Types of Gifts

Friedman Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund allow the school to respond quickly to unforeseen needs and provide a critical stream of funding for areas of greatest need, such as student financial aid, nutrition research, student internship support, faculty support, and school operating expenses.

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Increased support for financial aid is one of the Friedman School’s top priorities. The school’s ability to attract talented, deserving, and passionate candidates is in many cases dependent on our ability to offer financial aid packages that are competitive with peer nutrition programs.

Research conducted at the Friedman School strives to identify science-based solutions to nutritional crises caused by food insecurity, natural disaster, disease, obesity, and aging. Through projects undertaken by faculty, students, and centers, the school plays an active role in devising interventions and policy guidelines that make a real difference in the world.

All Friedman academic programs require or strongly encourage students to complete an internship to enhance their learning and better prepare them to tackle real-world nutrition challenges. Travel to and programming for internships is supported by the Annual Fund.

Our faculty are renowned, respected experts in immunology, neuroscience, biostatistics, epidemiology, and more. The Friedman School brings these experts under one roof, combining their multiple perspectives to create a truly interdisciplinary educational environment. The Annual Fund helps us to attract and retain our esteemed faculty and enables us to support their scientific endeavors.

HNRCA Annual Fund

The HNRCA is the largest research institution in the world devoted to investigating the relationship between nutrition and aging. Gifts to the HNRCA Annual Fund support the teams of scientists in developing their research in sixteen areas of study including, cardiovascular nutrition, obesity and metabolism, nutrition & cancer biology, with the goal of helping people age healthier.

Support Our Scientists

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

New Entry is an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School and partners that works locally, regionally, and across the country to train and support the next generation of farmers. Gifts to New Entry support the growth of farming education programs, expansion of national training programs and partnerships, and greater farm fresh food access for low-income members of our community.

Support Sustainable Farming

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Leadership Giving: Nutrition Leaders

Donors who give $250 or more to the Friedman School or Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) Annual Fund during a fiscal year are recognized for their leadership support.

Trustees’ Circle $50,000+
President’s Circle $25,000-$49,999
Society of Tufts Fellows $10,000-$24,999
Jean Mayer Society $5,000-$9,999
Gershoff-Munro Society $2,500-$4,999
Nutrition Associates $1,000-$2,499
Nutrition Friends $250-$999

Consecutive Giving: Tufts Nutrition Loyalty Circle

Donors who give annually to the Friedman School and HNRCA provide a steady stream of resources that the school and center count on to meet the challenges and changes of the ever-changing nutrition field. The Tufts Nutrition Loyalty Circle recognizes these donors who give for two or more consecutive years including the current fiscal year.

Dean’s Inner Circle

The Dean’s Inner Circle recognizes students and alumni who wish to contribute to the Annual Fund in a meaningful way that honors their graduation and dedication to nutrition, sustainability, and health.

For Alumni: Your Dean’s Inner Circle gift will be $50 times the number of years since you graduated.

For example, if the current fiscal year is 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017), and you graduated anytime in fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010), you would count 7 years since you graduated. With a gift of $350 (7 * $50) or more, you will be recognized as a member of the Dean’s Inner Circle.

For Students: You will be recognized as Dean's Inner Circle gift with your gift of $25 or more to the Annual Fund.

For more information about giving societies, please contact Holly Cariddi, Director of Annual Giving, at holly.cariddi@tufts.edu or 617-636-6692.

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