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Cummings Foundation

100Kfor100 logoFounded in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA, Cummings Foundation, Inc. is one of the largest private foundations in New England. It was created to “give back” to local communities, and it continues to provide ongoing support to hundreds of local causes including healthcare, education, social justice, and underserved populations. We were thrilled to be selected as a 2014 recipient of their $100K for 100 program that supports “local charities…doing so much for their communities, many of them with very limited staff and resources.” This award has had an incredibly meaningful impact on the Alray Scholars Program and the deserving students we serve. In 2017, we were thrilled once again to be selected for a second $100K for 100 grant to continue our important work.

Forest Foundation

Forest Foundation

Forest Foundation is committed to fostering the next generation of public service leaders through our Undergraduate Fellowship Program and innovative funding initiative, FF Ventures. With our Regional Grants, we support new and emerging non-profits that deliver critical need to under-served youth and families.



Lenny Zakim Fund


Named after the late civil rights leader Lenny Zakim, who ran the New England operation of the Anti-Defamation League, the Lenny Zakim Fund (LZF) supports small but effective Massachusetts nonprofits that are working to make their communities better. As a LZF recipient, the Alray Scholars Program receives both a grant and access to the LZF’s network of training and resources. The goal is to nurture small nonprofits that are committed to the kind of sustained bridge-building that Lenny Zakim dedicated his life to doing, so these groups can grow and increase their effectiveness. The LZF runs targeted seminars and intensive training institutes for its member organizations throughout the year, and provides pro bono legal advice from DLA Piper, the respected Boston law firm that supports the LZF. Most appealing to the Alray Scholars Program is that the LZF has developed into the kind of organization we hope ours will become: one with a wide reach and deep impact but also one that has managed to remain true to its grassroots spirit.


Lewis Family Foundation

We are proud recipients of the Grand Circle Associates Grant, established to transform peoples’ lives and build strong communities by empowering young people, developing courageous leaders and creating strong alliances with key strategic partners in the Lewis family’s hometowns of Boston, MA and Kensington, NH and within the global villages where their company, Grand Circle Corporation travels.

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Mass Mentoring

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) provides training and technical assistance for youth mentoring programs working to produce high quality mentoring relationships for youth across Massachusetts. Mass Mentoring recognizes the need for agencies to get specific training and support to meet their individual needs and support the implementation of their own individual practices and efforts, and we are thrilled to partner with them as we develop and expand the mentoring component of the Alray Scholars Program.

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Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation

Named to honor its founder, the Forté Foundation awards a small number of grants each year, allocating the majority of their funds to youth programs. The focus of the foundation is to serve “organizations working with disadvantaged Greater Boston youth to improve job skills, increase self-esteem and heighten personal aspirations”. We are thrilled to receive a grant from the Forté Foundation for 2013 and we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the coming year.


Staples Foundation

This grant is part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program, called 2 Million and Change, encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.

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The Giving Common

We are proud to be a member of The Giving Common community. The Giving Common understands that data is a critical part of driving social change and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our story.



In an effort to offer Alray Scholars first-rate guidance in making the most of the financial resources available to them, we’ve teamed up with the nonprofit uAspire. This Boston-based nonprofit, formerly known as ACCESS, has become a national leader in college access and affordability issues. It helps students overcome the financial hurdles standing between them and their degrees by partnering with schools and community profits like ours to provide students with free financial aid advance and advocacy services throughout the academic year, coming in the form of both one-on-one and group advising sessions. Experienced uAspire counselors will help Alray Scholars complete their all-important annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFA, forms, as well as providing other vital services. By forming strategic partnerships like this one with uAspire, we can focus on what we do best while also getting our students the resources they need to make sure they can do theirs.