Margie Daniels, Executive Director
467 Main St.
Wakefield MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 4, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) Awarded $100,000 Grant from Cummings Foundation
WAKEFIELD — Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. The Organization, which is based in Eastern Massachusetts, was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.
Middlesex Partnerships for Youth provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality training for its constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.
Executive Director Margie Daniels and Board President Tony Pierantozzi will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception later this month 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’s nonprofits alone.
MPY provides education and services to communities to reduce risk and improve the health and well-being of youth, covering a wide range of topics including:
- Bullying prevention
- Depression, anxiety and mental health
- Executive functioning
- Reducing gang violence
- School attendance
- Cyber safety
- Drug addiction and the changing laws around marijuana
- Vaping and tobacco use
- Healthy dating and sexual health
“Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, an acclaimed leader in finding proactive solutions to serious social problems facing youth, is growing and thriving,” said Executive Director Margie Daniels. “Through the generosity of the Cumming’s Foundation, MPY will expand resources to support students success at school and in communities.”
The grant funds will expand training opportunities for students, school staff and community members, including parents and guardians. Trainings will focus on building digital citizenship, fostering positive peer relationships and making healthy choices.
“Middlesex Partnerships for Youth is a trusted partner for communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts, and I am very proud to see this organization recognized at the highest levels by Cummings Foundation,” said Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith, who serves as chairman of the board of MPY. “This grant funding will ensure that the great work of MPY continues to grow and affect more and more young lives.”:
“Police departments throughout the region count on the programming, services, and resources of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth to provide the best possible services to at-risk youth and ensure the health and safety of young people in our communities,” added Stoneham Police Chief James T. McIntyre.
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 Middlesex Partnerships for Youth that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where are 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 giving through these two programs from $20 million to $25 million.
About Middlesex Partnerships for Youth
Middlesex Partnerships for Youth was established in 1988. The Board of Directors includes school superintendents, police chiefs, fire chiefs and community leaders. More than 90 public schools, independent schools, charter schools, educational collaboratives, and community organizations are members of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. MPY is a highly effective collaborator, partnering with state and local entities.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates it own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Bill Cumming’s 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.CummingsFoundation.org and cummings.com/book.