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June 25, 2022
 
Cummings Foundation Awards $25 Million to 140 Nonprofits in Greater Boston
Cummings Foundation

June 4, 2022 — The Cummings Foundation last month awarded $25 million to 140 nonprofits in greater Boston. The Foundation said it granted $100,000 to 100 of the recipients (to be disbursed between 2 to 5 years), and 40 received between $200,000 and $500,000, to be paid over 10 years — those higher awards are indicated next to the recipient’s name. The list of grantees is alphabetical by city or town, although there is a listing for Boston as well as separate sections for several Boston neighborhoods, including Dorchester and Roxbury.

Underneath each grant recipient is a description in quotes, taken from the Foundation’s announcement, of the nonprofits’ stated purpose for the grants.

Acton

Discovery Museum

“To facilitate improved relationships between incarcerated young fathers at MCI-Concord and their visiting children through family activities.”

Innovators for Purpose

“To expand access to our programs so as to broaden the pipeline of underrepresented youth pursuing high-impact college and career pathways.”

Amesbury

Link House

“To hire a recovery coach, who will provide person-centered, strength-based supports to help people manage their recovery from substance dependence.”

Andover

Andover Community Trust

“To develop affordable homes, supply sites for students training in construction, and provide outreach to homeseekers and community members.”

Mass School of Law

“To provide graduate-level instruction on business demands, laws, and regulatory matters as well as solutions to common legal issues in business.”

Arlington

Arlington Youth Counseling Center—$500,000

“To provide comprehensive mental health services to youth and families as well as other community-based social services to residents in need.”

The bIRch House

“To provide survivors of incest and childhood sexual abuse with free specialized recovery programming, including support groups, workshops, and events.”

Fidelity House

“To meet the transportation needs of our School Age Child Care after-school program, day camps, and low-income youth.”

Food Link—$500,000

“To annually rescue up to 2 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food from being wasted and distribute it to those living with food insecurity.”

Visiting Nurse & Community Care—$500,000

“To assess and meet the physical and safety needs of elderly people returning home from the hospital while maintaining open communication with caregivers.”

Bedford

Nashoba Learning Group—$500,000

“To provide adults with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions with weekly outings that provide training in the activities of daily living.”

Beverly

Beverly Bootstraps—$500,000

“To embed an additional case manager in the community and expand our case management model to provide intensive long-term support.”

Cabot Performing Arts Center

“To foster self-expression and teach filmmaking skills through In Focus, a new program of filmmaking classes for at-risk, marginalized youths.”

Harborlight Community Partners

“To create and preserve affordable homes with full supportive services for families, seniors, individuals, people with disabilities, and those who have experienced homelessness.”

Lappin Foundation

“To deliver a Holocaust Symposium for teens at middle schools, high schools, youth group meeting places, and teen engagement centers.”

Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore

“To advance industry training and job opportunities, with a focus on underserved communities, to better prepare students for high-paying jobs in the life sciences.”

Billerica

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica

“To increase the size and operating hours of our STEAMcenter Makerspace so as to allow for additional programming, member participation and retention, and equipment.”

Rise Again: The Sabrina Best Foundation

“To provide scholarships to allow women who lack financial resources to enter a safe, supportive, MASH-certified sober home to continue the journey of recovery from substance use disorder.”

Boston

Alliance for Business Leadership

“To create the Alliance Civic Leadership Initiative (ACLI) in order to equip business leaders with the civic skills they will need to be advocates for equity and social change.”

Artisan's Asylum

“To provide underserved kids in Allston-Brighton with after-school instruction in STEAM fields through hands-on learning and mentoring delivered with our youth-focused community partners.”

Beyond Conflict

“To help Boston-based social justice organizations achieve data-driven, measurable impact through the development of new theories of change and training informed by brain and behavioral science.”

Black Economic Council of Massachusetts

“To provide direct technical assistance and other business support to micro and small businesses owned by people of color across Massachusetts.”

Boston Children's Museum

“To support the fabrication and associated programming efforts of the Our City exhibit, which focuses on social justice and empathy.”

Boston Public Library Fund

“To provide free academic support to K-8 youth throughout the BPL system, and employment to Boston-area teen mentors, through an in-person and virtual Homework Assistance Program.”

BUILD Boston

“To provide teens in under-resourced schools with BUILD’s entrepreneurship program and enhance our curriculum to address pandemic-related learning loss and opportunity gaps.”

