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2023-2024 Annual Crowdfunding Drive: Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund (EIF)

For 2023-2024, our crowdfunding focus is to grow our Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund (EIF), which provides small grants of up to $1,000, alongside 1-on-1 coaching, to help students take the first step. Previous grantees have used the funding to attend conferences, buy prototypes, and even build makerspaces. Watch our 2023 #TuftsGivingTuesday video to hear from Kalembwe (who just broke ground in Zambia with her makerspace). No gift is too small! Thank you for your generosity!

2024-2025 Key Fundraising Priorities

In addition to our Annual Crowdfunding drive, we are raising funds for the following priorities. Contact us to learn more.

Annual Operating Fund

A majority of DEC’s annual operating expenses are funded through annual giving. This covers student prizes, experimental programming, staff time, equipment, supplies, travel and more.

Entrepreneurial Internship Fund

In partnership with the Career Center, DEC pays 10-15 students $4,500 to take otherwise unpaid internships, mostly hosted by Tufts alumni starting new ventures.

Tufts New Ventures Competition

DEC raises funds annually to cover cash prizes for the semifinals and finals rounds, staff time and refreshment costs for the Tufts New Ventures Competition.

Other ways to give

Make a gift by check

  1. Write a check for Tufts University and write “for Derby Entrepreneurship Center” in the Memo line
  2. Write a cover letter addressed to Bill Lavin, Associate Director of Development at the Tufts University School of Engineering. Please designate Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts as the recipient of the gift. Click the button below for a template.
  3. Mail your cover letter and check to the following address:

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

DAF, Stock, Wire Transfer and more

You can also make a gift through the following options:

  • Donor Advised Fund
  • Family / Community Foundation
  • IRA / Qualified Charitable Distribution
  • Stock / Securities
  • Wire Transfer
  • Other

Please fill out the following form. Bill Lavin, Associate Director of Development, Tufts University School of Engineering will be in touch. Thank you!