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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'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. We encourage parent philanthropy, engage leadership donors through our Parents Leadership Council, and host regional events and our annual Parents and Family Weekend. 

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 year, Tufts parents contributed over $32 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.

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 Engagement.

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

Typically each October, the Parents Giving Program welcomes thousands of parents, family members, and friends to campus for Parents and Family Weekend. This year, Parents and Family Weekend will be replaced with Experiencing Tufts Today 2021: A Virtual Parents and Family Program on October 26. Click here to learn more and to register.

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 make sure we have your current information by filling out our parent information form or emailing us 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

Gina A. DeSalvo Headshot
Gina A. DeSalvo
Director of Parents Giving Program
Craig O'Donnell Headshot
Craig O'Donnell
Associate Director
Charlotte Wittmann
Charlotte Wittmann
Parents Giving Program Coordinator