January 21, 2020
Cummings Foundation Gives $15M to 50 Mass. Nonprofits

May 9, 2019 — The Cummings Foundation, based in Woburn, this week announced that it has awarded $15 million in grants to 50 nonprofits based in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties that serve a broad range of causes, including education, homelessness, and food insecurity, as well as services for immigrants, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

The nonprofit recipients first learned of their awards in mid-April through surprise visits by volunteers from the Cummings Foundation .

Grants were made from the foundation's Sustaining Grants program, which provides ongoing funding for 10 years. Each organization’s total grant ranges from $200,000 to $500,000.

“We hope this decade-long commitment allows you to think bigger, to plan for the future, and—perhaps most importantly—to dedicate more of your resources to actually providing services rather than raising money for them,” Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation, told grantees who gathered on May 2 for the Sustaining Grants Awards Night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Artists for Humanity, Boston: To double the number of under-resourced youth it employs to more than 500 by 2021, empowering them with training in fine arts, 3D design, digital media, creative technology, and 21st century workforce skills.

  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Boston: To hire a full-time community engagement specialist in order to increase the number of victims served by 15% through culturally relevant provider trainings and activities promoting awareness.

  • Bellesini Academy, Lawrence: To fund its Alumni Support Program, providing services to alumni throughout high school, college, and beyond in order to ensure that all alumni complete high school and go on to earn a four-year college degree.

  • Bethany Hill Place, Framingham: To continue updating the kitchens and bathrooms in the apartments in its almost 100-year-old building, last updated in 1993-1994, and be able to address urgent infrastructure needs in the building as they arise.

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston: To sustain and grow its evaluations framework and system, align program processes with metrics, train staff on its evaluation system, and share data on needs and program impact to better inform community-based initiatives.

  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston: To improve the health of homeless individuals and families through the work of case managers, who provide the range of basic resources and services they need to access health care and navigate a path out of homelessness.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley, Salisbury: To expand its transportation program and outreach in the communities that it serves in order to continue on its current path of success.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough: To help support its general operating needs and the Success for Life for Youth initiative at the Marlborough Clubhouse for youth ages 7”“18.

  • Bread of Life—Food Access Project, Malden: To continue to increase access to food, provide nutritious and culturally appropriate options, and empower populations being served, who can then participate in the decision-making process of the food pantry.

  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston: To double the number of youth served annually in the Welcome Center, increasing their capacity to end their experiences of homelessness.

  • Brooke Charter Schools, Roslindale: To quintuple the number of Brooke High students benefiting from rigorous computer science instruction and expand the sequence to include Advanced Placement and a fourth-year elective.

  • Brookhouse Home, Salem: To help with the substantial cost of performing repairs and upgrades to its 200-year-old structure and bring the building up to current building and safety codes.

  • C.L.A.S.S.—Community Inclusion, Wilmington: To provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to learn and master life/work skills, contribute rather than be discounted on the basis of stereotypes, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and participate in the community.

  • Catie's Closet, Dracut: To support its aggressive expansion, doubling the number of students served and bringing it closer to its goals to help students living in poverty take advantage of education, realize their potential, and break the cycle of poverty.

  • Children's Law Center of MA, Lynn: To sustain the work of the Immigrant Children's Justice Project, designed to safeguard the legal rights of immigrant youth in Essex County.

  • The Children's Room: Center for Grieving, Arlington: To maintain, expand, and develop programs offered free of charge to children and teens and their caregivers who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling.

  • De Novo—Legal Programs, Cambridge: To provide vital free civil legal assistance and affordable mental health counseling to help low-income and under-served populations access basic human needs.

  • Discovering Justice, Boston: To increase access to its classroom and after-school programs by 15% annually, providing more than 87,000 K-8 students with access to a high-quality civics education.

  • En Ka Society, Winchester: To support and enhance its Social Service Program in order to address the needs of financially challenged residents.

  • English At Large, Woburn: To sustain and expand programs that address the growing need for high-quality English language instruction for local immigrants facing barriers to achieving their life goals.

  • Enroot—Immigrant Youth Programs, Cambridge: To replicate its program in three new cities, growing its annual number of students served from 175 to more than 1,000.

  • Family Nurturing Center of MA, Dorchester: To increase by 50% the number of families engaged in its Family Support Network programming (home visiting, parent-child playgroups, parenting education) in Boston neighborhoods.

  • Friends of Excel Academy, East Boston: To sustain its College Access and Post-Secondary Success (CAPS) program, which combines in-school programming with post-secondary support.

