Supporting community organizations and your colleagues who work with them!
Applications are announced around Columbus Day in October and are historically due around Thanksgiving in November. The TNSF Committee meets in December and awards are granted in January.
TNSF is a uniquely "Tufts" way to participate in the appeal. You will know that your contribution is assisting a local non-profit organization and have the added benefit of supporting active citizenship in the Tufts community as well. Funds received during the campaign are held in a special account and awards are made by the TNSF board. Proposals are solicited from nonprofit community agencies where Tufts students, faculty and staff are volunteering in the community.
During the last round in December 2015, 38 programs and projects were granted awards (view a list of the All TNSF Recipients). Your contribution will be fully tax-deductible and will go, in its entirety, to support community projects.
There is a long tradition of community engagement at Tufts, especially by students. The Leonard Carmichael Society, along with other student groups, volunteers at dozens of community organizations in the Greater Boston area. There are students from the professional schools and graduate programs who run volunteer programs as well. Staff often serve on boards or work with neighborhood organizations, and faculty frequently volunteer their expertise. Even Tufts alumni have organized to perform service projects.
Tisch College supports many student service efforts from the Scholars Program to the Tufts Literacy Corps, as well as community based faculty research. In keeping with that spirit, they work directly with our host communities by partnering with local organizations to address community-identified needs and provide student volunteers.
TNSF proposals are welcomed from any community nonprofit organization in our host communities as long as staff, faculty or students are currently volunteering there.
Any proposal for projects or activities is welcome. Activities funded in the past include environmental education programs, instruments for a youth marching band, preserving documents and photos for a historical society, furniture for a home for disabled adults, a wig bank for cancer patients, special sports equipment for school aged children, an after-school arts program, a laptop computer for a domestic violence-prevention program, transportation for seniors, food staples for a food pantry, a gardening program for children, computer software for special needs children, and winter outerwear for homeless people.
Questions about TNSF can be directed to Community Relations at (617) 627-3780 or email Alanna.Fusco@tufts.edu.