Giving Societies


More often than not, progress in medical research comes one small step at a time, with each team of researchers standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before them. For this reason, substantial and continuing investment in our research programs is critically important. We are indebted to our donors who make major gifts in support of our work—and we are equally indebted to those who support us on a continuing basis.

—Dean Karen H. Antman

Our most dedicated donors

The School of Medicine is proud to acknowledge the generosity of its most dedicated donors by extending them membership in a BUSM giving society. Each society honors a particular kind of donor and offers unique benefits to members. Societies include:

  • The William Fairfield Warren Society, honoring lifetime giving of $1,000,000 or more to Boston University
  • The Chester S. Keefer, M.D. Society, honoring lifetime giving of $50,000 or more
  • Our Leadership Gift Clubs, recognizing leadership gifts to the BUSM Annual Fund
  • The University-wide Claflin Society, for the community of donors who have included BU in their estate plans

The William Fairfield Warren Society

William Fairfield Warren was the first president of Boston University. His passion, vision, and leadership laid the foundation for this great institution and since it’s founding, the generosity of forward-thinking supporters has championed the work –and the future– of the University.  Warren helped shape a new kind of university: one that would combine undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, be open to all qualified students (including women and minorities), and be explicitly international in its outlook.

The society, named in his honor, recognizes as those philanthropic leaders who have made gifts to Boston University totaling $1 million dollars or more over the course of their lifetime.

The Chester S. Keefer, M.D. Society

The Chester S. Keefer, M.D. Society was established as a means of recognizing the dedication and loyal support of individuals who have provided major assistance to Boston University School of Medicine. The Society is named in honor of Dr. Chester S. Keefer, whose foresight and determination in roles as chairman of the Department of Medicine, dean of Boston University School of Medicine, and director of the Medical Center, were responsible for laying the foundation for the Boston University Medical Center.

In memory of his spirit, we honor those donors whose total lifetime contributions have reached $50,000 or more at the School of Medicine.

  • Platinum members ($1,000,000 or more) receive a private lunch with the dean and other leadership of the School of Medicine, in addition to all benefits listed below
  • Gold members ($500,000 to $999,999) receive direct communication with the recipients of your generosity (students, faculty, researchers), in addition to all benefits listed below
  • Silver members ($250,000 to $499,999) receive a personalized tour of research/clinical area of your choice at BU Medical Campus, in addition to all benefits listed below.
  • Bronze members ($100,000 to $249,999) receive an invitation to and preferred seating, when available, at select BU/BUSM events throughout the year, in addition to all benefits listed below.
  • Mercury members ($50,000 or $99,999) receive an invitation to the spring Chester S. Keefer, M.D. Society Dinner and an honorary plaque.

Current List of Keefer Society Members.

Leadership Gift Clubs

The Leadership Gift Clubs recognize those who have made a leadership commitment during the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. The giving levels that qualify donors for membership in the Leadership Gift Clubs levels are:

  • Dean’s Executive Club ($25,000 or more)
  • Dean’s Inner Circle ($10,000 to $24,999)
  • Dean’s Council ($3,500 to $9,999)
  • Dean’s Club membership ($1,500 to $3,499)
  • Anniversary Club ($1,000 to $1,499)
  • Century Club Patron ($500 to $999)
  • Century Club membership ($250 to $499)
  • Young Physicians’ Club, for graduates within the last five years ($100 to $249)

The Claflin Society

The Claflin Society, founded by Elsbeth Melville (CAS’25), dean of women emerita, honors all alumni and friends of the University who have provided for Boston University in their estate plans, or who have established life income gifts with the University.

Since the founding of the Claflin Society in 1985, dozens of alumni and friends have joined the society each year.  In 2009, the Society’s membership comprised more than 600 generous individuals.

Qualifying gift commitments include:

  • A bequest in a will or living trust
  • Designating Boston University the beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy
  • A charitable remainder trust
  • A charitable lead trust
  • A charitable gift annuity
  • A remainder interest gift of a home or farm

Claflin Society members can enjoy special benefits, including:

  • Certificate of appreciation signed by President Robert A. Brown
  • Annual spring luncheon on campus
  • Invitation to Sloane House for an afternoon with BU First Lady Dr. Beverly A. Brown
  • Invitation to select regional alumni events