Cummings Foundation Announces Grants Totaling $10 Million

Cummings Foundation Announces Grants Totaling $10 Million

The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced grants of $100,000 each to a hundred local nonprofits through its $100K for 100 program.

Now in its sixth year, the program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year's grantees serve thirty-five cities in the greater Boston area and work in a range of issue areas, including education, violence prevention, food insecurity, homelessness prevention, and affordable housing.

Selected from nearly five hundred and fifty applicants, the 2017 recipients of the place-based program include Artists For Humanity, which serves low-income Boston teens; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence; the Brazilian Worker Center, which helps low-wage immigrant workers fight workplace abuse; Medford Public Schools; the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts; and Thrive Communities of Massachusetts, which works to empower formerly incarcerated adults reentering society. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

Founded in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings, who became signatories of the Giving Pledge in 2011, the foundation has awarded more than $170 million in grants to date, mostly to local nonprofits.

"These one hundred nonprofit organizations are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work," said Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets. "We are delighted to invest in their efforts."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Cummings Foundation website.

"100 Greater Boston Nonprofits Awarded $100,000 Each." Cummings Foundation Press Release 06/14/2017. "Congrats to Our 2017 Grant Winners." Cummings Foundation Webpage 06/12/2017.