After earning his BA in Political Science and Juris Doctorate from Boston College, VI Group manager Joseph Cuzzopoli knew firsthand the value of a top-quality education. That’s why Joe and his wife Amy established The Joseph and Amy Cuzzopoli Scholarship Fund for Boston College students.
Endowed with over $180,000, the fund is dedicated to helping qualified students get the quality education they deserve. For example, in 2019 the fund named John O’Keefe of Rye, New York as the year’s Cuzzopoli Scholar, enabling him to advance his studies in Economics at the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Amy and Joseph Cuzzopoli’s generous contribution through their scholarship fund enables Boston College students to flourish in their academic endeavors and influences them beyond their time at BC.
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At the heart of everything the VI Group does as an investment firm is its unwavering commitment to improving the lives of ordinary people through investment in the good work done by extraordinary people. This belief is so deeply held that members of the VI Group often give generously of their own time to many of the organizations they invest in.
This core commitment has led to the appointment of VI Group investor Joseph Cuzzupoli to the board of directors of Fusion Rehab Services, a physical, occupational and speech therapy clinic with locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
What drew VI Group’s attention to Fusion Rehab Services is their management team’s over fifty years of experience in healthcare, management, and rehabilitative services and the solid reputation they’ve built based on their responsibility, respect, integrity, collaboration, and innovation in providing quality care to the elderly. As an investor, Joe Cuzzupoli was impressed by the management team’s focus on working hand-in-hand with the organization’s therapists, patients and their caregivers. Their goal has always been to improve patients’ qualify of life, support their desire to stay in their own homes, and facilitate positive outcomes for their treatment and therapy.
The VI Group noted Fusion Rehab’s unique ability to analyze, develop, and implement efficient, comprehensive quality-care plans that are both cost-effective and compliant with all state and federal healthcare regulations to ensure patient comfort and safety.
As a newly-minted member of the board, Joe Cuzzupoli is looking forward to helping Fusion Rehab Services’ continue and grow their outstanding service to their elderly patients and the communities the organization serves.
One of the core tenets of the VI Group and investor Joseph Cuzzupoli is that the US economy, a healthy political system, and our country’s fundamental social fabric are all intrinsically tied to education. Simply put, a quality way of life begins with a quality education.
This central belief is one of the driving forces behind many of the investment decisions made by Joe Cuzzupoli and the partners of the VI Group. One of those investments is in the Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive, coeducational, day and boarding school for grades 9 through 12, and post-graduate. At the Cambridge School, students are encouraged to explore new educational experiences and areas of study, and to be proactive in planning their academic schedules, balancing personal interests with college expectations and the school’s requirements for graduation.
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Martha’s Vineyard is well-known for its beautiful summer homes and well-to-do residents who socialize and golf at exclusive clubs. What people might not know is that some of the island’s elite organizations also put a lot of their money where it can do a lot of good.
One of those is The Boathouse in Edgartown, a private club offering world-class recreational amenities. These include nine tennis courts, lawn game area, outside heated pools, deluxe spa, a fitness center and a casual restaurant with patio dining overlooking the main pool. This family-oriented social and recreational facility provides a wide range of activities for all ages, as well as fitness classes, personal trainers, and more.
What it also provides is much-needed investment in several of Martha’s Vineyard’s non-profit organizations through the club’s Boathouse Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization funded by the generosity of the club’s members and founders, including Joseph Cuzzupoli of the VI Group.
As a founder and director of The Boathouse, Joe Cuzzupoli saw the good that could come from cash invested in the community by the club’s members and his own investment firm, the VI Group. Every year, the Boathouse Foundation makes annual contributions, totaling over $120,000 to date, to the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club on the Vineyard. The foundation has also provided $10,000 in scholarship pledges to two graduating Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students pursuing degrees in the hospitality industry and has assisted many other island non-profits with money, auctions, and other means of support.
Ever since the first Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2011, growing numbers of boomers are becoming senior citizens every day – and unfortunately more of them will require costlier and more sophisticated healthcare than previous generations, according to a study by the United Health Foundation.
That is why Joe Cuzzupoli has dedicated his time to ensure the quality care and support needed will be there for individuals who will require comprehensive rehabilitation and nursing services. Not just for seniors, but anyone requiring post-surgical care. The kind of short-term, long-term, skilled care found at Maristhill in Waltham.
Joe Cuzzupoli was impressed by how Maristhill’s highly qualified staff has consistently demonstrated remarkable efficiency and outcomes in helping patients regain life skills so they can return home with confidence and strength as quickly as possible. Thus, Joe Cuzzupoli joined Maristhill’s Board of Directors, committing to actively participating in helping create a more effective care environment for the elderly and the injured alike.
Joe Cuzzupoli has always believed in putting his money where it can do the most good. As a longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard, he saw an opportunity to do just that with a unique investment group – MVYouth.
Founded in 2014, MVYouth is a grassroots organization designed to provide much-needed money to support the young people of Martha’s Vineyard directly through scholarships and indirectly by funding other organizations that provide youth support services.
Joseph Cuzzupoli and forty-six Vineyard families started the organization three years ago, the organization now has seventy founding donors. Funds benefit local groups working with island youth and provides scholarships to high school seniors, offering an alternative to traditional capital campaign fundraising by organizing donors around a shared mission and pooling donations to multiply the impact of each gift.
Founding donors, like Joe Cuzzupoli, make annual donations of $25,000, pledging support for a minimum of four years. In addition, Founders have agreed to underwrite all of the administrative and fundraising expenses, allowing MVYouth to flow through 100 percent of all donations.
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