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1863 Society

Since its founding in 1863, Boston College has been shaped by visionary leaders. Leaders who lit the way for generations of “men and women for others” and people like you.

Inspired by our University’s founding and traditions, the 1863 Society is the new annual leadership donor society with a family of five donor circles, each named for a leader who played a vital role in shaping the BC we know today. By recognizing those leadership donors who have made significant investments in the University’s commitment to excellence with contributions ranging from $1,000 to more than $25,000, 1863 Society members help fulfill some of the most immediate needs of Boston College and its students.

Your leadership gift to Boston College is your way of honoring our tradition of excellence while securing its future. Your generosity today means that the dream conceived in 1863 continues to shine brightly at BC.

1863 Donor Levels

Visionary Leaders, Inspiring Stories

Click below to discover the BC history behind each giving circle.


John McElroy, S.J. John Bapst, S.J. James Robert Fulton, S.J. Thomas Ignatius Gasson, S.J. J. Donald Monan, S.J.
John McElroy, S.J. John Bapst, S.J. James R. Fulton, S.J. Thomas I. Gasson, S.J. J. Donald Monan, S.J.
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