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LitmanGerson Associates, LLP

(LGA), provided a tremendous service to the Foundation by gathering and presenting the financial data, and assisting the Foundation in its evaluation of the data for all Sustaining Grant applicants. LGA, a quality accounting firm in Woburn, has been a leasing client of the Cummings organization for more than 35 years. Cummings Foundation is grateful for LGA's willingness to apply its nonprofit knowledge and experience toward supporting the Foundation and our philanthropy.

Cummings Foundation is delighted to award $25 million annually to nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County through the $100K for 100 program. In addition to $10 million in initial funding, the program awards $15 million each year as extensions of the original grants. These follow-on awards are called Sustaining Grants.

Recognizing the value and rarity of long-term financial support for nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, Sustaining Grants provide ongoing funding, typically from $20,000 to $50,000 annually, for up to 10 years.

In addition to rewarding and supporting the work of especially effective $100K for 100 winners, the awarding of Sustaining Grants precludes the need for these organization to then compete within the $100K for 100 program, thus increasing other charities' probabilities of receiving $100K for 100 awards.


Procedure and Eligibility

There is no application to begin the process for Sustaining Grants; rather, the Sustaining Grants Committee narrows the list of eligible charities by considering each organization's successful performance under the $100K for 100 Grant Agreement, including its satisfactory completion of Impact Reports. The ease of a nonprofit's relationship with Cummings Foundation is also considered. Semi-finalists will be asked to make a presentation to Foundation volunteers, and then finalists will submit a brief proposal and undergo a site visit .

The Foundation benefits greatly from the generous pro bono assistance of more than 65 volunteers with diverse backgrounds and experience. As members of various committees, these volunteers select the majority of grant winners each year.


Early summer      Sustaining Grants finalists are determined

Late summer        Semi-finalists participate in Presentation Days

Early fall                Finalists submit Requests for Funding

Fall – Winter         Sustaining Grants Committee conducts site visits

Spring                   Winners announced


2018 Sustaining Grants Winners

Essex County

Express Yourself

To provide more at-risk youth and youth affected by mental illness across the North Shore with transformative experiences through arts immersion.

Family Services of the Merrimack Valley

To create and support trusting relationships between youth and adult mentors through its Stand & Deliver academic youth mentoring and career readiness.

For Kids Only Afterschool

To provide access to enrichment programs to more children, including those affected by disabilities, trauma exposure, or social isolation, or who are otherwise at-risk.

Neighbors in Need

To provide plentiful food, locally grown produce, and other high-nutrition foods to more families in need throughout Greater Lawrence.

New England Home for the Deaf

To prevent isolation, foster psycho-social wellbeing, and improve quality of life for the underserved deafblind elder population of Essex County.

North Shore InnoVentures

To create more local high-value technology jobs by doubling its number of incubated companies and maintaining a full-time mentoring program.

Pathways for Children

To increase the amount of time that high-risk pre-school children spend in class, and provide opportunities for enrichment through field trips.

Middlesex County


To expand the FirstStep Outreach Program and improve the health and wellbeing of more unsheltered residents of Cambridge, particularly those struggling with addiction.

Cotting School

To enable all Cotting students with disabilities to participate in after-school activities, and provide older students with meaningful jobs that could lead to employment in adulthood.

Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gymnasium

To foster youth literacy skills and reading within the Medford Club's afterschool academic support and enrichment programs.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell

To strengthen families and communities through building or repairing owner-occupied homes for low-income families.

Improbable Players

To educate more students on issues of addiction through its addiction- and recovery-themed in-school theatre performances.

May Institute

To increase the number of students supported through the educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services offered at its Wilmington location.

Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership

To educate, counsel, and prepare more families for responsible homeownership.

MetroWest Free Medical Program

To provide healthcare to uninsured, low-income patients by expanding volunteer and staff capacity and increasing free clinic hours and services.

Minuteman Senior Services

To improve the health and wellness of more people through the expansion of preventive services like Meals on Wheels, benefits counseling, and evidence-based healthy living programs.

Mission of Deeds

To expand weekend hours and services, providing increased flexibility and access for families in need of beds, used furniture, and household items.


To expand its housing assistance program to help low-income domestic violence survivors escape homelessness.

The Community Family

To increase the number of people served through the therapeutic and engaging activities programs at its three centers.

The Giving Camp

To double the number of volunteers and guests with disabilities, thereby increasing the Camp's capacity to foster an environment of inclusion by providing community-based activities for people living with mental or physical disabilities.

The Second Step

To serve more youth survivors of domestic violence through its resilience-informed group and individual services, and to increase capacity to facilitate new LGBQ/T and Narrative Healing groups.

Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community

To increase the reach of its substance abuse prevention programs and to implement more efficient pathways to substance abuse treatment.

Suffolk County

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

To include cultural responsiveness training within its mentoring programs, and continue to innovate gender-sensitive case management, enrichment services, and post-secondary support programs.

Boston CASA

To triple the number of abused and neglected children who receive Court Appointed Special Advocates over the next five years.

Elizabeth Stone House

To support more children traumatized by domestic violence by increasing therapeutic childcare capacity and adding free therapeutic bridge childcare for community-based survivors.


To expand the Children’s Savings Account movement by adding parental education and financial asset building for college achievement.

Julie's Family Learning Program

To stabilize and strengthen more families by providing parents with life and employment skills while offering early education and childcare to their children.

Lawyers Clearinghouse

To help more low-income people avoid homelessness by providing free legal services that help remove barriers, resolve issues, and improve lives.

Rosie's Place

To support year-round food programs for poor and homeless women and their children.


To provide those at risk of suicide, as well as suicide loss survivors, with 24-hour befriending intervention, proactive prevention education and outreach, and grief support.

Silver Lining Mentoring

To increase the number of foster youth served and empowered through its mentoring, life skills, and clinical support programs.

St. Anthony Shrine Women’s Health Clinic

To enhance the clinic's capacity to serve and care for Boston's most vulnerable women, with the goal of serving 35 percent more patients.


To provide more low-income and historically disenfranchised students with transformative literacy instruction through new partnerships with teachers, schools, and districts.


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CommonWealth Kitchen

To enhance the training programs it provides to early stage food companies in an effort to create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen the regional food economy.

Generations Inc.

To support its volunteer recruitment and training efforts so it can serve 200 additional children each year with reading and literacy programming.

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell

To expand its Outreach Program over time to every elementary and middle school in Lowell, teaching girls creative pursuits, self-reliance, and critical thinking.

Lawrence CommunityWorks

To improve parent engagement and employment outcomes of Lawrence Public Schools families, with a two-generation approach to community change.


To invest in its social enterprise work crew, which provide job opportunities and education for young people returning from incarceration or leaving gangs.

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