SCS Receives $100K Cummings Grant!








St. Charles School receives $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant

Woburn, May 30, 2018, 2018 – St. Charles School is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Woburn school, founded in 1884, was chosen this spring from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process. Cummings Foundation has announced a total of $20 million in grants to Greater Boston charities in the past two months alone.


Saint Charles School, Woburn’s only Catholic school, currently serves 225 students in grades preschool through eight who hail from nineteen different cities and towns. The school prides itself on not only molding its students academically, but also spiritually and emotionally.


Funding from the grant will allow for St. Charles School to convert their auditorium to a multi-purpose space for performances, full-court basketball games and tournaments, and community engagement and service activities. “We are incredibly grateful to the Cummings Foundation for selecting us as one of the 100K for 100 recipients” said Cara Blanchette, St. Charles School Principal. “This funding will allow us to upgrade our gym and auditorium space, not only for the enjoyment of our students, but for the benefit of the broader Woburn community.”


The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. 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 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.


“We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like St. Charles School that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”


This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years. The complete list of 100 grant winners will be available beginning June 7 at www.CummingsFoundation.org.


Cummings Foundation announced an additional $10 million in early May through its new Sustaining Grants, which extend “$100K for 100” funding for previous winners for 10 more years. Beginning in 2019, the Foundation will increase its total annual giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.


Contact:Jennifer Whalen-Sirois, Director of Advancement, St. Charles School, 781-935-4635, advancement@scswoburn.com

Contact: Kerry Crisley, Cummings Foundation,781-932-7093, kac@cummings.com