FamilyAid Boston Receives Cummings Foundation $100k for 100

Boston, May 21, 2019 – FamilyAid Boston is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100k for 100” program. The Boston based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.


FamilyAid Boston provides comprehensive prevention, shelter, housing and wraparound services to more than 1,600 children and parents facing homelessness each year.

FamilyAid Boston President Larry Seamans Director of Development Shannon Arnold will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.

FamilyAid Boston will utilize its grant to expand its Boston Public Schools partnership, insuring homeless children obtain the resources they need to thrive.  

“Almost daily, new research is highlighting the horrendous impacts of homelessness on young children,” said Seamans. “Through the generosity of the Cummings Foundation, we are deepening our work to prevent and mitigate these impacts.”

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, 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, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“By having such a local focus, we aim to make a meaningful, positive difference in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are most grateful for the nonprofit organizations that assist and empower our neighbors, and we are proud to support their efforts.”

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.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Cummings Foundation announced an additional $15 million in early May through its Sustaining Grants program. Through these awards, 50 local nonprofits will receive ongoing funding of $20,000 - $50,000 for 10 years.

The history behind Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation is detailed in Bill Cummings’ self-written memoir, “Start Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.” It is available on Amazon or cummings.com/book. 

About FamilyAid Boston
FamilyAid Boston is the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in Greater Boston, empowering parents and caregivers facing homelessness to secure and sustain housing and build strong foundations for their children’s futures. FamilyAid Boston’s programs include homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, children’s services, housing placement, and permanent housing and supports for families who have returned to housing after a period of homelessness. For more information, please visit www.familyaidboston.org

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement community in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www. CummingsFoundation.org.

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