Somerville-based nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant:Community Cooks awarded $100,000



June 6, 2017 – Community Cooks is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Somerville-based organization serving communities throughout Greater Boston was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.


Community Cooks mobilizes over 900 volunteers throughout Greater Boston to provide nourishing, home-cooked meals that serve over 4,400 neighbors in need every month, including low-income students and seniors, homeless adults and families, people in recovery, veterans and at-risk youth.


Representing Community Cooks, JoAnn Ignelzi, Board Treasurer and Ian Harper, Board Vice President, 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 $170 million to local nonprofits alone.


“Community Cooks is profoundly grateful for the Cummings Foundation’s support,” said executive director Daniele Levine. “For a relatively small but growing organization like ours a grant of this size is transformative—and a multi-year commitment provides us with the stability to plan ahead, work toward increased sustainability and focus on doing the very best job we can for the community.”


A $100K for 100 grant will allow Community Cooks to successfully complete its founder leadership transition as the organization takes the final steps in its evolution from an all-volunteer group into a mature, self-sustaining nonprofit. Specifically, the grant will fund a new half-time Database Coordinator who will help to increase program efficiency and enhance fundraising efforts through the use of improved technology. As a result, Community Cooks will be able to expand its services into three new communities, add four new partner agencies, and nourish an additional 1,000 vulnerable neighbors every month.


The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.


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 more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.


“Nonprofit organizations like Community Cooks are vital to 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 efforts.”


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


About Community Cooks

Community Cooks mobilizes 900+ volunteers including individuals, businesses, civic, and educational and faith-based groups to provide home-cooked meals for over 4,400 vulnerable neighbors in need throughout Greater Boston every month, including low-income students and seniors, homeless adults and families, people in recovery, veterans, at risk youth, and more. Visit for additional information.



About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at


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