  • Friends of the Children—Boston, Jamaica Plain: To provide long-term professional mentoring to Boston's highest risk youth and to support its Strategic Growth Plan with deeper partnerships, improved data, and enhanced programming.

  • Grameen Research, Woburn: To increase the number of loans for income-producing activities to under-served women in low-income immigrant communities, giving these women a chance to protect and support their families.

  • Heading Home, Charlestown: To provide approximately 30 homeless families annually with transitional housing and intensive coaching on self-sufficiency, economic mobility, and career development as a pathway to permanent housing.

  • House of Hope, Lowell: To maintain its Learn2Work program, which trains current homeless heads of households in food service, food preparation, ServeSafe, and allergen management while producing meals for its three family shelters.

  • InnerCity Weightlifting, Dorchester: To double its footprint in Boston through expansion, reach twice as many students, and quadruple the number of personal training and corporate customers within the next decade.

  • Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Framingham: To expand program reach to the area elderly LGBT community; partner with Fenway Health to design and provide culture-competence training to navigators and local medical providers; and help frail LGBT elders build social capital.

  • KIPP Massachusetts, Lynn: To continue to provide support to its students in grades K-12 and through college and career, with 75% of its alumni graduating from college and 100% living lives of opportunity, independence, and impact.

  • LEAP for Education, Salem: To strengthen its organizational infrastructure, maximize the impact of its programs, and empower more under-served and first-generation students to succeed in college, career, and life.

  • Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Lowell: To increase by 50% the number of Lowell's at-risk students whose lives will be changed through after-school science education and outdoor learning opportunities.

  • Lynn Shelter Association, Lynn: To relocate its emergency shelter and possibly other programs: To a new location, allowing it to improve and enhance services for homeless clients.

  • MA Down Syndrome Congress, Burlington: To empower individuals with Down syndrome and their families by expanding and sustaining its Family Support Center, which provides services and supports to ensure they lead fulfilling lives.

  • Minute Man Arc for Human Services, Concord: To enable adults with developmental and physical disabilities to age in place through accessible housing and technology.

  • The Nature Connection, Concord: To nearly double its program sites to 34, enabling it to reach 650 individuals of all abilities, and to train more than 750 caregivers both in person and via webinars.

  • Operation Delta Dog, Chelmsford: To expand veteran mental health services, public education opportunities, and foster programming, and then work to expand its service area.

  • Our Neighbors' Table, Amesbury: To create a food-secure region by providing universal, comprehensive food access to all individuals living in northeastern Essex County.

  • PAIR Project, Boston: To transform the Asylum Intake Initiative into a full-fledged Asylum Intake Program, expanding the number of potential asylum seekers served and ensuring access to justice.

  • Professional Center for Child Development, Andover: To support the growth and development of its programming for children ages 3-5, initially focusing on expanding the inclusive multi-disciplinary preschool to a full day and doubling enrollment.

  • Project RIGHT, Roxbury: To double the number of Black and Brown male students, from 50 to 100, who participate in the Boy's RIGHT group discussions and prevention activities.

  • Regis College, Weston: To entrench responsive, innovative educational supports and practices, advancing the pipeline of nursing professionals responding to the region's diverse and evolving healthcare needs.

  • The School for Field Studies, Beverly: To increase the number of undergraduate students enrolled in global environmental field research courses from 600 to 1,000 annually.

  • SEEM Collaborative, Stoneham: To enhance the educational opportunities and experience for all students by providing high-quality, cost-efficient educational programs and services that complement and strengthen the school programs of the member districts.

  • SeniorCare—Protective Services, Beverly: To hire a protective services intensive case manager who will provide more rigorous and time-intensive delivery of support to elderly people with behavioral health needs that increase their risk of institutionalization or homelessness.

  • Thrive Support & Advocacy, Marlborough: To significantly increase numbers of youth, families, and communities served and to address the unmet needs of children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Urban College of Boston, Boston: To expand opportunities for immigrants through the Bilingual Early Education Program (BEEP), student support services, and institutional aid awards.

  • Waypoint Adventure, Lexington: To empower people with disabilities to get off the sidelines by participating in adventure education programs, thus reducing the unusually high obesity, unemployment, and secondary school drop-out rates they currently face.

  • The Wish Project, Lowell: To obtain new space and maintain service levels to more than 65,000 low-income residents of the Merrimack Valley in an effort to help break the cycle of repeated homelessness.

  • X-Cel Education, Jamaica Plain: To double the number of well-paying career pathways it offers and increase support services to ensure 50% more X-Cel students complete post-secondary education and become economically self-sufficient.
Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 46-member volunteer committee, which included CEOs, former state legislators, a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and a Boston Globe reporter.

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