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Couple Embraces Eclectic Mix of Global Causes
for $1.2-Billion Fund

May 8, 2014

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, somewhat of a “bible” in the nonprofit world, published two very complimentary feature stories about Cummings Foundation in its May 8, 2014 edition. The articles focus on the Foundation’s growing support of eastern Massachusetts charities, as well as its work related to healthcare and education in Rwanda.

Author Nicole Lewis wrote, “While the Cummingses have developed a deep affinity for Rwanda, the Boston area remains a top priority. That’s where they built their business and raised a family and where the 370 employees of Cummings Properties live and work.”

The full story, which can be viewed on pages 11 and 12 of the online version, goes on to read, “A common thread is their desire to give to needy causes, as Mrs. Cummings puts it, rather than to adhere to a rigid philanthropic agenda and then search for charities to fulfill it.”

In relation to their international philanthropy, Joyce and Bill Cummings are now planning their third visit to Rwanda. In fact, the photo above was taken by Cummings Foundation trustee Arlan “Skip” Fuller, M.D. during an August 2013 trip to the East African country. (After seeing the Chronicle of Philanthropy story, Dr. Fuller commented that, while he has always enjoyed photography, he had never expected to see one of his pictures in a national publication.)

Currently, Joyce and Bill are working with Dr. Paul Farmer and his Partners In Health on a potential health sciences university to be built in Rwanda to serve the entire African continent and beyond. Cummings Foundation has pledged the first $15 million toward this effort, which is expected to vastly improve the availability of well-trained physicians, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, and other health professionals to serve some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to speak with other donors who may have an interest in supporting this marvelous Partners In Health effort.

 

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