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Fox News Story on $100K for 100 program
June 8, 2018

Cummings Foundation donates $100,000 to 100 non-profit organizations annually through the $100K for 100 program. Watch the video to see the excitement of the night. “I don't think of it as proud so much as happy. We really enjoy it, the opportunity to confront all these happy people,” Bill said of the event.

Bill Cummings on "Greater Boston" with Jim Braude
April 24, 2018

WGBH “Greater Boston” news host Jim Braude interviewed Bill on his decision to donate nearly all of his fortune to mostly local charities. They discuss Bill and Joyce’s membership in the Giving Pledge and how they hope to inspire others to give back.

WBZ News Feature on Cummings Foundation
April 20, 2018

Having just given away $10 million to about 30 nonprofits in the Boston area, Bill says, “We can all do something. We can give of ourselves, of our time. We can give our physical labor. If we have financial ability, we can give that. And working together, it changes society.” Click the video below to see the nonprofits’ joy in receiving the funding and Bill’s joy in giving it all away.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Academy of Distinguished Bostonians
May 8, 2017

Joyce and Bill were inducted into Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. With the theme ROI: Return on Influence, the Chamber celebrated honorees who have "invested their time, talents, and influence to build a stronger region." Click below to view the tribute video and Joyce and Bill's acceptance speech.

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Bloomberg Markets Radio Interview
May 8, 2017

"You may not have a private plane. But you definitely have a moral compass, which I think is really really needed in today's society."

Bloomberg Radio host Carol Massar spoke these words toward the end of a live interview with Joyce and Bill Cummings, just hours before Joyce and Bill were honored by Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as "2017 Distinguished Bostonians."

Listen to the full interview.

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Endicott College Commencement
May 21, 2016

Bill and Joyce Cummings delivered the 2016 commencement speech at Endicott College, addressing more than 4,000 graduates, family members, faculty, and staff. President Richard E. Wylie presented Bill and Joyce with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

View full transcript here

Catholic Charities Justice and Compassion Award
May 11, 2016

Given to recognize extensive philanthropic contributions and social impact on the Greater Boston community.

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Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Commencement
May 17, 2015

Ten years after making a $50 million commitment to what thereafter became known as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Joyce and Bill Cummings addressed the 33rd graduating class.

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Cardinal O' Malley Visit to New Horizons
January 30, 2015

Bill Cummings had the honor of offering welcoming remarks when Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley said Mass at New Horizons at Marlborough.

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McKeown Plaza Dedication at Salem State University
July 16, 2014

Salem State University dedicated the James L. McKeown Memorial Plaza, honoring the late "Jamie" McKeown, a magna cum laude graduate of the Class of 1977 and president of Cummings Properties from 1990 until his sudden death in 1996.

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Boston Business Journal Visionary Award
May 23, 2014

BBJ's Visionary Award is presented each year to recognize the movers and shakers in the Greater Boston commercial real estate industry.

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Tuft University's Tisch College Real Estate Luncheon
April 4, 2014

Bill spoke to fellow Tufts alumni and real estate professionals about how he got started in the business as well as about his recent shift to philanthropy.

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Irish International Immigration Center Solas Award
December 6, 2013

Named from the Gaelic word for "Light," IIIC's Solas Awards are presented annually to individuals whose work is inspirational and who are committed to giving back to their communities.

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NAIOP Edward H. Linde Public Service Award
November 7, 2013

Honoring civic and charitable contributions, along with a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community.

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$100K for 100 Grantee Reception
August 8, 2013

Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 300 people, including staff and board members from the local nonprofits that received grants of $100,000 each.

Salem State University Commencement
May 18, 2013

Bill and Joyce Cummings together delivered the 2013 undergraduate commencement speech at Salem State University.

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The Boston Foundation Annual Meeting
May 30, 2012

At an event presented by The Boston Foundation, at the Kennedy Library, Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 400 representatives of local nonprofits. 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.

Chronicle Interview
December 15, 2011

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 Foundation discuss wealth, philanthropy, and The Giving Pledge.

Watch the video here

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