SeniorCare Inc. is one of the local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program in 2019. The North Shore based organization has been awarded a $200,000 Sustaining Grant, to be disbursed over 10 years. Chief Executive Officer Scott Trenti and Director of Home Care Dori Prescott represented SeniorCare at a May 2 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.
“We are very pleased to receive the Cummings Foundation sustaining grant,” announced Trenti. “This funding will be utilized by our Protective Services Program to help our most vulnerable elders improve their quality of life and remain safely in their communities, consistent with our agency mission.”
SeniorCare offers a wide variety of programs and services to meet the needs of elders, their families, caregivers and others in their nine-community service area on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
The Sustaining Grants initiative builds on Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2018 were automatically considered for $15 million in Sustaining Grants.
“We introduced Sustaining Grants to help alleviate the constant burden of fundraising so nonprofit professionals can spend more of their limited time and resources on actually providing services,” said Christina Berthelsen, grants manager at Cummings Foundation.
Cummings Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million to date in Greater Boston alone. Funds are generated through commercial properties that are owned by, and operated for the sole benefit of, Cummings Foundation. All of its buildings are managed pro bono by Woburn commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties.
Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 33-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of local companies, and a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, among many others. Committee members met with each nonprofit twice to learn how the $100K for 100 funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.
View the complete list of the 50 Sustaining Grants winners at www.CummingsFoundation.org. An additional 100 winners will be announced in June through the $100K for 100 program.
About SeniorCare Inc.
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. The agency provides services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine Massachusetts communities- Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization, which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community. www.seniorcareinc.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 three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.