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.

The 1863 Society is also proud to recognize Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) at special giving levels with gratitude for their commitment as leaders among their peers.

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.


Percentage of dollars raised in FY18 contributed by 1863 Society members.

McElroy Circle — $1,000 to $2,499

Learn more

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

Learn more

Gasson Circle donors support BC with an annual gift of $10,000 to $24,999, deepening their philanthropic impact and engagement.

Bapst Circle — $2,500 to $4,999

Learn more

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 +

Learn more

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

Fulton Circle — $5,000 to $9,999

Learn more

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