Cummings Foundation, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, was founded in 1986 by Bill and Joyce Cummings of Winchester. One of the largest private foundations in New England, Cummings Foundation has awarded nearly $500 million to date to nonprofits based primarily in greater Boston. The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program awards $30 million annually to 150 nonprofits based in and serving Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk counties, and select Norfolk County communities. A meaningful percentage of the Foundation’s more than $3 billion in assets is in the form of commercial real estate serving 2,000 clients including 150 life sciences and medical device firms, operated on a pro bono basis by Cummings Properties, which Bill Cummings founded more than 50 years ago. One hundred percent of rental profits go to the Foundation for philanthropic purposes.
Through its ongoing commitment to education, Cummings Foundation has funded numerous science education-based organizations, institutions, and programs, including a major donation to the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, rebranded to Franklin Cummings Tech, to help educate students who are typically underrepresented in higher education. We honor Cummings Foundation for its long-standing support of STEM education in the community. Cummings Foundation has been a proud partner of MassBioEd since 2013 as a funder of our BioTeach program, as we continue to provide lab-based training, curricula, equipment and experiential learning to teachers, schools, and students.