Carroll School Awarded $100,000 Cummings Grant

Amy Dempster


Lincoln, June 7, 2022 – Carroll School is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The school was chosen from a total of 580 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $100,000 over 4 years.

With these funds, Carroll intends to support its tuition assistance program for families. Students come to Carroll with language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, who have not found academic success in traditional schools. This year, the school awarded $3.4m in financial assistance to 25% of its families. The Cummings grant supports this incredibly important program and Carroll’s strategic goal to provide broader access to Carroll’s educational programs.

“We are grateful to the Cummings Foundation for this generous grant which will increase access to a Carroll School education for students who require our distinctive language-based learning environment,” said Stacey Daniels, Chief Enrollment and Financial Assistance Officer.

The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this specific philanthropic initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are so fortunate in greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, plus a wealth of talented, dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are indebted to them for the work they do each day to provide for basic needs, break down barriers to education and health resources, and work toward a more equitable society.”

With the help of about 90 volunteers, the Foundation first identified 140 organizations to receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings Foundation grants. Forty of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

“Our volunteers bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is so critical to our grant selection process,” said Vyriotes. “Through this democratized approach to philanthropy, they decide more than half the grants every year.”

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 45 different cities and towns.

The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to greater Boston nonprofits.

About Carroll School

Carroll School is a dynamic independent day school for elementary and middle school students in grades 1-9 who have been diagnosed with specific language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. As an inclusive community, Carroll serves over 440 students from over eighty cities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and embraces the diverse strengths, identities and lived experiences of these students. For over 50 years, Carroll School has empowered children with language-based learning differences to become academically skilled students who are strong self-advocates and confident lifelong learners prepared to enter other academic settings. Learn more at carrollschool.org 

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

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Contact: Amy Dempster, Carroll School, (781) 314-9720, adempster@carrollschool.org

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