Client Directed Giving

In appreciation of our valued relationships with long-term clients, Cummings Properties began a new initiative, Client Directed Giving, in 2018. Cummings Properties will contribute $1,000 annually to a local charity of each qualified 20+ year client. This unique program is one of the many ways that "Cummings Buildings Power Charities." Through Client Directed Giving, the Company seeks to honor the commitment of its long-term clients and give back to the towns and cities that support its business operations.


Which local nonprofit will your firm choose to receive $1,000?


  • Arc Massachusetts
  • Artists for Humanity
  • Beverly Bootstraps (6)
  • Beverly Children's Learning Center
  • Beverly Historical Society
  • Beverly Hospital
  • Beverly Rotary Club
  • Boston Children's Hospital (2)
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Boy Scouts - Spirit of Adventure Council
  • Bread & Roses
  • Camp Starfish
  • Caring For a Cure
  • Christopher's Haven
  • Corwin-Russell School/Broccoli Hall
  • Cradles to Crayons (2)
  • Domestic Violence Services Network
  • Express Yourself (2)
  • Family Promise North Shore
  • Friends of Beverly Public Library
  • Friends of the Beebe Library
  • Girls Incorporated of Lynn
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • The Greg Hill Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston
  • Habitat for Humanity North Shore
  • Haven from Hunger
  • Healing Abuse Working for Change
  • Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Foundation
  • Home Health Foundation
  • Isabella Marino Charitable Fund
  • Jamie McKeown Boys & Girls Club
  • Lazarus House (2)
  • May Institute
  • Mission of Deeds
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services
  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • Northeastern University Lyme Disease Research
  • Odd Cat Sanctuary
  • Operation Delta Dog
  • People Helping People
  • Pine Street Inn (3)
  • Plummer Youth Promise
  • Reach Beyond Domestic Violence (2)
  • Reading Antiquarian Society
  • Reading Community Television
  • Saheli
  • Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Suenos Basketball
  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Vozzy’s Legacy for Lupus
  • Winchester Got Lunch
  • Winchester Hospital
  • Woburn Community Educational Foundation
  • Woburn Council of Social Concern
  • Women’s Fund of Essex County
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy
  • YMCA of the North Shore (2)
  • You’re With Us

( ) Number of clients who selected charity, if more than one.

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Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to receive a $1,000 donation through Client Directed Giving, an organization:

  • Must be based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, or Suffolk County.
  • Must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, or the equivalent.
  • Must be an independent organization. Regional or national organizations, or local chapters thereof, no matter how worthy, are ineligible (e.g., local chapter of American Cancer Society).
  • Must not use the funds for a religious activity, political activity, or lobbying efforts.
  • Must not discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, etc.



Frequently asked questions

How do I know if my client firm is eligible to participate?

Firms that have leased commercial space with Cummings Properties for at least 20 years are eligible and will receive an email in mid-July regarding participation. If you believe your firm is eligible, but you did not receive an email notification, please contact Christina Berthelsen at or 781-569-2337.


How do I know 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 Christina Berthelsen at or 781-569-2337 with any questions.


Does my firm need to make a donation, too?

No. CDG does not require any contribution from the client firm.


Can my donation go toward a nonprofit membership or tickets for a nonprofit event?

No. While we hope CDG will encourage involvement with local nonprofits, clients are prohibited by law from accepting any tangible benefits in return for this donation, such as memberships, gifts, event tickets, tuition credits, etc.