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Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts awarded $100,000
Legal Services Provider receives Cummings Foundation Grant
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Boston, June 17, 2021 – The Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, Inc. (WBF) is one of 100 local nonprofits receiving grants of $100,000 each over four years through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. This is the second such grant received by the Boston-based Women’s Bar Foundation. Forty additional organizations received multi-year grants through this program. The 140 organizations were selected from a total of 590 applicants during a competitive review process.
The grant will support the work of the WBF to ensure access to justice for low-income women, families, elders, and incarcerated women. The organization recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout the Commonwealth. The WBF receives more than 1,800 calls for legal assistance each year. Through its pro bono legal assistance projects, the WBF helps low-income domestic abuse survivors end the cycle of domestic violence and prevent homelessness,s and assists low-income elders to maintain personal autonomy and peace of mind. The WBF also provides legal seminars to incarcerated women and assists elderly incarcerated women with clemency petitions.
Representing the WBF, Executive Director Margaret Talmers and Director of Development LaRayne Hebert, joined over 350 other guests at an online celebration to celebrate a $25 million dollar infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector over the next 10 years. “This sustaining support from Cummings comes at a pivotal moment for our organization, as we work to continue to meet the needs of our clients in challenging circumstances,” said Talmers.
The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
Through this effort, the 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, 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.
“We aim to help meet the needs of people in all segments of our local community,” said Cummings Foundation Executive Director Joel Swets. “It is the incredible organizations we fund, however, that do the actual daily work to empower our neighbors, educate our children, fight for equity, and so much more.”
This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including social justice, homelessness prevention, violence prevention, affordable housing, education, and food insecurity. The nonprofits are spread across 43 different cities and towns.
The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 800 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org. Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $300 million to greater Boston nonprofits.
Margaret Talmers, Executive Director, WBF 617-973-6666. firstname.lastname@example.org
LaRayne Hebert, Director of Development, WBF 617-973-6666, email@example.com
Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation 781-932-7093, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Women’s Bar Foundation The Women’s Bar Foundation ensures access to justice for low-income women, families, and elders. We create a community committed to providing free legal assistance to those in need. The Women’s Bar Foundation trains, mentors and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to respond to more than 1,800 requests from low-income individuals throughout the Commonwealth annually. www.womensbar.org
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 www.CummingsFoundation.org.