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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: Great Benefactors, The President's Club, True Blue and The 1917 Legacy Society. 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 June 30, 2018, there are 37 individuals and families who have achieved Great Benefactor status.

Meet this generous group of donors.


“I always felt a step ahead in my first job at Arthur Andersen. My colleagues were still learning in a practical way that we had already learned at Bentley. It was a tech savvy school that really prepared you for your career — and I loved being on campus. I met my best friend in a business policy class, got to see her every day, and now get to spend my life with her. If you have the time, treasure and talent — and good fortune, give back.
Shamus McBride '89, MST '94, chair, The President’s Club
Co-chair: Jim Buckley '10

Members of the President’s Club are listed at seven levels of giving as well as a special category for young undergraduate alumni and enjoy special events and privileges — our way of saying thank you for setting an example and inspiring our community. Meet the FY18 members of the President's Club.

Benefits of Membership

  • Listings in Bentley’s online Annual Report of Donors and in a print supplement that exclusively acknowledges President’s Club members
  • Members-only communications and programs
  • Invitations to special events, such as the 2018 President's Club Celebration




Levels of Membership

Your Fiscal Year Gift LevelYour President's Club Level
$1,000 – $1,916Partner
$1,917 – $2,499Founder
$2,500 – $4,999Managing Partner
$5,000 – $9,999Director
$10,000 – $24,999Investor
$25,000 – $99,999Chairman

Associate: Recent undergraduate alumni may join the President's Club as an Associate with a gift of $250 or more each year during the first four years following graduation and a gift of $500 or more in years five through nine.


"I am so proud of the education I received and am very impressed with the positive changes and educational advancements that have taken place over the last three decades. With my son being a sophomore at Bentley, I have been able to experience many of these great enhancements first-hand. A top shelf education and an amazing environment in which to thrive, that's what Bentley is, and that's why I give back each and every year!"
Kathy Reagan '89, MBA '95, co-chair, True Blue
Co-chair: Ben Shoham '16

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. In 2019, Bentley introduced a new recognition category for young donors: Associate True Blue. This is an accelerated opportunity for first-year undergraduate alumni to earn Associate True Blue status when they make a gift to Bentley during the first fiscal year after graduation. Associate True Blue donors will receive the full benefits of Bentley’s True Blue program and will retain that status as long as they donate every year.


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. Learn more.

“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, chair, The 1917 Legacy Society

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