The Home for Little Wanderers awarded $100,000

Boston nonprofit receives major Cummings Foundation grant

HowardNovickMattSmallMrCummings.jpgBoston, June 10, 2015 – The Home for Little Wanderers has been selected as 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 more than 350 applicants during a very competitive review process.

The Home for Little Wanderers is one of the nation’s oldest child welfare agencies and the largest in New England. As a leader in child welfare and human services, The Home provides a seamless continuum of vital programs and services for every stage of child and family development. With locations across Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, The Home’s programs and services that touch more than 7,000 lives each year.

Howard Novick, Associate Director of Foundation Relations and Matthew Small, Program Director, represented The Home for Little Wanderers and joined approximately 300 other guests at a June 4 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 reached a major milestone – it has now awarded more than $100 million in grants to local nonprofits alone.

“Each year, approximately more than 600 youth in Massachusetts turn 18 and ‘age out’ of state systems of care putting them at a great risk of becoming homeless or facing challenges such as incarceration, unemployment, or substance abuse,” said Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, “Thanks to the generous support of The Cummings Foundation, this grant will go directly to benefit the critical services The Home provides for young adults who are aging out of the foster care system and it will allow us to provide them with the supports to thrive and succeed.”

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 benefited 41 different communities 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.

“The Foundation is incredibly grateful to nonprofits like The Home for Little Wanderers that are working diligently for the benefit of the communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director.

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including mental health, STEM education, veteran’s services, healthcare, hunger relief, and homelessness prevention. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at


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