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Community Spotlight

We would like to extend a special thanks to those in our community whose generosity enables us to continue to serve the girls of Greater Lowell.


The Sustaining Grants program builds on Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell was honored to receive a “$100K for 100” grant in 2015. The Cummings grant made an incredible impact on the Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell Center-based programs, allowing the agency the opportunity to serve hundreds of new girls each year.  Grant recipients that received their final $100K for 100 grant disbursements in 2016 were automatically considered for the new funding opportunity. Sustaining Grants winners will receive $50,000 annually for up to 10 additional years.

In May of 2017, the Cummings Foundation awarded a total of $2.5 million through its brand new Sustaining Grants program to five local nonprofits, including Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell.

Representatives of the winning organizations learned of their major grant awards during a reception at Strega Prime restaurant, at Woburn’s TradeCenter 128 campus. The Foundation invited them under the pretext of offering finalists for the grants one last opportunity to make pitches for their nonprofits. The evening quickly turned celebratory, however, when Cummings Foundation founder Bill Cummings announced that all five of the organizations in attendance had already been selected as the winners.

“I was absolutely stunned, and our Program Director and Board President started crying,” said Tracy Reilly-Ingersoll, Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, describing the moment she realized her organization had won a grant.

Having reached maximum capacity at its Worthen Street Center, Girls Incorporated will use the funding to expand its Outreach Program at local public schools and community centers.

“The grant will allow us to take the Outreach Program and put a rocket under it, so to speak, doubling and then tripling the number of girls we serve,” said Reilly-Ingersoll. “That multiplier effect will be phenomenal for our mission.”

[Pictured here (L to R): Joyce Cummings, Maura Sweeney, Tracy Reilly-Ingersoll, Jennifer Demers, and Bill Cummings]

We are immensely grateful for the Cummings Foundation support!