Massachusetts School of Law Awarded $150,000 Cummings Grant

Andover, MassachusettsMassachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The Andover-based nonprofit was selected from a total of 715 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $150,000 over three years.

Massachusetts School of Law’s mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders.

“We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the local nonprofits to benefit from the Cummings Foundation’s generosity. Their support makes our mission of helping to provide access to justice for all much more attainable, “said Michael L. Coyne, Massachusetts School of Law Dean & Professor of Law.

The Massachusetts School of Law has extensive plans to utilize the grant funding to provide educational opportunities that provide a better understanding of the significance law has on business decisions. These experiences include courses and seminars covering topics ranging from basic contract and business formation through financing and regulatory hurdles. Grant funds will support the business community’s need for accessible affordable legal information and the eventual approval of MSLAW providing a master’s degree in law and business.

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.

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.

“Greater Boston is fortunate to have a robust, dedicated, and highly capable nonprofit sector that supports and enhances the community in myriad ways,” said Cummings Foundation executive director and trustee Joyce Vyriotes. “The entire Cummings organization is thankful for their daily work to help all our neighbors thrive.”

The majority of the grant decisions were made by nearly 100 community volunteers. They worked across a variety of committees to review and discuss the proposals and then, together, determine which requests would be funded. Among these community volunteers were business and nonprofit leaders, mayors, college presidents, and experts in areas such as finance and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).

“We believe strongly that grant decisions will be more equitable when made by a diverse group of community members,” said Vyriotes. “We’re incredibly grateful to the dozens of individuals who participated in our democratized philanthropic process.”

The Foundation and volunteers first identified 150 organizations to receive three-year grants of up to $300,000 each. The winners included first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings grants. Twenty-five of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected by a panel of community volunteers to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million each.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 49 different cities and towns.

Cummings Foundation has now awarded $500 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 2,000 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA 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.

Contact: Diane Sullivan,
Massachusetts School of Law,
897-681-0800,
di****@ms***.com

Contact: Alison Harding
Cummings Foundation
781-932-7093
ae*@cu******.com

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