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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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With your help, students like Qais gain the skills they need to tell their story and give us a broader understanding of the world.

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Donations from alumni, parents, friends, and other advocates of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences support all facets of our educational and research work. Your generosity allows us to develop and enrich our offerings across the arts and sciences, ensuring today’s students enjoy opportunities that are continually expanding. Your gift to the CAS or GRS Fund goes straight to work for students and faculty, supporting them on their paths toward success in the classroom and in the world beyond.

How to give

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You can make a donation online using our secure online giving form or send a check by mail to:

The CAS/GRS Fund
College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Boston University
595 Commonwealth Avenue, West Entrance
Suite 700
Boston, MA 02215

Or call us at 800-447-2849 to make your gift over the phone.

If you work for a company that generously offers a matching gift program, then your donation could be doubled or tripled.

If you would like to discuss making a gift for a specific purpose at Arts & Sciences or a planned gift, or would like to talk further about a donation, please contact:

Steve Kean
Chief Advancement Officer, CAS595 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 700617-358-1214

  • Become a Leader

    Consider becoming part of the Arts & Sciences Leadership Giving Society where your vision and generosity help inspire others. Society members play an important role in maintaining and extending Boston University’s excellence.

    Society for the Arts & Sciences: $1,000*

    Commonwealth Club: $2,500

    Dean’s Circle: $5,000

    President’s Associates: $10,000

    President’s Circle: $25,000

    * Graduates of the last ten years are eligible for membership in the Society for the Arts & Sciences with a minimum gift of $500 during the fiscal year (July 1–June 30).
  • Thank You

We deeply appreciate every gift that supports all aspects of the thriving academic environment at Arts & Sciences. Here are some recent examples of how donations have made a difference across the College and Graduate School:

Benjamin Lambert (CAS’55)
His gift created the Chemistry Department’s first endowed colloquium series, the annual Lambert Lecture.

Steven Karbank (CAS’79)
His pledge of $100,000 over five years is a matching challenge to other alumni of the Department of Philosophy and will support all facets of the department.

Irene (CAS’54, GRS’55, SED’92) and Thomas (CAS’54, GRS’55) Kelley
Their gift of $50,000 enabled the Department of Earth Sciences to purchase vital equipment. They also gave $10,000 to the Biology Department, honoring the department’s 100th anniversary.


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