Opportunities for Giving

Gifts to the Center for Research on Families may be made in a variety of ways, from outright donations, to pledges made for a period of years, to bequests and other planned giving options.The development team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst can help you determine the best way to make a contribution that accomplishes your personal charitable goals. For more information, contact the development offices at either the College of Natural Sciences (413.545.0974) or the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (413.545.3945).  


The Center for Research on Families has a general gift account that provides the director with the flexibility to meet educational, research, and outreach needs as they arise, to supplement existing activities that are in great demand, and to support new initiatives.

You may make a gift online by going to this link.  Remember to choose ‘Center for Research on Families’ on the drop-down menu for Gift Allocation. 

Specific giving opportunties include:

Student Research Awards - Research experiences for undergraduate students working directly with faculty on family research.

Family Research Scholars Program - Cutting-edge faculty research on issues important to families.

Student Travel Awards - Graduate students’ presentation of research at conferences.

Lecture Series -  Public lectures by nationally renowned speakers addressing timely family issues.

Conferences -  focusing on special topics in family research.

Space Naming Opportunities -   Growth in CRF’s research programs for faculty, students, and national/international audiences within the past  years has been extraordinary.  Additional space is critically needed for staffing, family observation and testing research labs, and methodology labs for training and consultation.

The above is by no means a complete list.  To learn more about supporting the giving opportunities listed  please contact the Director of the Center for Research on Families, Dr. Maureen Perry Jenkins, at mpj@psych.umass.edu