$116 million achievement

University sets another annual record for fund-raising

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 record year.

“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.

Philanthropic highlights include:

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 Intercultural Center.

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 Fisher, A07P.

Two seven-figure pledges to invest in a master facilities renovation plan at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.