CMAA Awarded Cummings Grant

June 11, 2020 No Comments by CMAA

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sovanna Pouv, CMAA, 978-804-8228,
Contact: Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation, 781-932-7093,

Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Awarded Cummings Grant
Lowell nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant

Lowell, June 11, 2020 – Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants for $100,000-$500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The Lowell-based organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

CMAA is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs.

“The youth should not only be provided tools and resources to be future leaders of their communities, but to also be the ambassadors of their culture and history,” said Sovanna Pouv, Executive Director. “With the award from the Cummings Foundation, it symbolizes the growth and trust our youth have given us. They trust us to provide them a safe space after school to continue their learning experience through culture. They trust us to connect them with mentors from the community to help them grow. They trust us to host field trips for them in the summer visiting places like the Lowell National Historical Park. They trust us to work together with Cummings Foundation to help them become community leaders and ambassadors.”

In the last four years, our after school program served 25 youth per year between the ages of 7 – 14, two of the young professional’s program members received the Paul Tsongas Scholarship to attend University of Massachusetts Lowell tuition free, and the Rising Stars Program grew from 70 participants a year to over 100 while at the same time providing jobs to 20 young people between 15 – 21.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. 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, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

We have been impressed, but not surprised, by the myriad ways in which these 130 grant winners are serving their communities, despite the challenges presented by COV ID-19,”” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “Their ability to adapt and work with their constituents in new and meaningful ways has an enormous impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work.”

Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $280 million to greater Boston nonprofits. Social distancing requirements will prevent Foundation and grant winner representatives from convening for a reception at Trade Center 128 in Woburn, as planned, to celebrate the $20 million infusion into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. Instead, Cummings Foundation expects hundreds of individuals to gather virtually for a modified celebration in mid-June.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program resulted from a merger of the Foundation’s two flagship grant programs, $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants.

The Foundation and its volunteers first identified 130 organizations to receive grants of at least
$100,000 each. Among the winners are first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that have previously received Cummings Foundation grants. A limited number of this latter group of repeat recipients will be invited to make in-person presentations in the fall, when public health related circumstances allow, proposing that their grants be elevated to long- term awards.
Thirty such requests will be granted in the form of 10-year awards ranging from $200,000 to
$500,000 each.

The complete list of 130 grant winners is available at

A great deal more information about Cummings Foundation is detailed in Bill Cummings’ self-written business book, “Starting Small and Making It Big: Hands-On Lessons in
Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. “The brand-new, and significantly updated, 6th edition is available on Amazon or

About CMAA
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs. We envision that one day, community members are not only economically stable, but are active and engage leaders of their community.

To learn more about CMAA, please visit

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC in North Grafton.

Additional information is available at


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