Press Release: Italian Home for Children Receives Cummings Foundation Grant for Autism Program


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Contact: Maura Webster

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The Cummings Foundation to Provide Funding to Grow Programs for Children with Autism


Jamaica Plain, MA – June 5, 2018 – Italian Home for Children has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Italian Home was selected to receive the generous funding form a pool of 597 applicants this year.


The funds from Cummings Foundation will weave together a comprehensive, coordinated system of care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, encompassing a wide range of much needed services.


“We provide many of these services now,” Alan Jacobson, CEO of Italian Home for Children states, “but this grant will allow us to grow our work in the autism area and help more kids. We are so grateful to Cummings Foundation for recognizing this need and supporting our work toward improving services for this special group.”


Through the Cummings Foundation grant, the Italian Home will add care management and navigation services to families to ensure that all children move within the network of care providers in a way that leads to clarity, success, and lower stress on the family. These services, and an integrated curriculum, will make an indelible impact on the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.


About Italian Home for Children:

Since 1919, Italian Home for Children has provided an integrated network of powerful and effective programs to help children and families with emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges thrive in their communities. For more information, visit


About Cummings Foundation:

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it recently joined Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation as one of the three 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 in North Grafton, Mass. Additional information is available at