For the second year in a row, Tufts set a record for institutional support,
raising $116 million during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The
university raised $94 million during the previous fiscal year, also a
“It is a tribute to the many individuals and organizations who invested
in the intellectual, social and athletic pursuits of our community, as
evidenced by the wide participation in our reunion and annual fund efforts,”
said Brian Lee, vice president for advancement. “Their magnanimous support
sustains and strengthens Tufts’ commitment to making a difference in the
world through its teaching, research, public service advocacy and community
initiatives,” he noted.
Class giving to the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering by
all reunion classes set a new record by raising more than $1.5 million.
A commitment from Cummings Foundation Inc. to invest $50 million in
the School of Veterinary Medicine over the next 15 years—the largest
gift in the history of the university.
An $8.25 million grant from the Omidyar Network, thanks to the recommendation
of Pamela Wesley Omidyar, J89, and Pierre Omidyar, A88. The gift will
support the University College and its focus on active citizenship.
The creation of the Schuster Fund by Elaine and Gerald Schuster, P76,
P79, P82, to support faculty development in Arts & Sciences and encourage
active citizenship and public service.
Richard Snyder, A55, provided funds to create the President’s Lecture
Series to bring prominent intellectual, social and political figures
to campus to present provocative points of view on current events and
issues of national or international significance. The inaugural speaker
will be Dr. Leon R. Kass, chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics
and a Hertog Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute. He will
give his lecture, “Ageless Bodies, Happy Souls: Biotechnology and the
Pursuit of Happiness,” on Monday, October 4, at 4 p.m. in the Cabot
An endowed graduate fellowship in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering from Jonathan G. Curtis, E69.
At the School of Medicine, significant endowment contributions from
Trustee Alfred Tauber, A69, M73, for financial aid, and from the estate
of Harvey Ansell, M32, for faculty support.
At the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, two new graduate
fellowships from the Unilever Health Institute.
A challenge by Peter Davenport, A59, and Sylvia Tilly Davenport, J59,
to their classmates that brought the Class of 1959 Endowed Scholarship
to $1 million, making it the largest class scholarship at Tufts.
Agnes Varis’ $5 million commitment to the School of Veterinary Medicine
to support programs in biomedical science and public health.
A $1 million naming gift from John Bello, A68, and Nancy Bello, J69,
to complete construction of an artificial turf field for athletics.
A $1 million commitment toward the new music center by Lester and Gwen
Two seven-figure pledges to invest in a master facilities renovation
plan at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.