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Supporting community organizations and your colleagues who work with them!

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) was started in November 1995 to support our host communities and the important work being done by Tufts volunteers with community organizations in Boston, Grafton, Medford and Somerville. The TNSF is fully funded by donations from Tufts University faculty and staff through the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), an internal fundraising campaign. All gifts to the TNSF go directly to non-profit organizations through grants.

In April 2019, 36 programs and projects received grants (view a list of the All TNSF Recipients).

The 2019 TNSF application period is now closed. The 2020 Application cycle deadline will be announced in early January, 2020.

Who is eligible to apply for a TNSF grant?

TNSF proposals are welcomed from all nonprofit organizations in our host communities (Boston, Grafton, Medford, and Somerville) as long as they have had a Tufts student, faculty, or staff member volunteer at their organization in the past year.

Who Are Tufts Volunteers?

There is a long tradition of community engagement at Tufts, especially by students. The Leonard Carmichael Society (Tufts' umbrella organization for 30+ community service groups) along with other student groups across our four campuses volunteer at over a hundred community organizations in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, our staff and faculty are actively engaged in our host communities. They run programs, serve on local boards and organize service projects.  

What Kinds of Projects Are Funded?

This grant may fund any specific project, activity, or equipment purchase. Proposals 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 individuals.

The TNSF Board

  • Ange Brome, Senior Application Administrator, Tufts Technology Services, School of Dental Medicine, Boston Campus
  • Terese Daly, Associate Director of Administration, Office of Dean of Arts & Sciences, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Amy Goldstein, Assistant Director, Experimental College, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Matthew Hast, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Boston Campus
  • Thomas Holmes, Maintenance Mechanic, Facilities Services, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Chris Swan, Civil & Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Clare Saunders, Faculty Affairs Project Manager, School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Paul Tringale, Secretary of the Corporation, Office of the Trustees, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Emily Walsh, Associate Director of Academic Support, Medical Student Affairs, Boston Campus

Questions about TNSF can be directed to Community Relations at (617) 627-3780 or

Please help TNSF support more community organizations next year. Give generously to the TCA.

Support our communities and your co-workers.