CAIR-MA—$250,000

“To provide low-income Muslim immigrants and refugees with culturally sensitive pro bono immigration and civil rights services.”

Cambridge College

“To provide minority K-12 girls and other students of color from Suffolk, Essex, and Middlesex counties with a direct pathway into STEM careers.”

Camp Harbor View—$1,000,000

“To support youth development work at our Leadership Academy and a new two-year equity initiative designed to provide guaranteed income to families in Boston.”

Emerson Prison Initiative

“To better serve the Initiative's existing incarcerated students, expand to a new site, and facilitate a stronger reentry process that positions those who parole for future success.”

Emmanuel College—$500,000

“To create a resource partnership for women/BIPOC-owned organizations by providing interns and business solutions through Emmanuel’s live case study and guided internship program.”

FamilyAid Boston

“To improve the immediate and long-term health of more than 800 children facing homelessness by connecting them to the critical behavioral health services they need.”

HomeStart

“To sustain and expand our approach to ending and preventing homelessness—housing search, eviction prevention, and housing stabilization services—in Cambridge, Boston, and beyond.”

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

“To expand our network of intergenerational programs and tech training sites for older adults living in public/affordable housing and support our mission to prevent social isolation and loneliness.”

Lovin’ Spoonfuls—$500,000

“To provide low-income people experiencing food insecurity with fresh, nutritious food through our food rescue and hunger relief operation in Suffolk, Middlesex, and Essex counties.”

Mass Advocates for Children—$350,000

“To address the (COVID-driven) widening achievement gap and increased mental health needs of English language learners in Lawrence through parent advocacy services and training.”

Mass College of Art and Design

“To support Artward Bound, a free four-year college prep program on MassArt’s campus that is unlike any other program offered in the U.S.”

Mass Women’s Political Caucus

“To increase the number of women being appointed to municipal boards and serving in municipal office.”

Mass Wonderfund

“To provide kids who have endured trauma and are entering foster care with clothing and other essentials as well as enrichment activities like summer camp, art classes, and sports.”

MassINC—$350,000

“To provide Gateway Cities support in assessing and implementing inclusive procurement practices and policies in municipal government and large private sector organizations.”

MassRobotics

“To provide young women of color a direct pathway to transform an interest in STEM to a passion and career in STEM.”

Philanthropy Massachusetts

“To increase access to high-quality training for development professionals by providing scholarships, particularly to BIPOC practitioners and/or leaders of small and grassroots nonprofits.”

Prisoners’ Legal Services of Mass

“To provide direct legal aid and self-help tools to improve conditions for incarcerated women and increase their access to release mechanisms that facilitate reentry success.”

Raising A Reader Massachusetts—$300,000

“To promote kindergarten readiness by enhancing our dual literacy intervention for families by adding key social-emotional and academic content and increased BIPOC peer leadership.”

Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership

“To end domestic violence and elder abuse by building faith community capacity and partnerships.”

Sibling Connections—$250,000

“To reconnect more siblings separated by foster care placements by increasing the number of separated sibling groups served through our Weekend Retreats and Sibling Sunday programs.”

SparkShare

“To empower the next generation of problem solvers by growing a vibrant network, thereby catalyzing youths and adults to solve problems that matter to all of us.”

University of Massachusetts Boston

“To provide underrepresented UMass Boston undergraduates interested in health careers with internships at health equity nonprofits in communities of color most affected by COVID-19.”

Veronica Robles Cultural Center

“To provide Latinx immigrant youths and families with culturally affirming arts education and performances while fostering cross-cultural connections with Boston’s other communities.”

Women of Color Entrepreneurs

“To help women of color entrepreneurs in the Boston metro region grow their businesses through programming, technical assistance, mentorship, access to funding opportunities, and peer support.”

Boston -- Dorchester

City Mission—$250,000

“To help 60 low-income single mothers attain economic security and advance their futures with stable housing, education, and employment.”

Codman Square Health Center

“To train and deploy navigators to assist patients in utilizing telehealth technology.”

College Bound Dorchester—$350,000

“To foster collegiate success among gang-involved youth by redirecting their entrepreneurial, networking, and leadership skills from violence to positive change.”

Cristo Rey Boston High School

“To sustain a full-scholarship, academically rigorous college prep education in order to close the opportunity gap for collegebound students in families of limited means.”

