With the launch of the largest fundraising initiative in its history, Tufts University is enhancing its ability to tackle the globe’s toughest challenges.
Tufts University on November 4 launched a $1.5 billion campaign that will strengthen teaching and research, support a distinctive culture of collaboration and innovation, and advance the university’s capacity to translate brilliant ideas into practical solutions for global problems.
More than 400 alumni and friends celebrated the start of the public phase of Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Commitments leading up to the launch have contributed more than to $566 million, helping bolster Tufts’ longstanding research efforts and providing more than $148 million to support financial aid. The comprehensive campaign, the largest in the university’s history, will accelerate Tufts’ “upward trajectory as a student-centered research university that fosters a global perspective and nurtures leadership,” said President Anthony Monaco.
“Tufts continues to attract among the very best and brightest scholars and students, united by a passion for learning and discovery,” he said. “Our graduates go out into the world with the knowledge and inspiration to make a positive difference. With the support of alumni and others, the Brighter World campaign will enable our remarkable faculty and students to fulfill their aspirations and rise to meet the significant challenges of our time.”
The campaign name is a nod to ideas woven into Tufts’ DNA. Charles Tufts envisioned Tufts College, founded in 1852, as a “light on a hill,” and the university’s motto, Pax et Lux, translates into “Peace and Light.” The theme of light resonates today, with Tufts now positioning itself as a leader in making the world better—and brighter—for future generations.
The campaign will support the core teaching and research mission of the university’s eight schools, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. In addition, it will advance the efforts of Tufts faculty and students working toward solutions on critical issues such as disease prevention, human and animal welfare, global security, obesity and malnutrition, civic engagement, and environmental protection. The campaign will also reinforce Tufts’ longstanding commitment to the humanities and the arts.