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BBGCL Receives $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation

May 30, 2017

BGCL is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The organization was chosen from a competitive review process involving 549 applicants.

Markus Fischer, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, will join approximately 300 guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn on June 8 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 $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

"We are very appreciative to Cummings Foundation for this generous contribution supporting our learning center," said Fischer, noting that youngsters are offered a supportive environment rich in books, computers, and other resources designed for academic success. Activities include tutoring, STEAM and literacy enrichment activities, assistance with college essays and applications, financial aid guidance, SAT preparation, resume-writing workshops, career planning, job shadowing, and summer internships. Partnerships include writing workshops with the Bread Loaf Teacher Network of Phillips Academy, a science club supported by Merrimack College, an aeronautics program led by the Exchange Club of Lawrence, and Girl Lab! with Raytheon and Amazon Robotics engineers.

Club kids pay a $40 annual membership fee, but the actual cost of programming and supper each night costs nearly $850 per youth. "Ninety-five percent of our funding comes from local individuals and organizations," Fischer noted. "This large donation from Cummings Foundation will go a long way in helping us keep our doors open to the city's most disadvantaged youth."

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

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 more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

"Nonprofit organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence are vital to 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 efforts."

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, including the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence's award which will cover three years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at


Did You Know?

Alumni of the Club include the Mayors of Lawrence and Methuen, the President of Merrimack College, the Director of the Lawrence Housing Authority and the CEO of Pebble Beach.