Freedom House—$350,000

“To remove barriers to educational success by providing Black and Brown students with college-level learning opportunities, college prep programs, and ongoing coaching throughout college.”

Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts

“To expand academic, mentorship, and internship opportunities for Boston’s most vulnerable youth through our Student Trainer program.”

VietAID

“To provide a community-centric approach to destigmatizing and addressing mental health needs of the Vietnamese immigrant and refugee community of Dorchester.”

Boston -- Hyde Park

Young Man with a Plan

“To support holistic mentoring and success planning for young low-income Black and Latino men in Boston.”

Boston -- Jamaica Plain

Girls Rock Campaign Boston

“To expand our ability to provide transformative music-based programming for girls and youths of marginalized gender identities by increasing our staff and securing a multi-use space.”

Hyde Square Task Force—$400,000

“To provide 250 BIPOC students annually with pre-college support, as well as ongoing coaching throughout college, through our College Success Program (CSP).”

Rehearsal for Life

“To increase the social and emotional health of Boston youths, equipping students with the self-knowledge, community connection, and agency to succeed.”

Union of Minority Neighborhoods

“To provide social justice advocacy, economic resources, skills workshops, and leadership training to low-income community members of color.”

Boston -- Roxbury

826 Boston—$400,000

“To expand individualized writing support to three new schools, using an innovative school partnership model for writing and student leadership opportunities.”

About Fresh—$500,000

“To further expand our weekly mobile markets across low-income Boston communities in order to increase healthy food sales and uplift local food culture through nutrition education events.”

Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology

“To increase diversity in technology fields and the building trades by providing access, equity, and multiple pathways into skilled careers.”

Center for Teen Empowerment—$350,000

“To recruit, hire, train, and pay BIPOC youth to lead social justice change activities that promote an end to community violence and racial oppression.”

Fathers’ Uplift

“To expand our staff of therapeutic coaches to serve 25 additional fathers from historically marginalized communities, helping them overcome barriers and grow father/child relationships.”

La Alianza Hispana

“To provide Boston’s low-income Latinx immigrants and their families with high-quality social and public health services in an effort to help this vulnerable community to thrive.”

New Beginnings Re-Entry Services

“To build the capacity of formerly incarcerated women to be their own advocates and create a positive new beginning.”

Project Hope—$500,000

“To renovate our Family Shelter, transforming underused space to accommodate large families and those with special needs and creating accessible common areas to build community.”

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center—$250,000

“To provide trauma support using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, including exposure to violence, poverty, and racism.”

Sojourner House

“To upgrade our technology in order to enable staff to work more efficiently and provide residents with improved capabilities and more programming in today’s virtual environment.”

Cambridge

Bridges Homeward—$350,000

“To strengthen permanency-focused programming for foster youths served by CFCS with the goal to help create or enhance safe and stable parenting relationships.”

Cambridge Affordable Housing Corporation

“To provide youths living in public housing, from grade six through year four of college, with the skills they need to gain economic mobility.”

Cambridge Women’s Center—$400,000

“To provide women seeking support and connection with free and accessible drop-in respite, emotional support, computer access, food, survival supplies, resource referrals, workshops, and community.”

Community Art Center

“To provide safe, reliable transportation for young children from their schools to Community Art Center’s Early Education and Child Care program.”

Educational Divide Reform

“To provide academic instruction and mentoring to economically disadvantaged immigrant students in grades four through eight in Woburn.”

The Loop Lab

“To increase our capacity to educate, train, and enable young people of color to join the digital AV workforce and become storytellers in the creative economy.”

Mass BioEd Foundation

“To support BioTeach program activities through teacher training, curriculum development, career exploration, expanded work in low-income schools, and lab equipment grants and loans.”

The Next Step Fund

“To support greater numbers of at-risk youths living with cancer, HIV/AIDs, and rare genetic disorders in visualizing and realizing their potential through community, music, and mentorship.”

Concord

Open Table

“To expand our mobile food programs and deliver more prepared meals and groceries throughout our service area.”

ThinkGive

“To promote emotional wellbeing and empowerment in under-resourced youths in Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex counties through a classroom-centered, student-driven social emotional learning program.”

Danvers

Essex County Community Foundation—$350,000

“To provide computers, affordable internet access, and digital literacy training to 800 low-income households across Essex County, improving access to employment, education, and telehealth.”

Mass Center for Native American Awareness

“To provide low-income Native American college students in the North Shore region with culturally sensitive mentoring and vital educational resources.”

