The Resolution Center awarded $105,000 Cummings grant

Essex County conflict resolution nonprofit receives 3 years of funding from Cummings Foundation


Beverly, May 25, 2023 – The Resolution Center is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The Beverly-based organization was selected from a total of 630 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $105,000 over 3 years.

The Resolution Center, formerly named the North Shore Community Mediation Center, has been providing conflict resolution skills and services to Essex County residents since 1994. Mediation empowers individuals to resolve their conflicts using the most powerful human skill: effective communication. Resolution Center mediators give people an opportunity to resolve disputes of any kind – within families, between neighbors, consumer complaints, housing issues, school and workplace conflicts, and more.

“We’ve all seen tensions running high and patience running low over the last few exhausting years, and this funding will allow us to meet the greater need for communication and healthy approaches to conflict,” said Resolution Center Executive Director Hannah Bowen. “Our mediators, facilitators, and trainers are an incredible resource for young people, families, community groups, and businesses that are trying to repair relationships and navigate hard conversations.”

With this multi-year funding, The Resolution Center will give more North Shore residents the skills and support to transform increasingly frequent and intense conflict into opportunities for community-building. By expanding services at this time, and focusing especially on making skills training and community dialogue more accessible, The Resolution Center will play a key part in the culture shift back toward understanding, healthy dialogue, connection, and constructive approaches to conflict.

Cummings Grant team

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“The way the local nonprofit sector perseveres, steps up, and pivots to meet the shifting needs of the community is most impressive,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joyce Vyriotes. “We are incredibly grateful for these tireless efforts to support people in the community and to increase equity and access to opportunities.”

The majority of the grant decisions were made by about 90 volunteers. They worked across a variety of committees to review and discuss the proposals and then, together, determine which requests would be funded. Among these community volunteers were business and nonprofit leaders, mayors, college presidents, and experts in areas such as finance and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).

“It would not be possible for the Foundation to hire the diversity and depth of expertise and insights that our volunteers bring to the process,” said Vyriotes. “We so appreciate the substantial time and thought they dedicated toward ensuring that our democratized version of philanthropy results in equitable outcomes that will really move the needle on important issues in local communities.”

The Foundation and volunteers first identified 150 organizations to receive three-year grants of up to $225,000 each. The winners included first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings grants. Twenty-five of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected by a volunteer panel to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million each.

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 46 different cities and towns.

Cummings Foundation has now awarded $480 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 1,500 previous recipients, is available at

About The Resolution Center

The Resolution Center, formerly the North Shore Community Mediation Center, is an independent non-profit, incorporated in 1994. We provide conflict resolution and training services to the communities of Essex County. We care about people and we care about their conversations. As mediators we are impartial and never take a side but rather use questions to reframe the conversation and de-escalate the conflict. We’re your community resource. Learn more at


About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at


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