The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) committee awarded grants to 26 organizations. 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 2008 there was a total of $24,000 available to distribute through TNSF. The committee received 45 proposals representing more than $72,000 in requests and selected 26 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, to assist programs with few other options for support, and to encourage expanded involvement of Tufts volunteers.
The Chinatown grant recipients for 2008 are:
The Grafton grant recipients for 2008 are:
The Medford grant recipients for 2008 are:
The Somerville grant recipients for 2008 are:
“Given the current economic state, the 2008 funding decisions were especially difficult,” said Barbara Rubel, director of Community Relations. “The TNSF committee appreciates the important work that each organization does in their community. We wish we could fund every request we receive. We hope the employee contributions to TNSF demonstrate how vital our host communities are to the entire university.”
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).