The Century Challenge

Here’s a powerful proposition: Make a gift today that will still be creating opportunities at BU a century from now.

BU’s history of inclusion for all is mirrored in President Brown’s own challenge proposal: The Century Challenge. While there is no evidence of a challenge like it at any other university, the initial response has already demonstrated its promise. This unique philanthropic effort will greatly increase scholarship support and keep our doors open to the best and brightest students from around the world.

How does it work?

If you establish an endowed scholarship fund of $100,000 or greater—a scholarship that will bear the name of your choosing—BU will match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the income distributed from that fund for scholarship purposes for a period of 100 years following the fund’s activation. We will provide these matching funds for the first $100 million of endowment support pledged to the Century Challenge.

For a century, therefore, the good that is done in your name will be doubled. And just as important: The power of your scholarship will increase annually, as both our endowment and the University’s “match” increase.

Interested in learning more about the Century Challenge? Please contact Bill Ring, Director of Leadership Gifts, to learn how to join Boston University in this wonderful new initiative.