Dorchester Nonprofit Receives Cummings Foundation Grant
BOSTON (May 31)—Boston City Singers is one of 100 local nonprofit organizations to receive a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100program. As a Dorchester-based organization, we were chosen during a competitive review process from a total of 597 applications. The grant will be paid over four years.
Founded in 1995, Boston City Singers focuses on inclusion, access and social justice. We are known for our family atmosphere where diversity of all kinds is acknowledged and welcomed. We have created a unique community where love is born, peace is kept, and magic is real. Our 15 programs, for ages 4-18, are gateways to life-changing experiences.
Funds from the Cummings Foundation will support increased staff capacity for youth development programs and youth leadership training. “We are extremely grateful to Bill and Joyce Cummings and the Cummings Foundation for their investment in our youth,” said Founding Artistic Director Jane Money.
We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like Boston City Singers that have a meaningful impact on the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director. The Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings. The Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
About Boston City Singers
Founded in 1995, Boston City Singers, along with its subsidiary Cambridge Children’s Chorus, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing music education and creative youth development programming to children aged 4 to 18, regardless of financial means. The organization’s programs in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge serve early 500 children with the majority of our youth residing in the urban neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and South Boston. In addition to music instruction and performance experience, Boston City Singers incorporates youth development and leadership-training opportunities. Since 1995, 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year college programs. Additional information can be found at www.bostoncitysingers.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 communities in Marlborough and Woburn. They have awarded over $220 million to Boston-area nonprofits to date. Bill Cummings released his self-written memoir, “Starting Small and Making it Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org and Cummings.com/book