The Pettengill House, Inc. is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 million Grant Program. The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. The community social service agency was chosen from a total of 580 applicants during a competitive review process and will receive $100,000 over four years. This is the second time since 2018 that Pettengill House has received a grant through this program.
This grant will enable Pettengill House to continue and expand upon the agency’s Senior Wellness Outreach Program (SWOP), which provides outreach and critical support services to meet the growing needs of seniors aged 60 and over in Salisbury and Newburyport. SWOP was first established in 2018 with help from a Cummings Foundation grant as a response to an increase in need among the vulnerable senior population in the area. In FY 2021, Pettengill House provided SWOP services for 123 clients in Salisbury and 98 clients in Newburyport. Because of continuing challenges, including ongoing crises in mental health and housing, rising cost of living, and the long-lasting impacts of COVID-19, Pettengill House anticipates SWOP enrollment to continue to grow.
“We are so grateful to the Cummings Foundation for their continued support of Pettengill House and vulnerable seniors in Salisbury and Newburyport. This grant will enable our SWOP social work team to continue breaking down barriers and providing critical interventions to address increasingly complex, multilayered needs,” said Executive Director Tiffany Nigro.
Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“We are so fortunate in greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, plus a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are indebted to them for the work they do each day to provide for basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work toward a more equitable society.”
With the help of about 90 volunteers, the Foundation first identified 140 organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings Foundation grants. Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.
“Our volunteers bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is so critical to our grant selection process,” said Vyriotes. “Through this democratized approach to philanthropy, they decide more than half the grants every year.”
This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 45 different cities and towns.
The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to greater Boston nonprofits.
About The Pettengill House, Inc.
Pettengill House is a nonprofit community social service agency established since 1994. Its mission is to support and empower individuals, children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management, and basic needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth and development. Learn more at www.pettengillhouse.org.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.