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Tufts Prison Initiative of Tisch College

Raised toward our $10,000 Goal
95 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 30, at 11:40 PM EDT
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Thank You!

May 16, 2019

THANK YOU once again for making a gift to the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College over the last couple of months! You enabled us to reach and far surpass our original goal and to transcend even two stretch goals! Our students have successfully finished their first semester and are raring to begin their summer classes, thanks to the impact of your gifts. Our students have been regularly updated on the status of the crowdfunding, and your donations have continually motivated and inspired them in the work that they put in for their degrees. Your help allowed us to 1) fund an entire year of class materials and 2) provide summer intensives at a time when our students especially feel the need for programming during what is typically a difficult stretch inside prisons with fewer activities than usual. Our students are almost 1/3 of the way funded through their associate’s degree in the liberal arts thanks to your help! 


TUPIT’s next steps now involve continuing to help the college-in-prison program flourish, as well as planning a symposium at Tufts next fall -- OCTOBER 3 and 4, open to all and we hope you will come! This event will center the voices of formerly incarcerated people who will address the value of education on the inside and the complexity of life for returning citizens. We hope to work with our numerous on-campus and off campus partners, including Petey Greene, to build awareness about issues people face while - and after - serving time and about ways for students, faculty, and staff can become involved. 


Our team could not have done this without your generosity and support, which made a direct impact on the initiative and programs we run. You have helped us reach our goals, make the program more sustainable, and provide education on the inside.


Thank you again and please enjoy another VIDEO on the impact of this kind of education on all of our students - inside and out! 



April 28, 2019

Thanks to you, we are now almost at DOUBLE our original goal of $10,000! With two days left, help us hit $20,000!


Thank you for all of the support for the 25 Tufts-Bunker Hill Community College students working toward their associate's degree in the liberal arts at MCI-Concord!

SECOND STRETCH - Doubling Our Goal!

March 30, 2019

THANK YOU all who have donated to our efforts to provide higher education to people incarcerated in Massachusetts! Our students at MCI-Concord have been wholly inspired by your generosity, and we are overwhelmed by it as well. Thank you for giving and becoming part of OUR FIRST DONOR GROUP!


With 31 days left, we are now STRETCHING OUR GOAL a second time to $20,000, doubling the original goal. With $20,000, you will have covered the cost of materials for an entire year of classes including additional summer intensives! That brings our 25 students 1/3 of the way to an associate's degree in the liberal arts! As a reminder, 75% of people who release from prison return to prison shortly thereafter, but a college degree brings the return to prison rate down to between 2% and 0%.  YOUR GIFT MAKES A PROVEN DIFFERENCE. Thank you, and feel free to reach out if you are interested in further involvement through mentoring visits.

Stretch Goal!

March 25, 2019


Our students at MCI Concord were shocked and full of gratitude for those of you who donated to help us meet our $10,000 goal after only 9 days!

“Knowing there are people like you on the outside right now who are supporting us in our efforts to learn and grow through the Tufts-Bunker Hill Community College Program gives us a sense of hope and a new sense of possibility for our futures.”

- 25-student college cohort at MCI-Concord


With 37 days left of our fundraising campaign, rather than end our efforts to raise still-needed funds to support these students, we are now stretching our goal in order to be able to provide a SUMMER INTENSIVE SESSION FOR AN EXTRA $4,000. Please help us to raise this additional amount of money that will help students maintain their momentum in this college program during the season when prison can be the most challenging due to the heat and a lack of programming. Donations toward our new stretch goal of $4,000 will enable us to offer summer intensives in math, U.S. civil rights literature, and Latin American art history.

The Tufts University Prison Initiative is truly grateful for your generosity, partnership, and sense of urgency about the importance of supporting transformative and credentialing educational opportunities for people serving time. Having you as our first donor base is extremely significant, and we will continue to communicate with you about the progress of our students and program through an annual newsletter. Thank you for getting in on the ground floor and for helping to make the College in Prison Program through Tufts and Bunker Hill Community College possible!

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Pens and Pencils

Covers the cost of pens and pencils for 25 incarcerated people at MCI-Concord during one semester of Tufts classes in prison


Composition Notebooks

Covers the cost of composition notebooks for journaling and note-taking for 25 incarcerated students during one semester of Tufts classes in prison


Books and Readers

Covers the cost of all books, course readers, and materials for one student for one Tufts class in prison


One Class for One Student

Sponsor an incarcerated student for one class in the Tufts degree program at MCI- Concord.


One Student's Year of Classes

Sponsor an incarcerated student in the Tufts college program for a full year’s worth of classes toward the associate’s degree in the liberal arts.


All Materials for One Student

Sponsor an incarcerated student in the Tufts college program by covering the cost of all course materials for one student’s associate’s degree.

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