WILMINGTON, MA — Cummings Properties, the Woburn-based commercial real estate company, just donated $484,000 to hundreds of local nonprofit organizations via its Employee Directed Giving program. Through this annual philanthropic initiative, employees are invited to select a local nonprofit to receive a $1,000 donation in their honor.
In Wilmington, six organizations received a collective $8,000 in funding: Abundant Life Christian School, Hope and Friendship Metastatic Breast Cancer Foundation, We’re One Wilmington, Wilmington Community Fund, Wilmington High School, and Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.
In 2018, Employee Directed Giving benefitted 335 nonprofits in 99 local cities and towns. Now in its seventh year, the program is designed to give back in the areas where Cummings Properties employees live and work.
New this year, the 140 colleagues with at least 10 years of seniority were invited to select a second nonprofit to receive an additional $1,000. The program was also expanded to include part-time staff with at least five years of seniority, whereas it was previously open to full-time employees only.
“This significant program expansion created even more opportunities for colleagues to think and talk about philanthropy, and to have a significant positive impact on local causes that are meaningful to them,” said Dennis Clarke, Cummings Properties’ chairman and CEO.
Ray Garrett, senior purchasing agent at Cummings and a Wilmington resident, directed one of his two $1,000 donations to We’re One Wilmington (WOW), an organization founded by a small group of friends with the desire to support the community through acts of kindness.
“I chose WOW because I respect its mission to help families, no matter the circumstance,” said Garrett. “The group is currently purchasing and wrapping holiday gifts for local families in need. It’s important to me to give back to the people in my hometown.”
Each eligible organization can receive up to $5,000 per program cycle, allowing multiple staff members to choose the same nonprofit.
Employee Directed 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 2018 Employee Directed Giving recipient list, is available at http://www.cummings.com/edg.
Cummings Properties manages a portfolio of 11 million square feet of commercial space in 11 suburban communities north and west of Boston, including Wilmington, where it manages numerous buildings on Concord Street and Fordham Road. 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 $225 million to date. More information is available at www.cummings.com.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Cummings Properties.)
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