He went from a one-bedroom apartment in Medford, to a more than $1 billion fortune and now Bill Cummings, the founder of Boston real estate giant Cummings Properties, is giving nearly all of it away. Since founding The Cummings Foundation, Cummings and his wife Joyce have donated more than $200 million to charity. And in 2011, they became the first Massachusetts couple to sign The Giving Pledge, joining Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates and other billionaires in vowing to donate the majority of their wealth to charity.
Bill Cummings joined Jim Braude to discuss his donations and his new memoir Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist.