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. In 1863, Father McElroy fought intense prejudice and labored tirelessly for two decades to realize his vision of a Catholic school of higher education in Boston. If not for his tenacity, there would be no BC.

So, too, do McElroy Circle donors dare. With an annual gift of $1,000 to $2,499, donors enter the McElroy Circle to begin their journey of philanthropic leadership and engagement with BC.


Membership in the McElroy Circle, the first donor circle of the 1863 Society, comes with many benefits:

  • Impact updates on how your giving helps thousands of students fulfill their potential
  • Invitations to exclusive events recognizing your leadership support throughout the year
  • Private reception with the President during your Reunion Weekend at BC
When I think about why I give back to BC, it's because my mom always instilled in me the importance of giving back, and I am so thankful for the rich liberal arts education and strong business curriculum, long-lasting friendships, and impressive alumni community and network. I designate most of my giving to the sailing team; I loved the scrappiness of our team. It's been awesome to see the success, now with our own boats, boathouse, and championships.
Karen Walker Beecher '87

How to Join

Interested in joining or learning more about the McElroy’ Circle? Fill out our contact form below and a BC representative will contact you within 48 hours.