Leaders Today, Leaders Tomorrow

The 1863 Society celebrates Boston College’s most devoted and generous donors who believe in advancing our founder’s mission of shaping and investing in tomorrow’s leaders with a formative education. Membership in the 1863 Society—through its five circles—gives you direct access to the University and an immediate impact on the student experience through gift designations to the areas you are most passionate about.

Explore the benefits and impact each circle has to offer, and join us in shaping the life-changing transformative experiences of BC students today. Together, we can build a better tomorrow.

Did you know

If you are a member of the 1863 Society for two years or more, you are also a member of the
Neenan Society?

1863 Society

Contact the 1863 Society
For more information, please contact:
Marissa Potter
Associate Director, Annual Giving Leadership Programs


McElroy Circle — $1,000 to $2,499

Named for Boston College’s founder, John McElroy, SJ, the McElroy Circle honors BC donors who aim to make a difference in the face of the unknown.

Gasson Circle — $10,000 to $24,999

Named for Boston College’s 13th president, Thomas I. Gasson, S.J., the Gasson Circle honors donors who are catalysts for change.

Bapst Circle — $2,500 to $4,999

The Bapst Circle is named for former Boston College president John Bapst, SJ, who set the University on a trajectory to grow and flourish.

Monan Circle — $25,000 +

The highest circle of the 1863 Society, the Monan Circle honors the most transformative of BC donors.

Fulton Circle — $5,000 to $9,999

Named for Boston College’s first academic dean, Robert Fulton, SJ, the Fulton Circle honors BC donors who champion Jesuit Catholic education.


Members of the 1863 Society in fiscal year 2023


First time members of the 1863 Society in fiscal year 2023


Alumni, parents, and friends have been 1863 Society members for three-plus years