Donor Recognition and Appreciation

When you make a gift to BC, you not only ensure the continued mission of the University, you're also making a financial decision that will benefit you and your family for years to come. Depending on the size of your gift, there are a number of benefits that are open to you, including membership in one of our giving societies and invitations to exclusive events.

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Meyer and Associates

Discounts on life, travel, pet, and medical insurance are available.

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The Boston College Club

The Boston College Club is Boston's premier business and social club, with special offers for BC Alumni.

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Boston College Campus Recreation

Summer memberships to the BC Recreation facilities are available to all alumni. Learn about the special offer for June, July, and August.

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Alumni Library Services

Graduates of Boston College are welcomed back to use the resources of the libraries onsite and online.

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Visit Cape Cod

Enjoy a 20 percent discount at an oceanside resort.

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Boston College Bookstore

Purchase a wide variety of BC apparel and gifts online.

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Career Center Services

Recent graduates can make career coaching appointments or drop by the center for resume or cover letter review. All alumni are eligible for discounted career counseling sessions.

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Giving Societies

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The 1863 Society

The 1863 Society recognizes annual leadership donors who make an investment in the University with a gift of $1,000 or more. Membership in the 1863 Society gives you direct access to the University and makes an immediate impact on the student experience.

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The William B. Neenan, S.J., Society

The William B. Neenan, S.J., Society celebrates and recognizes the University's most loyal donors—those alumni, parents, and friends who have made a gift, at any level, for any purpose, for two or more consecutive years.

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The Shaw Society

Now more than 2,800 members strong, the Shaw Society honors Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., who helped establish the University with his legacy gifts of books and the proceeds of his life insurance policy. Members receive updates on the latest campus news, among other exclusive benefits.

Gift Planning

How Life Income Gifts Work

You can make a gift to BC through a trust or annuity that will pay you and/or another beneficiary annual income for life. Learn more about our two most popular options below.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable trusts offer versatile giving options for those wishing to manage their wealth effectively while making a meaningful impact at the Heights.

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is a simple contract between you and BC: By donating cash or securities to the University, BC agrees to pay you fixed annuity payments for life.

CGAs offer a secure income stream, and these fixed payments can help supplement income during your retirement years. Currently, gift annuity rates are more favorable than those for CDs and many fixed-income investments.

In addition, you receive valuable tax benefits, including a charitable income tax deduction for a portion of the gift and reduced capital gains tax when the annuity is funded with long-term appreciated securities.

How much income will I receive?

Use our gift planning calculator below to view personalized calculations based on your age. Fixed annual payments are distributed quarterly.

Am I eligible?

Alumni and friends age 65 or older can benefit immediately from a CGA. Younger donors may choose a deferred gift annuity or DGA. With either option, the minimum qualifying gift is $25,000.

Can I name a second beneficiary?

Yes. You are welcome to include a second beneficiary; a spouse is most commonly named.

Charitable Trusts

Charitable trusts offer versatile giving options for those wishing to manage their wealth effectively while making a meaningful impact at the Heights.

With a charitable remainder trust, you can give a significant gift to BC while receiving income for life for you and your named beneficiaries. You’ll also gain a charitable income tax deduction and benefit from gift and estate tax savings.

The minimum qualifying gift is $100,000, and you can donate a wide variety of assets to a trust—cash, publicly traded securities, real estate, and other assets.

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

How Bequests Work

Anyone can make a bequest to BC through their will or trust. You may support areas important to you at the University or provide an unrestricted gift that will be applied to BC’s most urgent needs.

Bequests may be given as:

  • A percentage of an estate
  • A specific dollar amount
  • A gift of personal property (e.g., real estate or artwork)
  • Even if you have an existing will, you can add an amendment, or codicil, at any time. Since a codicil doesn’t replace the original will, it can be an inexpensive and simple way to make a bequest to BC.

 

If you don’t have a will, we encourage you to consider writing one that clearly states your intentions and provides security for your family and other loved ones. Many choose to create this important document after a life event, such as a marriage, the birth of a child, or the purchase of a home—but anytime is the right time to take this step.

Bequest Language

You may wish to use the following language when establishing a legacy gift to BC:

Unrestricted Gift:

"I give and bequeath to Trustees of Boston College of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the sum of $___ (or, ___% of my residuary estate), for such purposes as the Trustees of Boston College shall determine to be in the best interests of the University."

Restricted Gift:

"I give and bequeath to Trustees of Boston College of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the sum of $___ (or, ___% of my residuary estate), to be used for [state the specific purpose, school, or fund]."

Boston College tax ID number: 04-2103545

To personalize further, please contact Director of Gift Planning Ericka L. Webb at 877-304-SHAW or giftplanning@bc.edu.

How Beneficiary Designations Work

You can easily name the University as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b). Simply complete a beneficiary designation form with your insurance policy provider or with the administrator of your retirement plan. Both can be done at no cost.

BC can be designated as a partial (1­–99 percent), whole, or contingent beneficiary, while BC’s tax-exempt status enables assets to pass free of tax to the University.

Like a bequest, a beneficiary designation enables you to:

  • Make a significant contribution to BC without drawing on current assets
  • Remove assets from your estate and reduce tax liability
  • Help secure your alma mater’s long-term success, while managing your own financial future


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

How Real Estate Gifts Work

Donors may give a gift of real estate to BC and reap wide-ranging financial benefits while touching the lives of tomorrow’s students. Those interested should consider these giving options:

  • An outright gift that provides a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value and eliminates capital gains tax on any appreciation
  • A retained life estate that offers a sizeable income tax deduction while enabling you and your spouse to live in your home for life
  • A charitable remainder trust funded with your property that offers a lifetime income stream and a significant charitable income tax deduction—and eliminates capital gains tax on any appreciation

 

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

Why should I consider making a planned gift?

Planned gifts enable you to support BC 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 planned gifts help me make an impact at Boston College?

Planned gifts 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 planned 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 planned gifts to BC are welcomed into this prominent society, named for Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., 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 giftplanning@bc.edu.