The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) committee awarded grants to seven organizations in Chinatown, four organizations in Grafton, nine organizations in Medford, and nine organizations in Somerville.
TNSF collects donations from university employees throughout the year and then awards grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown) and that actively engage Tufts volunteers in their work.
A committee comprised of Tufts administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select grant recipients. In 2013 there was a total of $19,300 available to distribute through TNSF. The committee received 69 proposals representing more than $105,000 in requests and selected 29 programs and projects for awards. Members of the TNSF committee base their decisions on a desire to address the most pressing needs in the communities and to encourage expanded involvement of Tufts volunteers.
The Grafton grant recipients for 2013 are:
The Chinatown grant recipients for 2013 are:
The Medford grant recipients for 2013 are:
The Somerville grant recipients for 2013 are:
“This was the largest applicant pool since the fund’s inception in 1995 and it demonstrates the growing economic needs in our communities,” said Barbara Rubel, Director of Community Relations. “The TNSF committee appreciates the important work that each organization does and wishes it could fund every request. The decisions are never easy and the committee carefully considers the areas of greatest demonstrated need in their allocation decisions.”
TNSF is a giving option of the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), in which the university encourages its employees to contribute to charitable organizations at the regional, national and international levels. The TCA unites faculty and staff across all campuses of the university, and demonstrates the support the Tufts community for local and global efforts. It reflects the university community’s belief that individual action can make a difference in the world.
Questions regarding the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund can be directed to the Community Relations Office at Tufts University (617-627-3780).