Summer 2018

“Annual Giving Is Like Love”

Meet the Friedman School and HNRCA annual-giving co-chairs for Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts.

Gifts to the annual fund provide a critical stream of resources for areas of greatest need at the Friedman School and the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA). Meet the three alumnae who are leading the charge as the Friedman School and HNRCA annual-giving co-chairs for Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts.

 

Silvina Furlong Choumenkovitch, NG01, Friedman School adjunct instructor

Why do you support the Friedman School and the HNRCA?
I strongly believe that a healthy diet is one of the pillars of prevention for all kinds of diseases. By supporting the students and faculty, I can help prepare the next generation of nutrition scientists who will continue to expand our knowledge of the relationship between food and health.

What inspired you to be a campaign committee member?
Two of my siblings and I are Tufts graduates and we all received financial aid from Tufts. For me, it is a way to give back to this amazing and unique educational institution.

Why is annual giving important to Tufts?
It is extremely important. It provides the Friedman School with flexible resources to support its dedicated faculty, provide financial aid to deserving students who otherwise could not afford their education, and support programs to enrich the academic experience.

 

Photo: Kelvin Ma

Abigail Usen Berner, N03, pediatric dietitian

Why do you support the Friedman School and the HNRCA?
I am forever grateful for the education I received from the Friedman School. I do not think a week goes by where I do not refer to Tufts or seek out collaboration from a Tufts colleague. By giving back to the school, I hope the best students can be afforded that same opportunity.

What inspired you to be a campaign committee member?
I was honored to be asked. It definitely has moved me out of my comfort level, but I knew I was up for the important challenge that could have such a huge impact on the future of Tufts.

Why is annual giving important to Tufts?
It enables the school be the best it can be by helping to recruit and provide support to the best students and professors, improving facilities, and ensuring students and staff have
cutting-edge education tools available to them. Gifts can be directed to support student internships, financial aid, faculty, research initiatives, and resources not covered by tuition.

 

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Sai Krupa Das, NG02, Friedman School assistant professor and HNRCA scientist

What inspired you to be a campaign committee member?
I know that volunteers contribute to the success of any campaign. I believe in a Brighter World and I am proud to represent the HNRCA and the Friedman School by helping out.

Why is annual giving important to Tufts?
It is the heart and soul of giving—a commitment to the institution and to the culture of philanthropic participation. Annual giving is like love: an unconditional relationship with the institution that provides what it needs most.

How can alumni and friends have an impact on Tufts and nutrition worldwide through annual giving?
Participation in annual giving by alumni and friends sends a powerful message that we are aligned in the mission to make this world a brighter place—nutritionally speaking. The friends and alumni network is the powerhouse and their participation provides the energy needed to stay charged and stay on course. Every single person’s effort and contribution counts!

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