F.U.S.E. Preschool Awarded a $225,000 Cummings Grant
given over the next three years.

Lexington & Norwood nonprofit receives 3 years of funding from Cummings Foundation

May 30, 2024 – F.U.S.E. Preschool is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. F.U.S.E. School has two locations based in Lexington and Norwood. F.U.S.E. was selected from a total of 715 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $225,000 over three years.

F.U.S.E. (Foundations for Understanding Social Engagement) is a nonprofit therapeutic private school and summer program for neurodiverse learners ages 18 months through seven years, located in Lexington and Norwood, servicing children in and around these areas.

“I started this school with a dream to bring joy to Neurodiverse learners, receiving the Cummings Grant allows Neurodiverse families of all means join our loving community. I am grateful for the opportunity this grant has provided the F.U.S.E. School.” Dr. Lauren Weeks, Founder/Clinical Director

Behind everything we do is the idea that F.U.S.E. is a place where children feel understood, supported, and loved for who they are. Our mission, with the funding of the Cummings Foundation, is to create a scholarship program for F.U.S.E. to become more accessible for all children and families.

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Greater Boston is fortunate to have a robust, dedicated, and highly capable nonprofit sector that supports and enhances the community in myriad ways,” said Cummings Foundation executive director and trustee Joyce Vyriotes. “The entire Cummings organization is thankful for their daily work to help all our neighbors thrive.”

The majority of the grant decisions were made by nearly 100 community volunteers. They worked across a variety of committees to review and discuss the proposals and then, together, determine which requests would be funded. Among these community volunteers were business and nonprofit leaders, mayors, college presidents, and experts in areas such as finance and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).

“We believe strongly that grant decisions will be more equitable when made by a diverse group of community members,” said Vyriotes. “We’re incredibly grateful to the dozens of individuals who participated in our democratized philanthropic process.”

The Foundation and volunteers first identified 150 organizations to receive three-year grants of up to $300,000 each. The winners included first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings grants. Twenty-five of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected by a panel of community volunteers to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million each.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 49 different cities and towns.

Cummings Foundation has now awarded $500 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 2,000 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

About F.U.S.E. School
F.U.S.E. Is a play-based and relationship-focused therapeutic program. We accept all children who need social and emotional support, whether or not they have a related diagnosis. We also offer on-site occupational therapy and speech therapy. F.U.S.E., classrooms have two teachers working with six to seven children, with additional “support” teachers available to step in as a third teacher. By enhancing classroom support, any on teacher can spend extended time with any one student, as needed, focusing not on changing behaviors but on connecting with the child through coregulation and sharing joyous interactions.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.