Ten Marlborough nonprofits receive Cummings Community Giving grant

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Ten Marlborough nonprofits receive Cummings Community Giving grant
Sophia Fund executive director Tony Stoddard with a Cummings Community Giving check
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Marlborough – Ten Marlborough nonprofits were recently surprised with a collective $18,000 in funding courtesy of Cummings Properties’ Community Giving program. This annual initiative invites employees to each select a local charity to receive a $1,000 donation.

The philanthropic initiative is open to employees of Cummings Properties as well as its affiliated retirement communities, New Horizons at Marlborough and New Horizons at Choate, in Woburn. Colleagues with a decade or more with the company are given the option to select two organizations for $1,000 each.

Every organization may be selected by up to five staff members per cycle, for a total of $5,000. This year, 21 recipients reached the $5,000 maximum, including Marlborough Fire Department.

Three Marlborough organizations received $2,000 to $4,000: Kane Elementary School PTO, Marlborough Police Department, and Marlborough Public Schools.

The following Marlborough charities received $1,000 each: Boys and Girls Club of Metrowest, Goodnow Brothers Elementary School, Kits for Kids, Marlborough Public Schools Music Association, Richer Elementary School PTO, and Sophia’s Fund.

“Given our senior community’s strong, longstanding ties to this city, we weren’t at all surprised to see such support for Marlborough-based organizations,” said Betsy Connolly, executive director of New Horizons at Marlborough.

In 2020, Cummings employees directed funds to nonprofits in 100 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.

“The personal connections make this program special,” said Dennis Clarke, Cummings Properties chair and CEO. “Every full-time colleague, regardless of seniority, has an opportunity to help a local cause that means a great deal to him or her.”

New Horizons employee Anna Stoddard designated her $1,000 to Marlborough’s Sophia’s Fund, a charity dedicated to fighting childhood cancer.

“After my family was impacted by pediatric cancer, we decided we were going to start assisting other families going through the same situation,” said Stoddard. “It means so much to be able to help people struggling with those circumstances.”

Now in its ninth year, Cummings Community Giving has resulted in more than $3 million in donations to area nonprofits. More information, including the complete 2020 recipient list, is available at www.cummings.com/ccg.