Fall 2019 Seminar Series


Tuesday, November 19, 2019
8:00am: Doors open & breakfast is served
8:30am-10:30am: Speaking Program

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Salvatore's Conference Center
354 Merrimack Street
Lawrence, MA 01843

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Andrew Duncan
978-459-9000 x4582

Starting Small and Making It Big:
An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist 

Bill never aspired to be a billionaire – and never acknowledged he was one until long after it happened. He thrives at being an opportunist and believes that this often-misunderstood trait is one of the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. In recent years, Bill has become well known for his singular dedication to giving back to the communities and institutions so vital to his success. Each year, Cummings Foundation awards $25 million in grants, earning him and his wife Joycea spot on the latest Forbes Top 50 Givers List.

  • Hear about Bill’s journey from humble beginnings to the Giving Pledge
  • Learn what Cummings Foundation looks for when selecting nonprofits to support
  • Understand the Cummings organization’s unique model of using commercial real estate to fuel philanthropy



Bill Cummings
Founder, Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation

Bill became a serial entrepreneur in earnest, and then a philanthropist, after first working all over the country with two national consumer-products firms. In 1964, Bill spent $4,000 to purchase his first real business, and with the million-dollar proceeds from the sale of that business in 1970, he founded a suburban-Boston commercial real estate firm, Cummings Properties. Along the way, he accumulated uncommon wealth, much of which he and his wife, Joyce, have been actively disbursing through Cummings Foundation, which they established together in 1986.

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