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09.09.09 Beyond Boundaries surpasses $1 billion

Tufts University has pushed past the $1 billion milestone of its $1.2 billion campaign, raising almost $110 million in the past fiscal year in support of students, faculty, and research priorities.

Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts, now exceeds $1.017 billion and is on pace to secure the remaining $180 million by the campaign close in 2011.

"Beyond Boundaries has achieved nearly 85 percent of its goal thanks to the extraordinary generosity of thousands of alumni and friends," said Brian Lee, vice president for Advancement. "Even during difficult economic times, we have seen an outpouring of support and leadership. We still have many unmet priorities to fund, but we are encouraged by the depth of this loyalty and how it can ensure continued progress."

Since the campaign's launch in July 2002, support has been profoundly shaping the life of Tufts. The university has:

  • Received gifts from 117,000 alumni, parents, friends, and corporations and foundations
  • Secured more than $362 million to support students across all of its schools
  • Funded more than 30 new endowed professorships, with $350 million raised in total to support faculty positions and research
  • Generated more than $100 million in current use gifts through the Annual Fund
  • Received two naming gifts that gave Tufts the opportunity to celebrate the naming of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
  • Raised more than $564 million for its endowment

These and other achievements underscore how Beyond Boundaries is providing the resources that will sustain and strengthen Tufts' position as a world-class institution of higher education.

The university's liberal arts tradition, and its unusual constellation of professional schools—dental, medical, nutrition, veterinary, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy—foster a capacity for innovation, including cross-disciplinary collaborations that increasingly generate the most effective solutions to global concerns.

With this focus on Tufts' interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, the campaign has underscored the difference Tufts can make in all areas of scholarship and research.

Across the university, the campaign has already made a difference in teaching, learning and research. The following are but a few of the many notable ways Beyond Boundaries is transforming and strengthening the university:

  • In a unique partnership, a $100 million gift from the Omidyar Foundation created the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund. The fund is invested entirely in international microfinance initiatives, and as microfinance investments yield returns, Tufts receives 50 percent to use for its own programs. The other 50 percent is reinvested in the fund to support additional microfinance investments.
  • The noted linguist Ray Jackendoff, one of the world's great theoretical linguists is now a member of the faculty of Arts and Sciences thanks to a chair endowed by Trustee Emeritus Edward Merrin, A50, and his wife, Vivian, who gave $3 million for a professorship in the School of Arts and Sciences in honor of their son, Trustee Seth Merrin, A82.
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative students and faculty at the School of Engineering benefit from the Peter and Denise Wittich Family Fund for Alternative Energy Research, which supports research that will lead to the discovery of new, more sustainable ways of producing and using energy.
  • The campus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine has been improved with the dedication of the Agnes Varis Campus Center, which also includes a new 153-seat auditorium. In addition, an Ambulatory Service Building in Woodstock, Connecticut, is a new base from which veterinary school faculty can assist New England farmers.
  • At the School of Dental Medicine, the Vertical Expansion Initiative is adding five floors to the existing building at One Kneeland Street and provides much-needed learning, office, and meeting space.
  • At The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a $6 million gift from the Leir Foundation will support cross-disciplinary research and teaching at Fletcher and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the developing field of human security.
  • A $2.2 million grant from the PepsiCo Foundation is making it possible for the groundbreaking community intervention model, Shape Up Somerville, to be replicated in three more communities. The Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy program shows that a coordinated and comprehensive strategy does produce a slowdown in weight gain among children.
  • The Sackler Center at the School of Medicine has been dramatically renovated to strengthen a sense of community; newly integrated features include centralized administrative offices, a café, the health sciences library, special study centers, and a fitness center. Nearby, a new Clinical Skills and Simulation Center also introduces state-of-the-art technology and other sophisticated resources for teaching medicine today.