Questions About Giving

Where can I find out more information about planned giving?

There is a wealth of information on the Tufts gift planning website. If you still have a question after visiting the site, please contact Liz Baker McClain, Associate Director of Gift Planning, at (617) 627-3741 or

What is the difference between the annual fund (annual gifts) and capital gifts?

Annual fund gifts support school priorities during the fiscal year in which a gift is given (the university’s fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30). Annual fund gifts can be for general areas such as financial aid, faculty support, or a specific center or academic department; they also may be completely unrestricted. Capital gifts are for a specific purpose, such as a named scholarship fund or professorship, and do not necessarily need to be used during the fiscal year in which they are given.

Is it true that tuition does not cover the daily needs of the school?

Yes. In fiscal year 2008, tuition covered only 9% of the Friedman School’s operating expenses. This makes donations vitally important to the ongoing strength of the school and its ability to achieve its mission.

Why is my participation important?

As a donor, you are providing the Friedman School with much-needed funds to achieve its mission of improving the nutritional well-being of people worldwide. As a relatively young school with a small alumni population, we need widespread participation from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and parents in order to achieve our goals. Every gift makes a difference!

Will my company match my gift to the Friedman School?

Possibly! Please check whether your employer has a matching gift policy by searching our easy-to-use database. Every gifts matters!

What is an endowment?

An endowment is the permanent capital of the university. An endowed gift provides lasting support for a university priority.

Read more on Tufts’ endowment policies

Can I give to a specific program or department?

Yes! In our online giving form, you can select a school (Friedman Nutrition) and an area of need. If the choices listed do not match your desired designation, please scroll down to “Gift Designation,” where you can enter the name of the school and program that you wish to support.

If you have a pledge card, please turn it to the back side. You can indicate where to apply your gift by completing the area in the top-right corner, “Please Apply My Annual Gift To.”

Can I make a pledge of support?

Yes, you can! If you are interested in pledging support to the Friedman School, please contact Susan Peecher, Director of Development, at or mail your correspondence to:

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
150 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

How do I make my gift anonymous?

If you give by check, please mark on the check that you want the gift to be anonymous. If you give online, share this information in the “Comments about Your Gift” section. You can also speak to a member of the development staff about your gift by calling 617-636-2940.

Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?

Yes! If you are making your gift online, under  the “Dedication” section, you can indicate if your gift is in memory or in honor of someone. You may complete the section immediately below if you want the person to be notified of your dedication.

If you have a pledge card, please turn it to the back side and look under the “Gift Planning” section. The first two bullets are to make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone–just check the appropriate box. You can also speak to a member of the development staff about your gift by calling 617-636-2940.

To whom should I make out my check?

Please make all checks payable to “Trustees of Tufts College.”

Are all gifts tax deductible?

All gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

What are the different ways of giving a gift to the Friedman School?

Please visit our ways to give page to learn more.

How do I make a gift of securities/appreciated stock to the school?

Please visit our ways to give page to learn more.

Can I make recurring credit card gifts?

Yes! If you have a pledge form, please look at the front side under “Payment Method.” Halfway down the form, in the “In Equal Payments” section, you may indicate for how many months you want to make a payment and your preference for the first month.

Thank you for your support!

What are the Friedman School’s current priorities?

Please visit our how to make a difference page to learn more.