Contributing to CRF

CRF was first established because of a generous gift.

The Center continues today through the contributions of alumni and friends who recognize the importance of family research, as today's families continue to change and face increaslingly challenging issues.  

The Center for the Family was endowed by Dorothy and Joseph Gavin in 1996. In 2003, thanks to the Gavins’ foresight and funding, an enhanced mission led to the expansion of the Center for the Family into today’s Center for Research on Families. The Center’s growth since 2003 has resulted in multimillion dollar increases in federal research funding for family research and a dramatic rise in national and international research collaborations. As participation in CRF programs and recognition for UMass family research flourish, the need for funding at all levels increases.

Your gift to the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families will foster multidisciplinary research and education in a broad range of family issues. Donations from friends and alumni support:

  • Research experiences for undergraduate students working directly with faculty on family research.
  • Cutting-edge faculty research.
  • Graduate students’ presentation of research at conferences.
  • Public lectures by nationally renowned speakers addressing timely family issues.
  • Interdisciplinary connections and activities among family researchers around the globe.
  • Conferences focusing on special topics in family research.

Thank you for your generous support of the Center for Research on Families.