The Cummings organization, which includes the New Horizons at Marlborough senior living community, is giving back to the communities where its employees live and where it does business through a newly expanded Employee Directed Giving program. This month, Cummings Properties and New Horizons are inviting staff members to each select a local charity to receive a donation of $1,000 from the Company.
Employee Directed Giving began in 2012 as a pilot program, open to full-time employees with 10 or more years of service with the Cummings organization. The success of this philanthropic effort prompted the firm to extend the 2013 program to full-time staff with a minimum of just one year of seniority.
Cummings Properties has announced that the 2014 program will be open to every regular full-time employee, regardless of tenure. In addition, Employee Directed Giving will now be offered two times each year, once in January and again in August. Each time, hundreds of staff members will have the opportunity to designate a local nonprofit organization for a $1,000 donation.
Cummings Properties president and CEO Dennis Clarke said, “We are delighted at the enthusiasm our colleagues and their families have shown for philanthropy through Employee Directed Giving, and we look forward to the participation of even more staff members this year with the program’s expansion.”
More than 350 staff members are eligible to participate in this month’s Employee Directed Giving program, which is separate from and in addition to the Company’s employee matching gifts program.
Selected nonprofits must meet the program’s eligibility requirements. For example, funds may not be donated for religious or political purposes. In addition, the Company’s focus on supporting local communities means charities must be based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, or Suffolk County, or the city or town in which the employee lives. Organizations are eligible to receive up to $5,000 per program, if multiple staff members designate the same nonprofit.
The Cummings organization has a presence in 10 suburban Boston communities. Eight of its eligible staff members reside in Marlborough, including New Horizons Sales & Marketing Director Maryellen King, who has been a participant in previous rounds of donations.
“At New Horizons we find housing solutions for seniors,” stated King. “Because of that [focus], I allocated $1,000 to Roland’s House, an organization that offers housing search and other services, as well as a temporary emergency shelter in Marlborough serving up to 18 men and women.”
Employees have until January 26 to designate their nonprofit recipients. The Company will then distribute the cash donations around the first week in February. Last year, many participants opted to hand deliver the contributions to their selected charities, often with one or more of their children acting as the final delivery person.
While Employee Directed Giving is operated and funded by Cummings Properties, the firm’s affiliated foundation also provides substantial philanthropic support locally, including to New Horizons at Marlborough and New Horizons at Choate, in Woburn. Cummings Foundation has promised to donate more than $20 million to eastern Massachusetts charities this year.
More information about Employee Directed Giving is available at www.cummingsproperties.com/employee_directed_giving.htm