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Legacy Gifts

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I consider making a bequest or beneficiary designation?

Both types of legacy commitments enable you to support Boston College without impacting your current assets. By giving in this way, you may find that you can provide a greater gift than would otherwise be possible. These gifts are also fairly simple to make and often offer valuable tax benefits.

How do legacy gifts help me make an impact at Boston College?

Legacy commitments provide the University with the fiscal strength and security required for continued growth. Your gifts ensure that future generations benefit from an ever-improving student experience that remains closely tied to BC’s Jesuit, Catholic mission.

Can I designate my gift?

Absolutely. While you may provide an unrestricted gift that enables BC to address the University’s top priorities, you can also choose to support an area that has personal significance, such as a specific program or department.

Can a legacy gift be directed to a previously established endowed fund?

Yes. In fact, making a bequest or beneficiary designation to an endowed fund enables that enduring resource to keep better pace with the rising cost of education.

What is Boston College's federal tax ID?

Boston College's federal tax ID is 04-2103545.

What is the Shaw Society?

All who make legacy gifts to Boston College are welcomed into this prominent society, named for Fr. Joseph Coolidge Shaw, who helped found BC through his bequest of books and the proceeds of his life insurance policy. As a member, you will receive special recognition within the University, including distinguished status in BC publications, updates on the latest campus news, and invitations to exclusive events.

To discuss your giving options in confidence, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 877-304-SHAW or

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