Breaking News: SCFG Awarded $100K Grant

Science Club for Girls awarded $100,000

Cambridge-based education nonprofit receives major Cummings Foundation grant

SCFG staff members (from left) Karen O'Neill, Kate Pickle, Lonsdale Koester and Abby Cheng celebrate the award of $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation, May 24, 2016.

SCFG staff members (from left) Karen O’Neill, Kate Pickle, Lonsdale Koester and Abby Cheng celebrate the award of $100,000 by the Cummings Foundation, May 24, 2016.



Contact: Lonsdale Koester, Executive Director

Science Club for Girls

617-391-0361, ext. 106

Contact: Julie DeSilva,

Cummings Foundation



CAMBRIDGE, May 23, 2016 — Science Club for Girls is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Cambridge-based afterschool program was selected from a pool of 479 applicants through a competitive review process.


Science Club for Girls operates free, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math afterschool programs for girls, especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM. Guided by mentors, most of whom are women from the STEM community, the girls build skills and self-confidence, exploring new academic and career paths along the way.


Representatives of Science Club for Girls will join an estimated 300 guests at a June 9th reception at Trade Center 128 in Woburn to celebrate this year’s recipients, who are collectively receiving a $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector.


“We are deeply thankful for the Cummings Foundation’s generous commitment to our programs,” said Lonsdale Koester, Science Club for Girls executive director. “Science Club for Girls is experiencing an exciting phase of growth, and this investment is perfectly timed to help us accelerate that growth and inspire more girls toward a future in STEM.”


The $100,000 grant will be invested over three years to support implementation of SCFG’s three-year growth plan. Already this year, the organization has experienced a dramatic increase in both participation (24%) and program-related volunteers (32%). By 2018, Science Club for Girls expects to have grown participation by at least 50% over 2015 enrollments. Additional activities planned with the support of this grant include an expanded curriculum, new program offerings for teens, a new alumnae network, and an updated impact analysis.


The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year the program is benefitting 41 cities and towns within the Commonwealth.


“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Science Club for Girls are doing in local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”


The complete list of 100 grant winners will be available online as of June 9th at


About Science Club for Girls

Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has been providing free, fun after school programs for girls in STEM for over 20 years; what began as one kindergarten club in 1994 is now serving 1,200 girls in grades K-12 annually in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Brookline and Lawrence, led by over 200 volunteer mentor scientists. Over 75% of SCFG participants come from racial or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM fields. SCFG’s mission is to “foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” For more information, please visit


About Cummings Foundation

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at

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