Cummings Properties is delighted to honor colleagues, long-term clients, and other select associates of the Cummings organization by contributing $1,000 or $2,000 each in their name to the local charity of their choice. This unique initiative is one of the many ways that "Cummings Buildings Power Charities."
Through Cummings Community Giving (CCG), our company seeks to support the communities where staff members, clients, and other valued associates live and work. This program now results in more than $700,000 per year in donations to area nonprofits. Please see nonprofit eligibility requirements and FAQs below.
To expand our giving, and streamline what had become a time-intensive process for the program’s staff, we’ve made three changes this year:
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To be eligible to receive a CCG donation from Cummings Properties, an organization:
How do I know if I am eligible to participate?
Cummings Community Giving is open to:
What is the timeline for Cummings Community Giving?
Eligible clients will receive an email in late July inviting submissions, and donations will be processed in August. Eligible colleagues will receive an email in October inviting submissions, and donations will be processed the week of Thanksgiving. Other participants may be invited to participate on a rolling basis throughout the year.
How do I know whether the organization I select is a 501(c)(3)?
To determine whether your selected organization is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization, use Charity Navigator. Simply type the organization's name in the search bar, and verify that it is listed as IRS Subsection: 501(c)(3). Please contact Grants Coordinator Katie Torrey at email@example.com or 781-569-2335 with any questions.
Can more than one participant select the same charity?
Yes, but there is a maximum for each organization per year. During the period when Cummings and New Horizons colleagues are participating, for example, each nonprofit is allowed a maximum of $6,000 in donations. Do you want to multiply the impact for your chosen charity? Talk to other invited participants about their favorite nonprofits; if they do not have one, consider asking them to select yours! Once a nonprofit reaches its limit, however, additional participants selecting it will be contacted and asked to choose alternative nonprofits.
Can I split my $2,000 donation among two or more nonprofits?
Yes, Cummings and New Horizons staff members may choose to split their $2,000 donation in half and give $1,000 each to two nonprofits.
Can my donation go toward a nonprofit membership or tickets for a nonprofit event?
No. Although we hope Cummings Community Giving will encourage involvement with local nonprofits, participants are prohibited by law from accepting any tangible benefits in return for this donation, such as memberships, gifts, event tickets, tuition credits, etc.
Do I need to make a donation, too?
No. Cummings Community Giving does not require any contribution from the invited participant.
Can my selected nonprofit receive the donation via check instead of electronically via Bill.com?
To continue operating CCG at a large scale, we have had to implement streamlining measures, one of which was the elimination of paper checks. Bill.com is a free and secure service already used by many organizations; for first-time users, registration is simple. For many nonprofits, it will ultimately be more convenient. No more waiting for the letter carrier or for your turn at the bank!
The nonprofit I selected did not submit the form. Can I select another nonprofit?
If it’s before the deadline, absolutely! If the deadline has passed, however, we are unable to accept new submissions, as the small staff running the program must focus on the next step in the process.