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For Giving Tuesday, Boston-Area Commercial Real Estate Firm Hands $553,000 to Employees to Donate Locally
Cummings Properties employees choose 365 local charities to receive donations as part of Cummings Community Giving program
Press Release – WOBURN, November 26, 2019 – As Giving Tuesday approaches, Cummings Properties, the Woburn-based commercial real estate company, is putting checks totaling $553,000 into the hands of employees to contribute to hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.
The Cummings Community Giving program, an annual philanthropic initiative, invites employees to select local nonprofits to receive $1,000 donations in their honor. Now in its eighth year, the program is designed to give back in the areas where Cummings Properties team members live and work.
This year, 415 employees are participating – with 145 colleagues of 10 years or more selecting two charities to each receive $1,000 – resulting in more than a half million dollars in contributions to 365 nonprofits.
“We have always focused our employee-directed philanthropic efforts around the Thanksgiving holiday as a way to express our appreciation for our colleagues and the causes they support,” said Dennis Clarke, Cummings Properties’ chairman and CEO. “With Giving Tuesday gaining momentum, we hope that the charitable contributions delivered by our associates will inspire others to give as well.”
Cummings Properties began distributing checks to employees this week for delivery to nonprofits after Thanksgiving, and expects a swell of check presentations on Giving Tuesday, December 3.
The nonprofits selected to receive donations are based in 102 Massachusetts cities and towns and represent a wide array of causes including food pantries, youth sports teams, homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, and social service organizations. Charities include Animal Rescue League of Boston, The Friends of Reading High School Baseball, Greater Salem Caregivers, Dedham Food Pantry, and Woburn-based Tanner Ta Ta’s.
Each eligible organization can receive up to $5,000 per program cycle, allowing multiple staff members to choose the same nonprofit. This year, Woburn Council of Social Concern and Greater Lowell Regional Tech High School were two of 15 recipients to receive the maximum $5,000 donation. Another favorite cause among employees is McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, named for Cummings Properties former president Jamie McKeown.
Cummings Community Giving is open to employees of Cummings Properties, as well as its affiliated retirement communities, New Horizons at Choate in Woburn and New Horizons at Marlborough. Selected nonprofits must meet a few eligibility requirements and be based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, or Suffolk County, or the city or town where the colleague lives.
More information, including the complete 2019 Employee Directed Giving recipient list, is available at www.cummings.com/ccg.
Cummings Properties manages a portfolio of 10 million square feet of commercial space in 11 suburban communities north and west of Boston, including Woburn, where its largest campuses are West Cummings Park and TradeCenter 128.
Most of these properties are owned by Cummings Foundation, with 100 percent of all rental profits supporting hundreds of local charities. The Cummings organization awards $25 million annually to Greater Boston nonprofits, and it has awarded more than $260 million to date. More information is available at www.cummings.com.