September 22, 2019
Mass. Nonprofits Get a Surprise: $10M in Sustaining Grants

Cummings Foundation volunteer Ric Bush delivers the news to Improbable Players Co-Director Christina Everett.
April 23, 2018 — The Cummings Foundation today announced it has awarded $10 million to 33 nonprofits in Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties, that will provide a steady flow of funds for up to 10 years, a surprise to all the recipients.

The awards, made in recent days, will provide each organization with annual installments of between $20,000 and $50,000.

The new Sustaining Grants program builds on the $100K for 100 program that the Cummings Foundation launched six years ago, which annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2017 were automatically considered for the new funding initiative in 2018.

“Long-term financial support is rare for nonprofits, making fundraising a constant and time-consuming task,” said Joyce Vyriotes, the foundation's deputy director. “The Sustaining Grants are intended to provide some relief, allowing these organizations to focus more of their time and energy on delivering and enhancing their important services.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

Essex County
  • Express Yourself
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • For Kids Only Afterschool
  • Neighbors in Need
  • New England Home for the Deaf
  • North Shore InnoVentures
  • Pathways for Children
Middlesex County
  • Coalition for a Safer Community
  • Cotting School
  • Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gymnasium
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell
  • Improbable Players
  • May Institute
  • Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership
  • Metro West Free Medical Program
  • Minuteman Senior Services
  • Mission of Deeds
  • The Community Family
  • The Giving Camp
  • The Second Step
Suffolk County
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Boston CASA
  • Elizabeth Stone House
  • Inversant
  • Julie's Family Learning Program
  • Lawyers Clearinghouse
  • Rosie's Place
  • Samaritans
  • Silver Lining Mentoring
  • St. Anthony Shrine Women’s Health Clinic
  • WriteBoston
Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 40-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of companies and organizations in Greater Boston, a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and a noted Boston Globe reporter. Committee members conducted two site visits with each nonprofit to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

These volunteers also personally informed the grant winners by hand-delivering award packages.

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