Boston University celebrates thoughtful philanthropists through the Claflin Society, a membership group that pays tribute to alumni and friends of Boston University who have established a planned gift.

The Society was founded by Elsbeth Melville (CAS'25), Dean of Women Emerita, and named for Boston University founder Lee Claflin.


Benefits of Membership

  • Certificate of Appreciation signed by President Robert A. Brown
  • Invitation to an annual spring luncheon on campus
  • Invitation to an afternoon tea with First Lady, Dr. Beverly A. Brown
  • Invitation to select regional alumni events

Qualifications for Membership

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


Planned Gifts are a great opportunity to build a personal legacy. For Claflin Society members, crafting a legacy is an empowering act and can convey important personal values to the next generation.

"I think legacy is about connectivity, loyalty, gratitude, appreciation. Building a personal legacy here to me means providing opportunities for those who come after you, the next generation. Just as we were helped as youngsters, so do we want to help others." Dave Walko (CAS '68) Claflin Society Member

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