Giving Back


The Cliff & Susan Rucker Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts. In alignment with the goals of Rucker Investments, our aim for grant-making is to make a transformative impact on the greater community.

We welcome requests that address but do not need to be limited to the following areas:

Grants will be considered for tax-exempt organizations that meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.


Grant requests are accepted year-round. Requests are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis. Please apply by completing the grant request form.


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Cliff Rucker is the Founder and Chairman of NFS Leasing, Inc. a privately-held leader in equipment finance across the U.S and Canada. Mr. Rucker is the Principal owner of Porzia Properties, a diversified real estate holding company with retail, industrial, residential, and office properties. 

Mr. Rucker is the owner and governor of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, a minor league (ECHL) professional hockey team as well as owns several hospitality and entertainment venues including the Worcester Palladium, Off The Rails Music Venue & Restaurant, the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Arena, and The District Wood Fired Kitchen. 

Mr. Rucker owns Rucker Investments, a private equity firm. Holdings include a broad and diversified portfolio in targeted sectors including private equity, real estate, sports, entertainment, and hospitality.

Mr. Rucker was the Founder and CEO of NEXL, a national provider of IT services and outsourcing. Mr. Rucker oversaw the successful sale of NEXL to publicly traded NASDAQ Company MTM Technologies in 2005.

Mr. Rucker resides in Massachusetts’ North Shore with his wife and five children. Mr. Rucker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University and has been involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors throughout his career.