Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends

Giving Priorities

  • Two students studying outside
    As Brandeis students continue to adapt to online learning, they need access to the right technology. A grant from the Student Emergency Fundadministered by the Office of Student Financial Services, can help.

    Photo Credit: Mike Lovett

  • Male student holding a nasal swab taking a Covid test
    In collaboration with the Broad Institute for Biomedical Research, Brandeis provides campus-based mandatory COVID-19 testing to all students, faculty and staff. Support health and safety measures like these with a gift to the Light the Way campaign.

    Photo Credit: Mike Lovett

  • Mother and daughter embracing while wearing masks
    Finances must never be the reason qualified students cannot matriculate at Brandeis. Help us respond to the heightened need for scholarship dollars due to the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 by making a gift to the Light the Way campaign.

    Photo Credit: Mike Lovett

A new era of learning at Brandeis.

During an unusually challenging year, we remain confident that our commitment to repairing the world and caring for one another will illuminate the path through these unprecedented times.

Though campus may appear different, our mission remains the same: to provide every enrolled student with a world-class Brandeis education and enriching experience.

Light the Way for Brandeis

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Light the Way for Brandeis invites every member of the Brandeis community to contribute to student success and well-being. Your gifts directly enable the enhanced measures we continue to take to ensure that learning thrives amidst the pandemic.

Invest in the Future

Each year thousands of generous alumni, families, and friends support Brandeis and future generations of Brandeisians with an annual gift. Their support and yours ensures our students have access to a Brandeis education, with the opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty, engage in groundbreaking research, and live and grow in a supportive and scholarly environment.

Join the Brandeis donor community by directing your support to any of the areas where it can have the greatest impact.

The Brandeis Fund

The most effective way to support Brandeis and our students, especially in times of crisis, the Brandeis Fund provides critical, unrestricted support to the university so we can deploy it where it is needed most.

make a gift to the Brandeis fund

The Parents Fund

When Brandeis parents invest in the university above and beyond tuition, you send a strong message about the superb education that students receive. By making Brandeis a philanthropic priority, you are investing in your own student’s experience on campus and supporting the education of other deserving students. Consider making a gift in honor of your student or one of their favorite professors to provide unrestricted support that will be put to immediate use.

make a gift to the Parents fund

Emergency Scholarships

As the financial impact of the pandemic has yet to be realized across the globe, scholarship dollars are needed now more than ever before. Emergency scholarship funds will help see students and their families through this truly unprecedented time by ensuring continued access to a Brandeis education. As a current-use fund, the 2020 Student Emergency Scholarship Fund will immediately benefit Brandeis students impacted by a state or national emergency.

make a gift to emergency scholarships

Diversity Scholarships

Brandeis is committed to raising scholarships that increase the diversity within our classrooms. Supporting need-based financial aid ensures that all students, regardless of background, can attend Brandeis and take advantage of all we have to offer.

Make a gift to Diversity Scholarships

Student Emergency Grant Fund

In response to the pandemic, the university is raising support for the Student Emergency Fund, which aids Brandeis' commitment to mitigating the financial impact of unforeseen circumstances on students. The fund exists for precisely this situation, to provide urgent and emergency funds to students in need. 

make a gift to the student emergency grant fund

Professorships, Capital Projects, and Endowments

Brandeis's commitment to academic rigor, critical thinking, and creating a just world is as strong today as at our founding. Philanthropy built this university and remains an important pillar as we recommit to excellence and access in the 21st century. Gifting to establish endowed professorships, named capital projects, or departmental endowments can transform the future of higher education at Brandeis, including the current effort to endow a faculty position in the Department of African and African American Studies. Your generosity drives innovation through support for our students, faculty, and campus community.

Contact Vice President of Development Hannah Peters if you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities.

See Your Impact

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The generosity of the Brandeis community really adds up. Just ask our students. Read these reflections of four outstanding 2020 graduates who received endowed scholarships at Brandeis to see how your gift can make an impact on the lives of our students each and every day.