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Endowment and Capital Giving

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When you contribute to the endowment, you strengthen the permanent capital of Tufts. Your gift establishes an enduring legacy that will benefit students and faculty in perpetuity. Thanks to increasingly generous philanthropy and strategic, prudent investments, Tufts’ endowment now totals $1.6 billion, as of June 30, 2015.

Endowed gifts strengthen Tufts in several ways:

  • Endowment dollars for scholarships give Tufts the resources to compete for the best students. Financial aid remains the single greatest challenge facing schools across Tufts as they seek to temper the expense of tuition with generous scholarships.
  • Endowment funds give Tufts the means to be more competitive with peer institutions for the best faculty. Endowed named professorships, for instance, bring leading scholars and researchers to Tufts who invigorate the entire academic enterprise with their expertise.
  • Endowment funds build our scholarly and research reputation by providing excellent faculty with top-notch facilities, including laboratory space in the sciences, performance spaces in the arts, access to libraries and archives in the social sciences, and travel funding.
  • Because a portion of an endowed gift is invested, the larger the university’s endowment, the more income can be generated to ensure institutional vitality well into the future.
  • An endowed fund can be established with a minimum commitment of $25,000. You may leave a legacy to Tufts in your name, in the name of a beloved faculty member, or any other person, when you endow a professorship. Endowed scholarships begin at $100,000 and endowed professorships start at $2 million.

Capital Gifts

Any gift that is designated for a particular initiative, such as endowment support, scholarship assistance, or building renovation, is a capital gift. Capital gifts are made in the form of cash, securities, or property. Capital gifts of a certain magnitude may be used for naming opportunities—for example, a classroom or a scholarship fund may be named for the donor or in honor of another person of the donor’s choosing. Capital gifts of a certain magnitude may also be used to endow a fund (such as a scholarship, faculty chair, or book fund) in the name of the donor or another.

To learn more about endowment and capital support, you may view the Endowment Performance and Policies or contact:

Eric Johnson
Senior Vice President for University Advancement