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Parents Giving Program

Welcome, Tufts University Families!

The mission of the Tufts Parents Giving Program is to partner with parents to directly impact and enhance the daily student experience. We accomplish this through encouraging parent philanthropy, engaging leadership donor parents through the Parents Leadership Council, and hosting regional events including the annual Parents and Family Weekend.

Our photo gallery from Parents and Family Weekend is here!

Parents and Family Weekend October 13-14, 2017

Each October, Tufts welcomes thousands of parents and friends to campus for Parents and Family Weekend, a celebration of life on campus. This year's Parents and Family Weekend is October 13-14.Parents and other guests are welcome to attend the arts festival and myriad lectures and workshops. For an overview of what Parents and Family is like, please see 2016's brochure.

Parent Giving

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The creators of eBay and Blogger. The singer who saved the Negro spiritual. The greatest political intellect from New York since Alexander Hamilton. The inventor of Mrs. Butterworth’s Pancake Syrup. All Tufts alumni. Learn more about some of our notable alumni. How will your student make an impact?

Each year, parents contribute over $6 million in support of the student experience at Tufts through annual and major gifts. The annual Parents Fund, which raises $2.5 million, provides critical support for student research, faculty recruitment and retention, athletics, financial aid, innovative programming, and enhanced research facilities. Parents also support university-wide priorities by making gifts to the endowment to support scholarships, building projects and other university initiatives. Please review the methods and ways to give or call the Parents Giving Program at 617-627-3798 for more information.

We host a number of smaller parent events throughout the country and internationally, connecting parents to the university faculty and senior administrators. Parents are also included in many of the events and affinity groups provided through the Tufts Office of Alumni Relations.


The Parents Giving Program communicates regularly with parents through print and electronic newsletters. We share highlights of campus life as well as stories of how your parent philanthropy impacts the daily experience of students. Please make sure we have your current email address by contacting us at

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John Doe, A17P, Susan Smyth, E15P...ever wonder what the letters and numbers after names mean? Find out.


  • Gina A. DeSalvo
    Parents Giving Program Director
    Tel: 617-627-0644
  • Craig O'Donnell
    Associate Director
    Tel: 617-627-4714
  • Sally Klose
    Parents Giving Program Coordinator
    Tel: 617-627-3798
  • Linda Levin-Scherz, A09P, M16P
    Assistant Director
    Tel: 617-627-5330
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