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Giving Societies

The Boston Architectural College’s giving societies are meant to honor our most generous and loyal donors and bring together like-minded members of the BAC community. Throughout the year, members of each giving society receive communications from BAC leadership, special invitations to events, tailored networking opportunities, and recognition on campus.

Members of these giving societies are committed to advancing the College's mission to educate future generations of emerging design professionals.

BAC Giving Societies

The Somerset Leadership Society recognizes supporters of the Boston Architectural College who have made an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the College. Named for the street on which a four-story pre-Civil War brick building served as the BAC's first permanent home for 54 years, the Somerset Leadership Society reinforces the BAC's unwavering commitment to lead and adapt through the evolving landscape of practice-based design education.

Donors to the Somerset Leadership Society provide vital support in allowing the College to continue educating the future of the design professions. As a way of recognizing our generous donors in the Somerset Leadership Society, members are invited to private receptions and events, receive special updates from the College, and are publicly acknowledged in the annual contributors report.

For more information on the Somerset Leadership Society, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at

The 1889 Legacy Society recognizes and honors all individuals who provide support for the BAC in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts.

Members of the 1889 Legacy Society are invited to special gatherings and are recognized for their foresight and commitment to the long-term vision for the College's future. Named for the year in which the BAC was founded, the 1889 Legacy Society recognizes the vital role benefactors have played over our 125-year history. Beginning with the BAC's first bequest of $5,000 from Boston Architectural Club member Arthur Rotch, and continuing with the many donors who have followed, a planned gift at the BAC is the ultimate expression of confidence in our future.

Membership enables the College to thank and recognize you for the future plans you have made today and to inspire generosity in others. Legacy gifts have an enduring effect at the BAC, as they help to ensure the College's future for generations of emerging design professionals.

Individuals who have informed the BAC of their estate planning will automatically become members of the 1889 Legacy Society.

For more information on estate planning at the BAC and on the 1889 Legacy Society, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at

“I am proud to say that it is the generosity of alumni and friends of the BAC who recognize the value of this unique experience that has allowed me to take advantage of all that the BAC has to offer.”

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