Boston University’s impact on the region is only partially measured by its direct and indirect spending. For example, Boston University’s impact on the region’s employment is substantial. In FY‐ 2008, the University employed a total of 25,828 individuals (including full‐time, part‐time, and student employees; see Boston University Employees Living in Massachusetts in Additional Information) who lived in Massachusetts, and another 17,981 indirect jobs in the state resulted from the University’s direct spending.
Boston University’s direct spending includes services that the local communities would otherwise have to fund on their own. This is illustrated by Boston University’s police force, which provides around‐the‐clock University‐wide protection and serves as a deterrent to crime in the neighborhoods surrounding both the Charles River and Medical Center campuses.
Boston University also makes substantial direct payments to local communities. For example, although most of its property is legally exempt from real estate property taxes, the University paid nearly $3.3 million in property taxes and linkage payments to the City of Boston in FY‐2008 and nearly $4.7 million in payments in lieu of taxes. The University also paid more than $530,000 to Boston for fees, permits, and licenses (e.g., building permits, inspection services, parking, and entertainment licenses). Payments to the Town of Brookline included more than $2.1 million in property taxes and other fees. (See Boston University’s Impact on the Town of Brookline in Additional Information.)
Boston University brings a substantial amount of funding into the Commonwealth. In FY‐ 2008, federal sources provided nearly $255 million to the University for research and student financial aid. In addition, Boston University’s private voluntary support (donations) from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations from outside of the Commonwealth totaled more than $49.6 million.
Furthermore, a wide range of socioeconomic benefits accrue to the region by the presence of an internationally recognized center of higher education and research. The benefits include scores of programs and services provided by the University both locally and throughout the Commonwealth. These programs and services improve the quality of life for countless citizens. In addition, private and public funding is made available for other use by University‐funded programs such as: business services provided for free by Boston University students; free medical and dental services and programs for the elderly; free training programs for teachers and school administrators; free legal defense to indigents who would otherwise require a court‐appointed attorney; and numerous services provided by University volunteers. Many of the services provided by the University to the community are listed in Social Programs and Services.