Give to SMFA at Tufts

Support from alumni, parents, and friends enables us to fulfill our central mission of developing creative, innovative fine artists for the 21st century.

The work at SMFA at Tufts would not be possible without the support of a community of generous friends, artists, and alumni, including our SMFA Medici and Board of Advisors. Contributions help ensure that the school remains an active, innovative center for teaching, learning, and creativity.

Ways to Give

SMFA at Tufts Fund

A gift to the SMFA at Tufts Fund provides crucial support for daily operations, while also ensuring that the school will thrive for future generations of art students.  Annual support from donors helps us lead the field in advancing artistic practice and appreciation of the visual arts.

Every gift—in any amount—counts.  You can make your gift online, or for more information, contact Alicia Nichols at 617-627-0054.

When you donate $600 or more to the SMFA at Tufts Fund, you automatically become a member of Medici and will be invited to exclusive member events throughout the year. 

Endowment Gifts

When you contribute to the endowment, you strengthen the permanent capital of SMFA at Tufts. Your gift establishes an enduring legacy that will benefit students and faculty in perpetuity. You can establish a philanthropic legacy at SMFA at Tufts by giving to an existing endowed fund or by creating a new fund with your generous gift.

An endowed fund can be established with a minimum contribution of $25,000.  

To establish an endowed scholarship, a minimum of $100,000 is required.  

Endowed professorships start at $2 million. You may leave a legacy to SMFA at Tufts in your name, in the name of a beloved faculty member or any other person, when you endow a professorship.

To inquire about establishing an endowment gift, please contact Diane Freedland, Director of Development at 617.627.0066.

Life-Income & Estate Gifts

Learn more about life-income and estate gift options by visiting the Tufts Office of Gift Planning. To discuss a life-income or estate gift, contact our Office of Gift Planning at 617-627-3727 or via email at

Online Giving:

Use our secure form to make a gift online via credit card. 

By U.S. mail:

Make your check payable to “Trustees of Tufts College” with “SMFA [and any specific designation, e.g., scholarship]” in the memo line, and mail to:

SMFA at Tufts University
P.O. Box 3306
Boston, MA 02241-3306


Gifts of appreciated securities can also be made by having your broker contact:

Vicky Wei
Tufts University Treasury Operations
169 Holland Street, 3rd Floor
Somerville, MA 02144

Charitable IRA Rollover

This tax-efficient giving option presents a great opportunity for donors who are 70½ and older to make a current gift of up to $100,000 from their IRAs without counting it as taxable income.

Matching Gifts

If your employer or your partner’s employer has a matching gift program, your gift to SMFA at Tufts may be doubled or even tripled. Your human resources office can supply you with specific instructions about its process for matching gifts.

Donor Advised Funds

To give to SMFA at Tufts through your donor advised fund, speak with your fund administrator, and have your gift sent to:

Tufts University
P.O. Box 3306
Boston, MA 02241-3306

You should tell your fund administrator the purpose or designation of the gift so that it can be properly applied to the purpose of your choosing. If your administrator requires Tufts’ tax ID number, contact us at 866-351-5184 or email, and we will provide that number for you.

Did you know that you can name SMFA at Tufts as a remainder beneficiary of your donor advised fund? Contact Diane Freedland at 617-627-0066 or email for more details.

For questions regarding tax information, including Tufts' tax identification number, please call 866-351-5184 or email

Still have questions? Call us at 617.627.0066 or email  And thank you for giving to the SMFA.

SMFA Medici

SMFA Medici

Throughout the year, SMFA Medici provides guided access to emerging artists, internationally renowned faculty, and alumni, through thoughtful and collaborative programming.

Most of all, your gift helps remarkable new artists achieve their full potential.

$3000 & Above

Invitations to eight SMFA Medici events. Open invitation to sit in on SMFA classes and lectures. Exclusive pre-sale appointments for annual Art Sale and SMFA e-newsletters.

$1,500 – $2,999

Invitations to seven SMFA Medici events. Exclusive pre-sale appointments for annual Art Sale and SMFA e-Newsletters.

$600 – $1,499

Invitations to four SMFA Medici Events and SMFA e-newsletters.

Contact Us

Diane Freedland
Director of Development

Alex Huff
Assistant Director of Development

Monica Manoski, MFA '13
Development Officer

Alicia Nichols
Development Officer