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Women’s Bar Foundation awarded $100,000
Legal Services Provider receives Cummings Foundation grant
(left to right) WBF Executive Director, Patricia Comfort with Cummings Properties Communications Director, Joyce Vyriotes
and WBF Director of Strategic Partnerships, Rebecca Cohen at the 2017 Cummings $100K for 100 Grant Winner Celebration
Boston, June 1, 2017 – The Women’s Bar Foundation (WBF) is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The WBF was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.
The Women’s Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income women, families, and elders. The organization recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to respond to more than 2,000 calls for legal assistance from low-income individuals throughout the Commonwealth annually. Through its pro bono legal assistance projects, the WBF helps clients to end the cycle of domestic violence, prevent homelessness, rebuild lives post-incarceration, and maintain peace of mind and personal autonomy for low-income elders.
Representing the WBF, Patricia Comfort, Executive Director, and Rebecca Cohen, Director of Strategic Partnerships, will join 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.
“This grant comes at a pivotal moment for our organization, as we work to implement a 3-year expansion plan that will grow our family law practice by 20%, increasing services to survivors of domestic violence,” said Patricia Comfort.
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 the Women’s Bar Foundation 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.”
The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
About the Women’s Bar Foundation
The Women’s Bar Foundation is dedicated to ensuring 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 recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to respond to more than 2,000 requests from low-income individuals throughout the Commonwealth annually.
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.