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One World Boston, Cummings Foundation award $100,000 grants to seven North Shore nonprofits

Posted by Ryan Mooney  May 9, 2012 10:35 AM

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North Shore non-profit organizations met at the Cummings center on Friday, May 4, to receive grants from One World Boston, Inc., an affiliate of the Cummings Foundation. (back row, left to right) Richard Wylie, president, Endicott College; Deborah Kincade Rambo, president, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston; Susan Healey Payson, senior vice president philanthropy, Beverly Hospital of Lahey Health System; Ken Hanover, president and CEO, Beverly Hospital of Lahey Health System; Steve Drohosky, general manager, Cummings Center. (front row, left to right) Stephen Immerman, president, Montserrat College of Art; Maureen Banks, president, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Joyce Vyriotes, communications director, Cummings Properties; Patricia Meservey, president, Salem State University.

Photo courtesy of Joyce Vyriotes

Beverly Hospital has been working for years on expanding its surgical services department. Last year the conclusion of a million dollar campaign for more operating space helped to outfit three brand new operating rooms.

Now in its last stage of fundraising, the hospital will soon be able to complete a campaign to expand its pre-surgical and post-recovery units in order to accommodate the growing number of patients that the expanded operating areas will bring thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation and One World Boston, Inc.

"It's really going to accommodate an awful lot of community folks who are opting to have their surgical needs taken care of at Beverly Hospital," said Susan Payson, senior vice president of philanthropy at the hospital's development office.

Administration representatives from five other non-profit organizations on the North Shore joined Payson, Beverly Hospital President and CEO Ken Hanover, Cummings Center General Manager Steve Drohosky, and Cummings Properties Communications Director Joyce Vyriotes at the Cummings Center in Beverly for an award ceremony on Friday, May 4, where each organization received a grant for $100,000.

"We have the Cummings Center in Beverly and hope to give back to the community there and show support for all the organizations that have supported us, and just the community in general that's been so supportive," Vyriotes said. "We wanted to help out where we could up there."

Seven organizations in total - Beverly Hospital, North Shore Community College, Endicott College, Salem State University, Montserrat College of Art, Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care, and Catholic Charities North, which has locations in Salem, Peabody and Gloucester - were among the organizations to receive money from One World Boston's first grant cycle.

The company - a grant-making affiliate that was founded last year by the Cummings Foundation, a charitable foundation created in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Cummings Properties, a commercial real estate firm - aims to award 60 new grants totaling $7 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013, mostly concentrated in Essex County.

"The focus of the [Cummings] Foundation is primarily for Massachusetts, and so we will be announcing some other grants going forward," Vyriotes said. "As part of the Cummings organization, [One World Boston] wants to focus the grants and the help in areas in which Cummings Properties operates, because really that is where the funding comes from, our commercial real estate."

Salem State University plans to use its grant to form a partnership with the Holocaust Center Boston North in Peabody in an effort to expand educational courses for middle and high school teachers on holocaust and genocide studies, and increase the accessibility of primary sources on the subjects. Endicott will use the money to outfit a newly constructed life science wing.

"It was a great gift and very important at this time as we move more into the biotechnology and life sciences," said Endicott President Richard Wylie.

But it is all made possible through the charitable acts of One World Boston, the Cummings Foundation, Cummings Properties and the two people responsible for the entire affiliation, Joyce and Bill Cummings. To date they have donated 90 percent of the wealth they have made through their commercial real estate firm to the foundation.

Cummings Properties operates 10 million square feet of commercial property in greater Boston and the profit on most of the firm's properties goes directly to the foundation.

"Over time they realized that they really had all that they needed and their children had all that they needed and so they began giving more and more of their properties to the foundation," Vyriotes said. "The majority of the buildings are owned by and operated for the benefit of the foundation."

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