Wilmingtons CLASS Inc Receives 200000 Grant From Cummings Foundation

first_imgWOBURN, MA —  Fifty local nonprofits received awards on May 2, 2019 that likely made not just their day, but their decade. Woburn-based Cummings Foundation granted these organizations a cumulative $15 million through its Sustaining Grants program, which provides ongoing funding for 10 years. Each organization’s total grant ranges from $200,000 to $500,000.Among the grant-winners was one Wilmington-based non-profit: CLASS, Inc. This grant of $200,000 over ten years will give CLASS the ability to support operations at its Cummings Properties location in Wilmington, where it provides services including community inclusion programs, job coaching and matching, and employment supports for more than 60 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.The nonprofit recipients first learned of their awards in mid-April through surprise visits by foundation volunteers.“It felt like winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse,” said Liz Cohen, executive director of Arlington’s The Children’s Room, about the unexpected visit she and her team received. “We are so incredibly grateful.”The grant winners then gathered on May 2 with Cummings Foundation staff, trustees, and volunteers for the Sustaining Grants Awards Night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.“We hope this decade-long commitment allows you to think bigger, to plan for the future, and—perhaps most importantly—to dedicate more of your resources to actually providing services rather than raising money for them,” said Joel Swets, executive director of Cummings Foundation.Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 46-member volunteer committee.Cummings Foundation has awarded $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone, and it will award an additional $10 million in June, when it announces the winners of this year’s ”$100K for 100″ program.One of the three largest private foundations in New England, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed on a pro bono basis by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.For a complete list of the winners, visit CummingsFoundation.org.Shannon DePierro, Cummings Foundation, &  Al Frugoli, CEO of CLASS(NOTE: The above modified press release is from the Cummings Foundation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Department’s Substance Abuse Efforts Gets Boost From $100,000 Grant & Regional PartnershipIn “Police Log”Wilmington Police Department Receives $100,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Government”2 Wilmington Organizations Receive $100,000 Grants From The Cummings FoundationIn “Business”last_img