Mazie Awarded $100,000 from Cummings Foundation

John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation awarded $100,000

Framingham, June 13, 2018 – The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Framingham-based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.

The John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation’s mentoring program has been operating since 1998 for students attending Framingham High School, along with another program which opened in 2010 for students at Waltham High School in Massachusetts. Adult volunteers are recruited and trained to act as mentors and role models for high school students who are at risk of not reaching their potential academically and in their futures.

Representing the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation, Kent Schreiner and Allison James joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.

“The Cummings grant will enable the Mazie Mentoring Program to enhance and expand its mission – helping at-risk high school students to reach their full potential. For those involved, it is truly a current life-saver with generational impact!” (Kent Schreiner, President of Board of Directors, Mazie Mentoring Program).

Grant funding will enable the Mazie Mentoring program to expand and improve upon its current levels of success and build a strong model for the program’s replication in other communities.

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 the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation 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 is available 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 giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Bill Cummings released his self-written memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018. Additional information is available at www.Cummings Foundation.org and cummings.com/book.