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Why We Give

More and more alumni support Boston College every year for reasons that are both personal and profound. In their own words, two of BC’s most loyal young donors share why they choose to give.

Cheryl Fortier '95

Cheryl Fortier '95

What I'm doing post-BC...
I’m a financial advisor at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Boston.

Why giving to BC matters to me...
I’m the first person in my extended family to graduate from college. Without BC’s financial assistance, this would not have been possible. Boston College gave me a wonderful gift that likely changed the course of my life. My education broadened my horizons—and led to a successful and fulfilling career. Today, I’m glad to do what I can to pay that kindness forward.

Where I designate my gift...
I make my annual gift to the BC Fund. This gives the University the flexibility to use my donation where it is needed most, whether to bolster undergraduate student aid or to help further cutting-edge research that addresses important societal needs.

Consecutive giving streak
5 years

Jim Conti '07

Jim Conti '07

What I'm doing post-BC...
I live in Chicago, where I’m the director of Alumni Affairs at The Alain Locke Initiative, a nonprofit developing leaders in the education field.

Why giving to BC matters to me...
Quite simply, Boston College made me who I am today. Without a doubt, the people I met there, the classes I took, the professors I had, and the clubs I joined all formed me into a person I am proud to be.

Where I designate my gift...
I think we all enter BC nervous about where we’ll fit in. I was lucky to find the Campus School Volunteers, who assist the University’s special education day school. As a group, they were unmatched in their passion and commitment and, as friends, you couldn’t find anyone better. Volunteering there is also how I found my life’s work, and that is why my BC gifts will always support the amazing teachers and students at the Campus School.

Consecutive giving streak
5 years


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