BU’s exclusive leadership giving community

The 1839 Society is a giving society for some of Boston University’s most generous supporters. Donors are welcomed into the society when they give $1,000 or more to the University in a fiscal year.
Members of the 1839 Society are leaders in philanthropy. They equip BU students to move forward—and become the next generation to make a difference.

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Benefits for members

Concierge service

Receive fast, personal assistance from a concierge dedicated to 1839 Society members. Whether you need help with parking or have questions about a campus visit, your request will be addressed within 24 hours.

1839 Society reception

Meet and mingle with University leaders, alumni, donors, and friends at this elegant cocktail reception, held at a premier campus location over Alumni Weekend.

Here are a few photos from our first reception, held in 2022:

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Stakeholder’s call

Gain insider knowledge on the state of the University at this special town hall. Broadcast to donors worldwide, the virtual event is your opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from senior University leaders.

Alumni Weekend Hospitality Suite

Venture into the exclusive suite over Alumni Weekend to enjoy drinks and snacks, comfortable seating, and games. The suite is open to donors and their guests only.

Society newsletter

Learn about the impact of your giving in this quarterly e-newsletter, which features donor profiles, student stories, and other University news relevant to society members.

Have questions? Email us at the1839@bu.edu or call (617) 353-5300.