Cummings Foundation last night awarded $100,000 grants to 100 nonprofits, including 15 on the North Shore. The grants were announced at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

North Shore organizations receiving awards included Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly Children’s Learning Center, Beverly Education Foundation, Beverly Hospital, Beverly School for the Deaf, Change is Simple, Children’s Friend and Family Services, Essex County Community Foundation, Essex National Heritage Commission, Healing Abuse Working for a Change, Hospice of North Shore & Greater Boston, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, North Shore Community Mediation, North Shore InnoVentures, and Northshore Education Consortium.

The grants were awarded under Cummings Foundation’s $10 million “$100K for 100” program. The charities were chosen from more than 370 applicants.

Cummings Foundation was established in 1986 by Bill and Joyce Cummings and has assets of more than $1 billion. It is the primary beneficiary of Cummings Properties, the commercial real estate firm that operates 82 buildings in 10 Greater Boston communities, including Cummings Center office park in Beverly.

Nine of the 100 grants were awarded to Beverly-based organizations, including Change is Simple, an environmental education nonprofit.

“The Cummings Foundation is a huge opportunity for Change is Simple and will allow us to deliver vital environmental education to every third-, fourth- and fifth-grader in both Beverly and Salem over the next two years,” said Change is Simple executive director Lauren Belmonte.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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