Framingham

Brazilian American Center

“To expand our staff in order to help vulnerable immigrants, strengthen our institutional capacities, and build and consolidate strategic alliances.”

Metrowest Workers Center

“To provide immigrants with legal services concerning their rights as employees, including payment of wages, workers’ compensation, and other employment and immigration matters.”

RIA—$250,000

“To strengthen our organizational capacity to sustainably fund our specialized recovery program for majority women survivors of sex trafficking in greater Boston, the MetroWest, and Worcester.”

Gloucester

Backyard Growers—$250,000

“To provide students and low-income residents with access to affordable fresh vegetables and food system learning opportunities through backyard, community, and school gardens and programs.”

Haverhill

Buttonwoods Museum

“To provide inspiring educational programs about Greater Haverhill by adding historically marginalized voices, thereby offering a more inclusive narrative of local and state history.”

Ipswich

House of Peace

“To provide transitional support and residential services for refugees from Afghanistan and other war-affected countries referred from Catholic Charities and other refugee agencies.”

Lawrence

Cor Unum Meal Center

“To continue to expand the youth job training program and develop innovative mechanisms to address additional food insecurity issues related to youths and young adults.”

Merrimack Valley Dream Center

“To purchase and operate a mobile shower unit in Lawrence and Haverhill to provide hot showers, hygiene products, haircuts, and a free monthly health clinic to those experiencing homelessness.”

Northeast Legal Aid

“To support the Medical-Legal Partnership between Northeast Legal Aid and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.”

Notre Dame Education Center – Lawrence—$250,000

“To support all programs that are not currently state grant-funded, including our Nursing Assistant Program, citizenship classes, and facilities costs.”

Uncommon Threads

“To support the continued operations of emergency and workforce clothing distribution services as well as personal development programs serving nearly 2,000 low-income women.”

Lexington

Community Therapeutic Day School

“To provide social and psychotherapeutic services to low-income children and families and reach a more diverse population of individuals in need.”

Eliot Community Human Services

“To provide expanded peer-to-peer mental health and suicide prevention programming to students and professional development for educators in Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Chelsea, and Everett.”

Wildflower—$350,000

“To provide enriching experiences and support to children and their widowed parents to help them recover from the trauma of parental loss.”

Lincoln

Carroll School

“To provide tuition assistance for students with language-based learning differences (such as dyslexia) who have a clear financial need and have not had academic success in a traditional school.”

Lowell

Acre Family Child Care—$350,000

“To provide training, coaching, technical assistance, and crisis support to more than 60 women who operate family childcare programs and care for more than 375 families and 400 children.”

Alternative House

“To provide supportive housing case management to increase housing access for survivors of domestic violence.”

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell

“To expand Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell’s Enrichment program, where young people become global citizens and agents for equity.”

Dwelling House of Hope

“To empower immigrant women in Lowell by providing life and work skills training, work experience, and assistance moving into the workforce.”

Elevate New England

“To expand full-time teacher-mentor personnel to serve new at-risk high school, middle school, and elementary school students the public schools have assigned to our program.”

Thom Anne Sullivan Center—$200,000

“To empower families to foster a safe and healthy environment for their young children by providing multicultural parental and caregiver resources and sponsoring community-based safety events.”

Lynn

Boys & Girls Club of Lynn—$500,000

“To set and sustain the long-term financial security of our very successful STEAM-focused programming for at-risk teens.”

Essex County Community Organization

“To address the racial wealth gap by creating opportunities for the construction of affordable housing in cities and towns across the North Shore.”

My Brother’s Table

“To provide hospitality and free meals both on site and throughout the community of Lynn to anyone in need.”

New American Association of Mass

“To hire a case manager to provide low-income immigrants from Lynn and Lowell with resources designed to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

Malden

The Immigrant Learning Center

“To provide immigrant and refugee adults in greater Boston with free intensive English language programs, helping them to become successful workers, parents, and community members.”

Marlborough

Cancer1Source

“To provide a co-pay assistance card for non-pharmaceutical out-of-pocket medical expenses for those in cancer care.”

Medford

Friends of the Medford Family Network

“To hire an additional employee to provide necessary outreach, as well as family and community engagement, to better connect us with families across our diverse community.”

Melrose

Melrose Alliance Against Violence

“To provide youth education and prevention programming that addresses bullying, teen dating violence, and sexual assault in an effort to stop domestic violence before it starts.”

