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Tali Paransky, A04, and Graham Griffin, A04

About them

On their wedding registry, Tali Paransky, A04, and Graham Griffin, A04, gave guests the option of directing gifts to financial aid for students at Tufts University. It is the place they met, after all. But these two alumni say finding their true love isn't the only reason they've decided to give back to their alma mater every year since leaving the Hill.

Paransky, who works as assistant director of annual giving at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, made her first donation to the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences & Engineering as part of her senior class gift. "I wanted to say thank you. Tufts was such a supportive environment-my advisor, my professors, the staff, and my friends were almost like a second family," she says.

About their giving

Paranksy and Griffin are members of the Tufts Fund's Ivory Tusk Society. "Graham and I really like that idea of building the tradition of giving to Tufts," she says. Members of the Ivory Tusk Society give $100 each year multiplied by the number of years since graduation. She adds that the ease of her recurring payments, in which she gives a portion of her annual gift to the Tufts Fund each month, has enabled her to increase her annual giving over the years. "We know that we're making a difference, but without taking a hit from our bank accounts once a year."

Why they give

After graduation, Paransky felt like she had a Tufts family away from campus. Now she's doing her part to keep Bay Area Jumbos connected from afar by helping organize alumni events as a member of the San Francisco Tufts Alliance Steering Committee. Events have included film screenings, professional sports games, happy hours, beach clean-ups, and book clubs.

As a recipient of financial aid, Paransky knows how important it is for all alumni to participate in philanthropy. "Together we are able to make a significant impact," she says. "I'm trying to spread the word that if everyone gave just $5 or $6 a month, they would see how it could really make a difference for students on the Hill."