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Welcome, Tufts University Families!

The Tufts Parents Giving Program connects with parents to enrich the Tufts community, directly impacting the individual student experience. We encourage parent philanthropy, engage leadership donors through our Parents Leadership Council, and host regional events and our annual Parents and Family Weekend. We're committed to ensuring Jumbos have every opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential. How do we accomplish this? By partnering with parents like you.

Family enjoys the Tufts football game during Parents and Family Weekend 2017.

A student gets a playful hug from her parents while posing for a photo on Parents and Family Weekend.

As a parent, you’re part of the Jumbo family.  Each year, parents are generous donors in support of the student experience at Tufts through annual and capital gifts. Last fiscal year, Tufts parents broke records by contributing over $37.5 million for student internships and research opportunities, faculty recruitment and retention, athletics and student wellness, student scholarship, innovative programming, enhanced and new facilities and more.

All gifts support the Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts, a $1.5 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign that encourages transformative experiences, research and innovation, and global impact. For more on the Brighter World Campaign, please follow the link below. 

Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts

Get Connected

We host a number of smaller parent events throughout the country and internationally, connecting parents to the university faculty and senior administrators. Parents also participate in many of the events and affinity groups organized through the Tufts Office of Alumni Relations.

Our Parents Leadership Council is a small group of parent leaders with a strong commitment to philanthropy who act as ambassadors for Tufts in their communities.  To learn more about our Parents Leadership Council, please contact the Director of the Parents Giving Program, Gina A. DeSalvo at

Each October, the Parents Giving Program welcomes thousands of parents, family members, and friends to campus for Parents and Family Weekend. The next Parents and Family Weekend is Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020.

The Parents Giving Program communicates regularly with parents through print and electronic pieces. We share highlights of campus life and stories of how your parent philanthropy impacts the daily experience of students.

Please get in touch and make sure we have your current email address at

Questions about student grades, billing, financial aid, and more?

The Student Services website for parents provides information on student grades, schedules, financial aid, registration, and more.

Meet Our Staff

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Gina A. DeSalvo
Director of Parents Giving Program
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Craig O'Donnell
Associate Director