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The Bentley Fund

Bentley is dedicated to providing aid to as many talented students as possible — to create the strongest, most diverse classes, an environment that’s rich in talent, and every opportunity imaginable for those who’ve worked hard and deserve this exceptional experience.

Each year, the Bentley community generously raises more than $2 million through the Bentley Fund, providing vital resources to help ensure that every student’s academic experience is exceptional.

77%

of gifts to the Bentley Fund are from President’s Club members

$1.2M

designated to the area of greatest need

1,865

donors are True Blue (3+ years of consecutive giving)

Based on Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

Important Dates

 

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Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020

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Calendar Year End

December 31, 2020

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Philanthropy Week

March 2021

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Fiscal Year End

June 30, 2021

Ways you can contribute annually to the Bentley Fund

 

Scholarship and financial aid have always been critical at Bentley, and the university works to meet as much need as possible. But there continues to be unmet need for some students – now more than ever. You can help Bentley appeal to the best and brightest students to join our community with a gift of any size to general financial aid.

With a larger commitment, payable over five years, you have the opportunity to establish a Bentley Fund scholarship and further support current students.

Investment opportunities:

  • Endowed Scholarship: minimum commitment of $50,000
  • Current Use Scholarship: minimum commitment of $25,000
  • General Scholarship: gifts of any size

For more information about an endowed scholarship, contact Betsy Whipple at 781-891-2769 or bwhipple@bentley.edu. For all other inquiries, contact Molly Paré at 781-891-7145 or mpare@bentley.edu.

Give to Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every Bentley student should be able to focus on their education, even when facing unexpected duress. The Student Hardship Fund is available to students in the event of a change in employment status, food insecurity, unforeseen healthcare costs and more. In spring 2020, more than 200 students received funding to assist them through the unexpected changes due to COVID-19, and there were still more applications for funding. Your gift to the Student Hardship Fund will support as many students as possible who need temporary, one-time support to continue their Bentley education uninterrupted.

Give to the Student Hardship Fund

Dr. Earl L. Avery Scholarship

In honor of Earl Avery, a champion of diversity and inclusion and employee of Bentley for more than 30 years, the university awards an annual scholarship to academically talented students of color who demonstrate financial need. Your gift to the scholarship fund will continue Dr. Avery’s legacy, expand the cohort of Dr. Earl L. Avery Scholars and ensure that talented students of color have access to Bentley for years to come.

Give to the Dr. Earl L. Avery Scholarship


Multicultural Center

An important part of a business education is exposure to other cultures and perspectives. The Multicultural Center celebrates our differences and encourages curiosity through programs to support diversity, equity and inclusion.

Give to the Multicultural Center


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Bentley has created the Racial Justice Task Force to make recommendations that will make the university a stronger, anti-racist institution. Give to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to support positive, lasting change.

Give to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

More than ever before, Bentley needs to be able to respond quickly to unanticipated situations. When you make an unrestricted gift to the Bentley Fund, you give the university powerful financial flexibility to meet core priorities. More than $1M annually is contributed to the area of greatest need.

Give to Area of Greatest Need

If you’d like to support a different area at Bentley, you can give to the Bentley Fund in support of many other designations, as well. For questions, please contact the Office of Annual Giving directly at 781-891-3444 or giving@bentley.edu.

Increase Your Support

Every gift of any size makes a difference, and there are ways you can maximize your support to Bentley.

Monthly Gifts

In our world of automated subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu and Spotify, monthly sustaining gifts allow you to divide your Bentley gift into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your debit or credit card. It’s easy to set up and has a big return. With $84 each month, you can contribute $1,000 annually to the Bentley Fund, become a President’s Club member, and ensure consistent support for today’s Falcons.

Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching donations, so you can double or triple your gift. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees, spouses and members of boards of directors. Find out here if your company will match your donation.

Recognition Societies

Bentley is pleased to recognize our annual Bentley Fund donors, at every level.

True Blue

Bentley is privileged to have thousands of generous alumni, parents and friends who have given back every year for the three most recent fiscal years or more, and many have given consistently for decades. These generous donors are True Blue, and receive regular communications and recognition for this critical, consistent support. Learn more.

President’s Club

This annual donor recognition program celebrates alumni, parents and friends who give $1,000 or more per fiscal year. Membership is offered at seven levels, with special categories for FOLD (Falcons of the Last Decade). Members are invited to special events and receive regular updates from university leadership. Learn more.