Joyce Cummings and her husband, Bill, co-founded Cummings Foundation, which has awarded more than a quarter billion dollars to date to charitable causes. In 2018, they were named to Forbes’ “America’s Top 50 Givers” list, and in 2011, were the first Massachusetts residents to join The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic organization for the world’s wealthiest individuals, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.
Joyce grew up in Alabama, graduated from University of Alabama in 1962, and then headed to Boston for a dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. While later working as a dietician at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, she met her future husband, when he made a sales call on behalf of his beverage company. Bill soon transitioned to commercial real estate, where he experienced great success through his suburban-Boston firm, Cummings Properties.
Joyce is a director of Cummings Properties, trustee of Cummings Foundation, and co-founder of the New Horizons not-for-profit assisted and independent living communities operated by the Foundation. She has served on the boards of a number of community organizations, including Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, VNA Hospice Care, Winchester Community Music School, and En Ka Society, a women’s service organization.
Joyce has delivered several commencement addresses and received five honorary doctoral degrees. Other honors include the Solas Award from the Irish International Immigrant Center, Edward H. Linde Public Service Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Justice and Compassion Award from Catholic Charities, and Friend of Israel Award from Lappin Foundation. In 2017, she and Bill were inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians.
Joyce enjoys spending time with Bill and their four children and five grandchildren. She also travels extensively in many remote corners of the world.