Armenian Museum of America Receives $100,000 Grant

WATERTOWN — The Armenian Museum of America has been selected as one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 program. The organization was chosen from more than 430 applicants.

The Armenian Museum offers exhibits and diverse cultural and literary programs to its members and the community at large. It is where Armenian-Americans can discover their roots and where people of all ethnic backgrounds can see how the story of the Armenian people plays a vital part within America’s cultural symphony.

Representing the Armenian Museum of America, Haig Der Manuelian, chairman, and Dan K. Dorian, Executive Board Member, joined more than 250 other guests at a June 2 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10-million infusion of funding into greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. For the second year, this event drew representatives from all 100 grantee organizations, as well as many public officials.

“The Armenian Museum is extremely grateful to be recognized as a remarkable force in the cultural world. Outside of Armenia, we are known to be the largest Armenian Museum in the world. We as well as the other recipients are very fortunate that the Cummings Foundation has the wisdom and foresight to recognize the importance of our institution and is able to give so generously to help us to make a difference in the world,” Der Manuelian said.

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 awarded 38 grants in Middlesex County, 25 in Essex County and 37 in Suffolk County.

Through this “place-based” initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space.

Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director, said, “Cummings Foundation is very committed to the local communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work. We are delighted to support very worthy nonprofits like Armenian Museum of America that are working tirelessly for the benefit of the people they serve.”

This year’s group of grant recipients represents a variety of causes, including underserved populations, education, healthcare, hunger relief and homelessness prevention. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at