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Legacy News

Bookmarks offers news and information about retirement, estate planning, and other topics relevant to BC alumni, parents, and friends who have made or may consider making a legacy gift to the University.

A number of recent features, donor profiles, and estate planning advice are collected below. To be added to the mailing list for future issues, please contact or 877-304-SHAW.

Welcome New Members

Over 50 alumni, parents, and friends have made planned gifts to Boston College since the last issue of Bookmarks. We are proud to recognize their support with membership in the University’s prestigious Shaw Society. Learn more.

Shaw Society Celebrations

Members of the Shaw Society enjoyed two special events on campus last year, one of the many benefits of membership. Explore more.

Continuum of Care

How one alumna is making premed possible for BC women. Learn more.

Tax-Wise Tips to End the Year Right

Did you know that year-end charitable gifts can create valuable tax benefits for you and your family? Learn more.

Expert Advice: Today's Retirement Planning

Changing economic conditions are affecting how we retire—and the more you know, the better you can prepare. Discover more

A Meaningful Investment

Venture capitalist Tom O’Brien ’60 helps Eagles develop the skills to start and run their own businesses. Explore more.

Remembering Sue

Sue Nguyen, MA'73, loved to travel—and she loved BC. Now her legacy lives on through two awards that help graduate students follow in her footsteps. Read more

Donor Spotlight

Robert Decelles and Mary Dupont know the value of a dollar—and of a quality education. Read more.

Faces of Financial Aid

Three students who have embraced the call to become "men and women for others." Read more

The Ins and Outs of IRAs

 What is an IRA and how can it benefit you and those you love? Hear from BC Law professor Ray Madoff, a nationally recognized expert on trusts, property, and estate planning. Read more

Five Tips for Impact Investing

Shaw Society member Nick Tiller ’96, a former fund manager turned venture philanthropist, shares advice on how to make a difference with your investment dollars. Read more

A Culture of Collaboration:

From creating nanomaterials that could harvest solar energy to discovering new medicine delivery mechanisms, the future is taking shape at Boston College. Read more.

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Q&A: Making Sense of Donor-Advised Funds

David P. O'Connor is the senior managing partner of High Rise Capital Partners, LLC. He has served as a University Trustee since 2007. Read more


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Top 5 Keys to a Healthy Retirement

Stay fit as you age with these tips from Hilary De Vries, assistant director of fitness and wellness for BC Campus Recreation, and Sheila Tucker, executive dietitian at Boston College and lecturer at the Connell School of Nursing. Read more


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On the Rise

Perhaps the most visible sign of the Light the World campaign’s ongoing impact is Stokes Hall, the 183,000-square-foot home for the humanities that opened in spring 2013. Now the good work continues with these transformative projects. Read more


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Donor Spotlight: Joan Ankner ’76, P’10, ’12

Joan Ankner became a Superfan the moment she stepped on the BC campus. She's enthusiastically brought family and friends to campus as a student, an alumna, and, after two of her three children became Eagles, as a proud BC parent. When her youngest son joined the tennis squad, she embraced her role as an unofficial "team mom." And now, through a legacy gift, she’ll help support student-athletes for generations to come. Read more


A Reunion Record:

The Class of 1965 reconnects through legacy giving. Read more

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