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The Annual Fund

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is among the most efficient and powerful tools alumni, parents and friends of the university can employ to make a true impact on the Bentley student experience. Gifts directed to the Annual Fund are put to immediate use in a variety of ways, providing timely assistance to address Bentley’s greatest needs across campus.

Why is my participation important?

Like most colleges and universities, Bentley is a nonprofit institution committed to educating students. Bentley’s tuition covers about 88-90% of our operating expenses, and without a strong Annual Fund, services and programs that we rely on could be reduced or eliminated. Additionally, alumni participation in the Annual Fund is one of the key measures that various surveys such as US News & World Report consider when ranking colleges and universities. Bentley’s alumni giving rate is about half of the giving rate of peer institutions, and we believe we can improve this number.  Our alumni challenge donor believes in the Annual Fund, and is committed to encouraging his fellow alumni to participate.

Why am I being asked to make a gift? I already paid tuition and student fees to Bentley.

Tuition and student fees cover approximately 88-90% of Bentley's operating budget. By making a modest gift to an area of your choice within the Annual Fund, you help ensure that when tuition and fees run out, students’ classroom experience doesn't suffer! The extra 10-12% not covered by tuition comes from other revenue, including the Annual Fund.

Why should I give?

  • To keep the cost of a Bentley education in check. Did you know that without other sources of revenue (including the Annual Fund), tuition this year could have been over $60,000 per student?
  • To support Bentley's tradition of academic excellence in business education.
  • To support future generations of Falcons.
  • To enhance Bentley's ranking in comparison to its peer schools.
  • What if I can’t give a lot of money? I'm on a tight budget.

That same statement is true for many alumni and friends. That’s one of the reasons we ask for your participation, above all else. You have an opportunity with this particular challenge to double the value of your gift, thanks to the alumni donor match. Any gift to the Annual Fund is valuable, and you have the chance from now until December 31, 2013 to double the impact of your contribution.

How do I give?


Make a gift using our online form.

By Phone

Call the Office of Annual Giving at 781.891.3444.

By Mail

Send a check payable to Bentley University to:

Bentley University
University Advancement
175 Forest Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-4705, USA

Recurring Payments

A recurring monthly gift is an easy and affordable way to support Bentley. You can specify a day of the month for a chosen amount to be charged to your credit card, dividing your gift amount over the course of the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). You can choose this option via the online gift form or by phone.

Where does my gift go?

Your gift to the Annual Fund supports the operating budget at Bentley, which means that your contribution funds the people and programs that make Bentley run smoothly each year.

Will I be asked to make a gift each year?

Yes. Just like the name suggests, the Annual Fund is a yearly fundraising effort to raise voluntary contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and students. The contributions fund the current academic year's operating budget.