Hyde Square Task Force Receives $100K Cummings Foundation Grant

Hyde Square Task Force is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Jamaica Plain-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is a youth community development nonprofit based in Boston’s Latin Quarter neighborhood in Jamaica Plain which serves over 1,000 youth from across the city each year, nearly all of whom are Latinx, Black, or multiracial and come from low-income backgrounds. Young people are at the heart of HSTF’s innovative program model, which offers arts based leadership programming, college and career support, and youth-led community development initiatives. HSTF’s 100K for 100 Grant will support our year-round arts mastery, college and career, and community building programming, which directly impacts 370 high school- and college-age youth leaders from across Boston.

Representing Hyde Square Task Force, Executive Director Dr. Celina E. Miranda will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

“We are honored to be a $100K for 100 Program Grantee. This support will be integral to our work, which bridges the opportunity and enrichment gap that many of our young people face,” Dr. Miranda shared.

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations like Hyde Square Task Force are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to invest in their efforts.”

This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at CummingsFoundation.org.

About Hyde Square Task Force

Incorporated in 1991, Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) is a nationally-recognized youth community development nonprofit based in Boston’s Latin Quarter which serves over 1,000 youth from across the city each year. For over 25 years, HSTF has been engaging children, teens, and young adults ages 6 to 25 in leadership development, college and career preparation and success, arts and cultural enrichment, school-based partnerships, and youth-led community building initiatives. Their work is guided by one fundamental belief: that when youth are able to transform themselves, they can transform their communities. Additional information is available at hydesquare.org.

About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at CummingsFoundation.org.