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A familiar face around the CRF offices, Dot Gavin '43 is a generous donor.

As the modern family has evolved, it has faced increasingly challenging issues. The Center for Research on Families continues to focus on helping families navigate the complexity of modern life through its three missional goals: research and methods, teaching and mentoring, and community engagement.

We need your financial support to help meet these goals! A gift to CRF will foster multidisciplinary research, faculty training and community education initiatives that span a broad range of crucial issues affecting the modern family. We have the flexibility to receive different types of gifts, such as pledges, bequests or outright donations.

The leadership gift provided by Dorothy (‘43) and Joseph Gavin in 1996 helped pave the way for the eventual 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—thanks in large part to the generous support of its new and existing donor base. Most importantly, the work of CRF's faculty and student affiliates has provided substantive, unbiased information to families struggling with stress and mental health challenges, to caregivers of relatives with Alzheimer's or aphasia, to parents of children with ADHD, to classroom teachers of young children developing social and emotional skills, to policy makers across Massachusetts, and to many more stakeholders in family research.

For faculty affiliates and staff wishing to make a gift to CRF, please be aware that the University's Faculty and Staff Campaign—an annual matching program—runs from September to December.

Please visit CRF's giving portal to make a donation in support of our initiatives.

There are several ways in which potential donors can give to CRF!

The steering committee, staff and affiliates of the Center for Research on Families thank you for your generous support!