Cummings Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local non-profits at $100K for 100

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Cummings Foundation announced grants of $100,000 each to 100 local non-profits through its $100K for 100 program earlier this month. The winners were chosen from a record-setting 597 applicants during a competitive review process.

Representatives from the nonprofits joined Foundation staff, trustees, and volunteer Grant Selection Committee members, as well as founders Joyce and Bill Cummings, at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn celebrating the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. A FOX 25 news team attended the event and captured some of this special night for its popular “Being Boston” feature. Governor Charlie Baker also addressed the crowd of more than 300 and then stayed to take photos with many of the attendees.

“I can’t think of a better way to plant a bunch of seeds all over the Commonwealth and give them a chance to grow into something special,” said Baker.

Launched in 2012, the annual $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 42 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth. The complete list of grant winners is available at CummingsFoundation.org.

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

Joyce Cummings told the grant winners from the podium: “You are doing for others and ‘seeing far and going far.’ Thank you for being role models in our communities.”

In April, the Foundation gave an additional $10 million in grants to 33 nonprofits – all of which were previous $100K for 100 winners – through its new Sustaining Grants program. Beginning with the grant cycle opening July 1, it will increase its total annual giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.

Through these place-based initiatives, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

The evolution of the Foundation and its grants program are detailed in Bill Cummings’ book, “Starting Small and Making It Big,” which is available at cummings.com/book.