BE A FORCE FOR THE BENTLEY FUND

Flexible aid → meeting every need.

Annual dollars given to the Bentley Fund allow the university to provide flexible and immediate aid — meaning when a need arises, we’re able to meet it. The university relies on the annual fund (gifts counted within our fiscal year of July 1 to June 30) to fill the gap that tuition and fees can’t cover, acting as an essential bridge between tuition revenue and the actual cost of a Bentley education. Our Falcon family is a reliable, steady force: Each year, the Bentley community generously raises more than $2 million through the Bentley Fund.

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Scholarships and student programs. Classroom and laboratory instruction. Day-to-day operations and your favorite athletics team. When you make a gift to the Bentley Fund, the choice is yours: Support the corner of Bentley that means the most to you, or allow us to meet the most pressing need of the moment.

How are Bentley Fund gifts used?

The Bentley Fund allows great flexibility. Choose from a wide range of annual giving designations, from athletics to diversity, equity and inclusion to scholarships. For those who want Bentley to choose the designation, an unrestricted contribution allows the university to meet an area of greatest need.

All of these gifts have something in common:

  • They are spent each year (which is different than an endowment gift).
  • They represent a flexible and essential source of funds and an investment in the leaders of the university to make strategic investments.
  • They are essential to Bentley’s operation as flexible funding.

What’s the impact of your Bentley Fund gift?

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. Annual fund gifts allow us to fund the most pressing needs as they arise to support this mission.

No matter the size of the gift, your support is also a vote of confidence — adding to Bentley’s rankings and strengthening the connection of our community.

Ways to support the campaign through the Bentley Fund

Increase Access

You can help Bentley appeal to the best and brightest students 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 make an even greater impact.

Investment Opportunities:

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

Ensure World-Class Faculty

The relationship between professor and student has the potential to change a student’s life and create lifelong friendships and working relationships. Your annual support for faculty initiatives and academic excellence will allow Bentley to recruit increasingly impressive and forward-thinking faculty who will shape the lives of future business leaders for generations.

Invest in the Student Experience

Discoveries made outside the classroom can be just as important, if not more, than lessons learned within it. Leading a team on the football field, experiencing a new culture by studying abroad, unearthing a passion for sustainability, and so many more opportunities are made possible for Falcons by gifts to the Bentley Fund.

Support Bentley’s Greatest Need

You can be proud that Bentley’s budget is well-managed, and trust leadership to direct your support where it’s needed most. 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.

In the last fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021):

%

of gifts to the Bentley Fund came from President's Club members

million was designated to the area of greatest need

donors were True Blue, giving back three or more years in a row

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.

Be a force for Bentley today.

Contact a gift officer to explore how you can set your generosity in motion — you might not realize just how far your support will go.