Videos and Clips of Joyce and Bill Cummings
FIRG Seminar - 9/30/2020
Bill Cummings spoke (virtually) at Duke University about “Democratizing Philanthropy.” Watch the recording to learn more about Cummings Foundation’s unconventional approach to charitable giving, which involves empowering more than 100 volunteers to determine the majority of recipients of a total of $25 million each year.
Cold Call Podcast - 5/26/2020
After billionaire and philanthropist Bill Cummings retires, the management team at Cummings Properties must determine how to move the company forward. Listen to the entire podcast, which premiered on May 26 on Cold Call.
BNEWS Special - 2/5/2020
BNEWS anchor Phil Gallagher recently sat down with Cummings Foundation deputy director Joyce Vyriotes to discuss the Foundation's history and the extensive reach of its many good works.
Cummings Foundation received the Colby Award from Boston’s Museum of Science. This recognition is “bestowed annually on members of the Museum of Science family who have made extraordinary contributions of time, treasure, and talent.”
WCVB Chronicle - 10/12/2018
WCVB’s “Chronicle” crew visited with Bill Cummings at his home, at the historic Cummings Center campus, and at Sustaining Grant recipient Mission of Deeds. Shayna Seymour and her team sat down with Bill while he answered the question “how does it feel to make a billion dollars and then plan to give much of it away?”
Boston 25 News - 6/8/2018
Cummings Foundation donates $100,000 to 100 non-profit organizations annually through the $100K for 100 program. Watch the video to see the excitement of the night. “I don't think of it as proud so much as happy. We really enjoy it, the opportunity to confront all these happy people,” Bill said of the event. MORE
WBUR - 5/8/2018
Bill Cummings built his fortune in the real estate world. Starting with just a single building in Woburn, Cummings Properties now spans 11 million square feet across northeastern Massachusetts. In 2011, Bill and his wife Joyce became the first people in Massachusetts to sign the Giving Pledge, a promise to give away at least half of their total wealth. The Cummings Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the state, and it is unique in how the donations are distributed.
Greater Boston - 4/24/2018
WGBH “Greater Boston” news host Jim Braude interviewed Bill on his decision to donate nearly all of his fortune to mostly local charities. They discuss Bill and Joyce’s membership in the Giving Pledge and how they hope to inspire others to give back. MORE
WBZ Boston - 4/20/2018
Having just given away $10 million to about 30 nonprofits in the Boston area, Bill says, “We can all do something. We can give of ourselves, of our time. We can give our physical labor. If we have financial ability, we can give that. And working together, it changes society.” MORE
Joyce and Bill were inducted into Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. With the theme ROI: Return on Influence, the Chamber celebrated honorees who have "invested their time, talents, and influence to build a stronger region."
Bloomberg Radio - 5/8/2017
"You may not have a private plane. But you definitely have a moral compass, which I think is really really needed in today's society." Bloomberg Radio host Carol Massar spoke these words toward the end of a live interview with Joyce and Bill Cummings, just hours before Joyce and Bill were honored by Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as "2017 Distinguished Bostonians."
Bill and Joyce Cummings delivered the 2016 commencement speech at Endicott College, addressing more than 4,000 graduates, family members, faculty, and staff. President Richard E. Wylie presented Bill and Joyce with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
Given to recognize extensive philanthropic contributions and social impact on the Greater Boston community.
Ten years after making a $50 million commitment to what thereafter became known as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Joyce and Bill Cummings addressed the 33rd graduating class.
Bill Cummings had the honor of offering welcoming remarks when Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley said Mass at New Horizons at Marlborough.
Salem State University dedicated the James L. McKeown Memorial Plaza, honoring the late "Jamie" McKeown, a magna cum laude graduate of the Class of 1977 and president of Cummings Properties from 1990 until his sudden death in 1996.
BBJ's Visionary Award is presented each year to recognize the movers and shakers in the Greater Boston commercial real estate industry.
Bill spoke to fellow Tufts alumni and real estate professionals about how he got started in the business as well as about his recent shift to philanthropy.
Named from the Gaelic word for "Light," IIIC's Solas Awards are presented annually to individuals whose work is inspirational and who are committed to giving back to their communities.
On Tuesday, November 19, the North Shore Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Cummings with a 2013 North Shore Distinguished Citizen Award. As Bill was traveling out of the country at the time, Steve Drohosky, general manager of Cummings Center, accepted the award on his behalf at the Chamber's 2013 Annual Dinner.
Honoring civic and charitable contributions, along with a life-long commitment to the highest values of service to the greater community.
Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 300 people, including staff and board members from the local nonprofits that received grants of $100,000 each.
At an event presented by The Boston Foundation, at the Kennedy Library, Joyce and Bill Cummings spoke to more than 400 representatives of local nonprofits. During a 20-minute talk, they shared their personal and business backgrounds, spoke about Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation, and discussed the future of the Foundation’s new grant-making affiliates.