Methuen

Methuen Arlington Neighborhood

“To continue to provide and expand our educational, cultural, and recreational programs at no cost to low-income youth and families of Methuen Arlington Neighborhood.”

Natick

The Metrowest ESL Fund—$250,000

“To provide on-site ESL classes, including counseling support, for MetroWest residents.”

RCS Learning Center—$250,000

“To provide high-quality individualized behavioral and educational services for children diagnosed with Autism through innovation in four main educational concentration areas.”

Newburyport

Runway for Recovery

“To strengthen our Family Grants Program, which benefits local at-risk families and children who have experienced the loss of a parent or caretaker to breast cancer.”

Newton

Public Interest Law Foundation

“To provide cost-of-living stipends for law students completing unpaid internships at nonprofits, legal services organizations, and government agencies in order to advance justice in society.”

Rockport

CCB Foundation

“To open CORE Peer Recovery & Resource Center in Gloucester, the first Peer Recovery Center for substance abuse disorder on Cape Ann.”

Salisbury

Pettengill House

“To provide outreach, essential services, case management, community-based supports, and intervention to at-risk, low income, isolated seniors residing in Salisbury and Newburyport.”

Somerville

Boston Landmarks Orchestra

“To provide an opportunity for older adults suffering from memory loss and dementia to experience a bit of joy and respite with familiar music.”

Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation—$500,000

“To develop a Career Pathways Program for immigrant youths and youths of color by providing mentoring, health career exposure, and economic empowerment.”

Somerville Community Corporation

“To provide low-income individuals with job readiness training and financial literacy programming to help them find good local jobs and sustainable financial security.”

Somerville Public Schools

“To provide differently abled students with adaptive physical education opportunities as well as social/emotional skill development through adventure-based education programming.”

The Welcome Project

“To build an economic development program that will help immigrant-owned businesses succeed by helping owners to develop a business plan and providing mentoring and technical assistance.”

Stoneham

Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield—$250,000

“To provide greater Boston and North Shore youths with proven high-impact leadership programming, such as career training, first jobs, and in-depth one-on-one social work.”

Sudbury

Camp Casco

“To provide fun and friendship and build consistent sources of emotional support for childhood cancer patients and survivors through our free annual overnight camp.”

Friends of the Sudbury Senior Citizens

“To fully equip a teaching/commercial kitchen at the new Fairbank Community Center in Sudbury.”

Swampscott

North Shore Rovers

“To provide a soccer program for local children with disabilities that is staffed by high school-aged volunteers, and to seek and support the creation of similar programs.”

Wakefield

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston

“To expand our after-school program to introduce more high school students to careers in architecture, construction management, and engineering.”

Waltham

Community Farms Outreach

“To provide low-income individuals at risk for diet-related health conditions with 20 weeks of vegetables for their households and language-appropriate nutrition support.”

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

“To address the mental health of economically disadvantaged youths through expanded social/emotional and mental health programming, to include counseling with a licensed clinician.”

Watertown

Primary Source—$350,000

“To meet the needs of students in Lynn, Revere, and Burlington to learn about African American history from teachers who will empower and engage them.”

Weston

Roxbury Weston Programs

“To offset transportation and scholarship expenses, which are critical to fulfilling our mission of bringing families together in a community dedicated to diversity in early education.”

Wilmington

Wilmington Memorial Library

“To help revitalize the first floor of the library, turning it into an inviting community space that uses the footprint of the library to its greatest advantage.”

Winchester

Autism Housing Pathways

“To help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families find or create affordable, supportive, and sustainable housing options suitable for adults with developmental disabilities.”

Winchester Committee for A Better Chance—$250,000

“To complete much-needed repairs and renovations to the interior of ABC House and to allow us to contract for operating services in order to be more efficient.”

Woburn

Boy Scouts Spirit of Adventure Council—$250,000

“To give all youth in our service footprint, particularly those in at-risk communities, an opportunity to experience the scouting program.”

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Woburn

“To serve the needs of low-income multicultural and multilingual clients by providing assistance with life's basic needs as they strive for self-sufficiency.”

Woburn Historical Society—$300,000

To develop presentations, films, events, and lectures in order to expand our educational programming for grades K-8 and add a workday for our administrative assistant.

Woburn Police Department

“To develop and implement a drone program and Mobile Command Center that can rapidly deploy and assist the citizens of Woburn in emergency situations.”

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