- the largest gift in the history of the university. It also ranks among the largest gifts ever to a Massachusetts college or university. (More)



Annual report of Cummings Foundation

Cummings Foundation commits to Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine

On September 9, 2004, an historic affiliation was announced between the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Cummings Foundation, Inc. Pictured are (from l to r) Tufts Veterinary School Dean Philip Kosch, Cummings Foundation, Inc. president Bill Cummings and Tufts University president Lawrence S. Bacow. (More)


Foundation is new owner of Cummings Park, Woburn

Woburn, MA - Cummings Park and West Cummings Park, the large Woburn office and research complex, has a new owner according to Dennis Clarke, president of Cummings Properties, LLC. Clarke said that Bill Cummings and his family this week gifted the entire 59-acre, office and research complex to Cummings Foundation, Inc. as part of a large-scale charitable donation of most of the family's real estate assets. (More)

$1 Million grant to YMCA

In September 2003, YMCA of the North Shore began construction of a brand new combination teen-recreation and child-care center, located adjacent to its Sterling Center campus on Essex Street in Beverly, MA. A $1 million grant from the Foundation enabled the "Y" to stop leasing space for those programs at Cummings Center and at another location on Tozier Road in Beverly. The new gym will honor the late Douglas Stephens, former 30 year colleague with Bill Cummings, and Executive Vice President of Cummings Properties. (More)




Beverly Colleges

Cummings Foundation, Inc. recently made grants to two Beverly, Massachusetts colleges... Endicott College and North Shore Community College. (More)

James L. McKeown Interchange on I-93

The new Interstate 93 highway interchange in North Woburn was named in honor of Cummings Foundation’s late managing trustee, and Cummings Properties’ late president, James L. McKeown. Massachusetts Senate President Thomas Birmingham announced the naming of the interchange during a Woburn Business... (More)

Former Foundation land is well-used in Beverly

Beverly's James L. McKeown Elementary School was built on 6.5 acres of land, formerly a part of Cummings Center. Ironically, it was Mr. McKeown himself who met with city officials on the site to confirm a gift of the land to the city, just three days before his sudden death on November 13, 1996. (More)

Tufts University

The Foundation’s educational grants at the college level have mostly centered on Tufts University, from which Bill Cummings graduated and where he later served 10 years as a charter trustee. CPF provided $1.5 million, endowing the Cummings Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Business Economics. Professor George Norman is the first holder of the chair. (More)

Music School going strong

Winchester Community Music School is moving toward 10 years in its grand home at 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. Once the estate home of actor/comedian Frank Fontaine, the now fully restored and enlarged Tudor building sits on three acres, just up the hill from the former Mystic... (More)

Supportive Living, Inc.

Supportive Living, Inc. calls its residents "survivors." They have endured a life-changing event and are ready to rebuild their lives. (More)

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