CAIR-Massachusetts Receives $100,000 Cummings Foundation Grant

Boston nonprofit awarded portion of $20 million in grants

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 6, 2018 – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 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 597 applicants, during a competitive review process. Cummings Foundation has announced a total of $20 million in grants to Greater Boston charities in the past two months alone.

CAIR-MA is the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization in the United States.

Representing CAIR-MA, Dr. John Robbins 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. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.

“We’re thrilled to be included among this year’s grantwinners,” said Dr. John Robbins, Executive Director of CAIR-Massachusetts. “During a time of unprecedented discrimination against the Massachusetts Muslim community, a Cummings Foundation grant will help sustain our critical defense of civil rights.”

CAIR-Massachusetts intends to use the funds to hire two legal fellows to assist with case management and to support its civil rights programming for the Massachusetts Muslim community.

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 of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like CAIR-Massachusetts that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and 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 will be available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Cummings Foundation announced an additional $10 million in early May through its new Sustaining Grants, which extend “$100K for 100” funding for previous winners for 10 more years. Beginning in 2019, the Foundation will increase its total annual giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.

About CAIR-MA: CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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 communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Bill Cummings released his self-written memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018. The book may be purchased at cummings.com/book.

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Contact: Dr. John Robbins, CAIR-MA, 617-862-9159, jrobbins@cair.com

Contact: Kerry Crisley, Cummings Foundation, 781-932-7093, kac@cummings.com

PHOTO: CAIR-MA staff holding a sign announcing their receipt of a 2018 Cummings Foundation grant.


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