(L-R) Joyce Cummings, Founder of the Cummings Foundation; Jaimie March, Executive Director, May Center School in Wilmington, Mass.; Christine Goodrich, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, May Institute; and Bill Cummings, Founder of the Cummings Foundation

May Institute Awarded $200,000 Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant


Wilmington, Mass. — May Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based services to individuals across the lifespan with autism and other special needs, has been awarded a $200K Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation. The organization is one of just 33 Greater Boston nonprofits selected to share $10 million in grants over the next 10 years.

The Cummings Foundation’s Sustaining Grants Program was designed to reward and support the work of “especially effective” previous $100K for 100 grant winners. According to the Foundation, this long-term funding is intended to alleviate the burden of continuous fundraising, and allow staff to focus more of their time and energy on delivering and enhancing their services.

“We are very grateful to be one of the recipients of the Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants,” said Jaimie March, Executive Director of the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Wilmington, Mass. “We plan to spend most of our first year’s grant allocation to break ground for a new playground, and on supplies and materials needed for enrollment expansion.”

Sustaining Grant winners were primarily selected by a volunteer committee that included former state legislators, CEOs of companies and organizations in Greater Boston, a retired Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and a noted Boston Globe reporter, among many others. Committee members conducted two site visits with each nonprofit to learn about its mission and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

During a formal awards presentation ceremony, committee member Paul Lohnes described May Institute as an organization that “serves individuals with a variety of disabilities, promoting independence, choice, dignity, and respect. The organization is extremely well managed and provides a premier level of support to the students in its school, many of whom face severe challenges. The teachers are totally dedicated and highly educated specialists. Our visit to this school, as one volunteer noted, ‘was eye-opening to me in many ways, and I can’t praise enough the organization and the staff who work tirelessly to support this very challenged student population. May Institute is deserving of the Foundation’s whole-hearted support.’”

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 60 years ago, the organization provides a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc., was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at

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