Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends

2021-2022 Giving and Impact
A Year of Generosity

Brandeis’ generous community of supporters is propelling the institution into the future. See how your support has made a difference this year.

By the Numbers

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    The Power of Community

    Alumni, families, and friends gave $94 million this year, surpassing last year's fundraising total by 70%.

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    Supporting Students

    Thanks to you, 2,197 students were able to attend Brandeis this past academic year with the help of scholarship support.

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    Alumni Take Action

    More than 6,300 alumni showed their commitment to Brandeis with gifts totaling $43 million.

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    Adding It Up

    Every gift makes a difference when you're part of a generous community like ours. $367,281 was raised from gifts of less than $100.

Inspirational Gifts

When you give to Brandeis, you affirm your values and advance our mission. Learn why these philanthropic leaders are investing in Brandeis.

Scholarship Support Opens Doors

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    Meet Shelley ’24

    Since arriving at Brandeis, Shelley left her timidity behind and found her focus and ambition. She's a dual major in Politics and African and African American Studies and works as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion intern for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Brandeis. She also finds time to serve as a Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees and says her involvement in the Student Union is especially empowering. “My experiences at Brandeis have taught me how powerful my voice is and have taught me about the value of mentorship and community,” she says. "Brandeis is truly a place that helps students thrive and succeed."

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    Meet Jonathan ’23

    A founding member of the Disabled Students Network, Jonathan is proud of his efforts to share the experiences of disabled people through partnerships with other campus groups. He is a dual major in international and global studies and French and Francophone studies, and plans to work in public policy after graduation. He says that without scholarship support, he would not have had the opportunity to attend Brandeis.

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    Meet Nathalie ’23

    Nathalie is this year's recipient of the Linda Heller Kamm ’61 Prize, which recognizes student leaders in social justice. She came to Brandeis as a Posse scholar and has since immersed herself in leadership roles across campus. She’s a community advisor, a Roosevelt fellow, a peer health educator, and a neuroscience undergraduate department representative. “These positions are outlets that allow me to impact others in the way that I have been impacted,” she says. “It is all about giving back to the community.”

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    Meet Yael ’23

    The Pittsburgh native is majoring in politics, with minors in economics and Middle Eastern and Judaic studies. During her first year at Brandeis, she founded a campus chapter of Students Demand Action to advocate for gun safety. And she credits the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies as well as the David & Lola Swede P'89 Research Fellowship for Jewish Studies Award for making two meaningful summer internships abroad possible. “My Brandeis experience has been incredibly impactful and has helped shape both my academic and professional interests," she says.

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    Meet Mahamed ’23

    Mahamed has thrown himself into experiential learning in the sciences. He has interned with the Centers for Disease Control, and he works as a research assistant at The Heller School and as a lab assistant in the lab of Nobel Laureate Michael Rosbash. Scholarship support has been the “biggest blessing” and has given him “the freedom to take advantage of more opportunities during my time at Brandeis.” As a dual major in biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy, Mahamed aspires to pursue an MD/MPH after graduation.

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    Meet Sofiia, IBS MBA’24

    Sofiia left the war-torn city of Kyiv to attend Brandeis International Business School, thanks to a brand-new scholarship. Established in response to the war in Ukraine, the Peace Scholarship will bring up to 10 students to Brandeis from Ukraine and other countries. Sofiia recently recounted her inspiring journey from bomb shelter to Brandeis in an interview with an NPR affiliate.

Alumni Pay it Forward

This year, alumni demonstrated their pride and passion for their alma mater, giving generously of their time, talents, and resources, in gratitude for all that Brandeis has given them.

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Products of a Special Place

Proud alumni Ira and Nancy Shapiro, both Class of 1969, support Brandeis to honor all that makes the university great.

The Generosity of Families

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This year, 2,300 current and past parents and families gave nearly $8 million to support the place their students now call home. The Parents Leadership Council recognizes our most generous parent donors. Learn how you can get involved.

An Investment in Tomorrow

Giving to Brandeis means investing in tomorrow's leaders, novel research discoveries, and the pioneering mission of the institution.

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Marta Kauffman ’78 Endows Professorship in African and African American Studies

The first endowed professorship for the department of African and African American studies is established thanks to a $4M pledge from "Friends" and "Grace and Frankie" co-creator Marta Kauffman ’78, H’20.

Community In Action


Giving DEISday 2022

Brandeis' annual day of giving had another banner year with 2,186 donors showing support for the causes on campus that are most meaningful to them.

Raising Funds to Preserve History

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Last fall the Brandeis National Committee reached its fundraising campaign goal in record time to digitize thousands of documents of historical significance from the Brandeis Library.

A Commitment to Giving

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The Sachar Legacy Society recognizes more than 1,900 forward-thinking and valued alumni and friends who remember Brandeis in a will, trust, or other planned gift. Learn how Ann Gilbert is honoring the memory of her husband Frank, great-grandson of Louis D. Brandeis.

Even More Impact

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Learn how faculty, students, and alumni from the Heller School and the International Business School are making an impact on the world, thanks to your support.