For 137 years, philanthropists have supported SMFA with charitable gifts, large and small. The continued commitment of alumni, parents, and friends is vital to every new generation of students and creative leaders.

As is the case at most colleges and universities, tuition does not cover the full cost of an SMFA education. We rely on annual gifts and endowments (established by donors over the years) to balance our annual budget. This generous support ensures a student's ability to attend the School, it supports the faculty who teach them, and it improves the quality of their experience.

We are educating students to succeed in a seamlessly connected world and to thrive in the creative endeavors they choose; we need financial support to make that happen. 

Gifts of all sizes sustain the present and help us build a creative future. We thank all of our generous donors. It makes a great difference. Give now online »

To contact the Development Office, please email or call 617-627-0013.

There are a number of ways to give to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University—by making an unrestricted annual gift to the SMFA Fund, by joining SMFA Medici, or by investing in a particular area with a capital or endowment gift. You may do as many alumni, parents, and friends of the SMFA have done, and include SMFA in your estate plans. No matter the size, all gifts to the School help to strengthen the present and secure the future. All gifts are appreciated.


SMFA Annual Fund
There is power in numbers and gifts of any size make a difference. Individually and cumulatively, contributions to the SMFA Fund support the School's vitally important programs. For example, a $10 gift buys a one-pound can of burnt sienna etching ink, a $25 gift provides a round-trip Tufts Shuttle ride for 25 students and a $100 gift pays for a student to access academic advising for one year. You can designate your gift to "where it is needed most," or to student scholarship, faculty support or technology.

SMFA Medici 
Medici Group members have the exclusive opportunity to become an integral part of the Museum School community. With an annual contribution of $600 or more, you will receive invitations to a variety of events that provide behind-the-scenes access to notable SMFA faculty, and accomplished students and alumni. It is a fun group supporting a great cause!

Medici Scholarship Program
If you want a more directed philanthropic experience, the Medici Scholarship Program offers you the opportunity to support and follow individual students during their time at the SMFA. With an annual gift of $25,000 or more, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and witness the evolution of one or more students throughout their time at SMFA.

To give online, click here for our secure form.

To contact the Development Office, please email

Thank you for giving to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. We know that there are many worthy causes competing for your giving and appreciate your support.  

Here’s how to make your gift:

Online giving: Use our secure form to make a gift online via credit card. Select an area from the menu options offered or choose the “other” option to write in your designation.

By U.S. mail: Please make your check payable to Trustees of Tufts College, and mail to the address noted below.  To direct your gift to the SMFA, please write “SMFA” and any specific designation you would like to support on the check memo line.

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

By telephone: You can call our toll-free number, 866-351-5184, from anywhere in North America, or call 617-627-4705 to make a gift via credit card.

By online banking: If you prefer to use online banking, include the information below to ensure your gift to the SMFA is received and processed correctly. Online banking services vary slightly from bank to bank so be sure to follow your bank’s instructions: 

Payee name: Trustees of Tufts College
Payee address:
Tufts University
P.O. Box 3306
Boston, MA 02241-3306
Amount: [your gift amount]
Memo: To direct your gift to the SMFA, please write  “SMFA” and any specific designation you would like to support in the memo or comment field. 

Gifts of Securities: Appreciated securities can make an excellent gift. Donors who give securities that have been held long term can realize two benefits: you receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the securities, and, at the same time, avoid capital gains taxes on the appreciated assets.
Please note: The securities must be given to the SMFA; if you sell the securities and donate the proceeds, you will not realize these same tax benefits.

For instructions for making a gift of securities, please contact or have your broker contact:

Treasury Operations
Trustees of Tufts College
169 Holland Street, 3rd Floor
Somerville, MA 02144
Attn: Vicky Wei
Phone: 617-627-3171
Fax: 617-627-3943

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.

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

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

If you’d like to make a gift via a charitable gift annuity, trust, or other gift planning vehicle, more information is available from our Gift Planning team.

Still have questions? Please call us at 866-351-5184 or email us at And thank you for giving to the SMFA.

The SMFA Annual Fund is a great way to help support young artists at the School through scholarships, technological investments, academic advancement or faculty enrichment. Each year, the money raised through the Fund goes back to SMFA in a variety of ways, all helping to build upon the solid foundation of arts education that SMFA has provided for more than 100 years.

Please give today »

Diane Freedland
​Director of Development

Alex Huff
Assistant Director of Development

Paul Kotakis
​Associate Director of Development

Monica Manoski
Development Coordinator

Alicia Nichols
Development Officer