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Giving Societies

It is our pleasure to thank those who invest in Bentley by offering membership in one or more of our recognition societies. It’s our small way of thanking those who make a difference in big ways — the alumni, parents and friends who help to prepare thousands of Bentley students for successful lives and careers that will change the business world for the better.

Established during Bentley University’s centennial in 2017, Great Benefactor designation honors those alumni, parents and friends whose cumulative gift commitments to Bentley University total $1 million or more. Great Benefactor designation is the university’s highest recognition and reflects the extraordinary investments made by members of this group, all of whom exemplify the spirit and dedication of Bentley’s visionary founders and leaders.

As of May 15, 2017, there are 35 individuals and families who have achieved Great Benefactor status.

Meet this generous group of donors.

The President’s Club gratefully recognizes donors whose gifts total $1,000 or more during Bentley’s fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). There is also a special giving level for recent undergraduates. President’s Club members are loyal and generous alumni, parents and friends whose leadership giving and deep commitment to Bentley set an example, inspire others and make a significant impact.

Meet our members and learn more.

Bentley is pleased to honor the generous alumni, parents and friends who have made gifts in the five most recent fiscal years (July 1 – June 30). This group celebrates these special donors, many of whom have consistently given back to the university for decades.

"When I was a student, the senior class cabinet and I established the First Decade Society, with the express purpose of encouraging 100 classmates to give $100 each for a class gift. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to demonstrate how grateful I am to Bentley and offer support for its future by making an annual gift and staying involved."
Taylor Valentine ’00

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The 1917 Legacy Society recognizes and honors those alumni, parents and friends who have included Bentley in their estate or financial plans, providing for a future charitable gift. Members are invited to educational programs, as well as special recognition events.

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“Days should be filled with helping people, whether they are family or kids who need to get off the streets. There’s a lot of hurt in the world; if one is blessed with good health and finances, one should give back.”
Robert G. Ripley Jr. ’80

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