Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts is a $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign that will strategically bolster the Tufts experience and strengthen the university’s international leadership in higher education. Three priorities benefiting our students and faculty guide its progress, and each of these intersects with research bringing novel solutions to pressing global problems. This relevancy to urgent causes infuses the spirit of Brighter World; it instills an optimistic perspective that aims to engage the widest community of Tufts’ alumni, parents and friends, and marks an enduring shift in Tufts philanthropy. This endeavor has already inspired a worldwide community of campaign volunteers, the largest in Tufts’ history. 

From a broader perspective, Brighter World is about articulating a compelling and cohesive vision for Tufts. That vision reiterates a commitment to students through a renewed focus on financial aid and to the distinctive strengths that are a hallmark of a Tufts education, including civic involvement, innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. And it means we must amplify our powerful capacity as a nimble and exciting research university with global impact – a university that is already changing how we live and think about the future. 

Gifts to support the campaign will help Tufts achieve goals broadly defined by three over-arching priorities, drawn from institutional needs identified through T10 the university-wide strategic plan, and emerging new opportunities:

  1. Transformative Experiences: With ambitious financial aid and scholarship programs, Tufts will match student dreams with academic opportunities in fine arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science, and medicine. Through strategic investments in facilities, including athletics, we will also ensure that all students and faculty have campuses that enrich the Tufts experience. 

  2. Research and Innovation: Through its unique constellation of schools, Tufts transcends the traditional teaching and research university. We will enhance our collaborative culture to hasten discoveries in areas as diverse as disease and data science, nutrition and neuroscience, robotics and renewable energy.

  3. Global Impact: Students and faculty—shaped by common intellectual experiences in classrooms and labs— are poised to take an active role in the wider world and address complex problems related to nutrition, public health and disease, the environment, animal welfare, and international relations. Tufts will prepare the next generation of leaders to work cooperatively and compassionately across borders to enact solutions—and usher in a brighter world.

Campaign leadership

Brighter World is fortunate to have strong leadership -- people who share an extraordinary dedication to Tufts. As ambassadors for the university, four co-chairs are lighting the way for alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and countless others to join them in supporting the campaign. They are led by Peter Dolan, A78, chairman of the Board of Trustees and chairman of ChildObesity180, a nonprofit he cofounded in 2010 at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and today a recognized leader in childhood obesity prevention.


President Anthony Monaco headshot
Anthony P. Monaco, President
Portrait of Deborah T. Kochevar Provost and Senior Vice President, ad interim
Deborah Kochevar, Provost and Senior VP, ad interim
Sol Gittleman, A85P, H10 headshot
Sol Gittleman, A85P, H10, Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor Emeritus, Campaign Co-Chair
Neal B. Shapiro, A80, headshot
Neal B. Shapiro, A80, University Trustee, Campaign Co-Chair
Jonathan M. Tisch, A76
Jonathan M. Tisch, A76, University Trustee, Campaign Co-Chair
Meredith Vieira, J75, H08, headshot
Meredith Vieira, J75, H08, Campaign Co-Chair