July 20, 2017

About BNC National

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Brandeis National Committee (BNC) is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. BNC’s membership is connected to the university through fundraising and activities that reflect the values on which the university was founded: academic excellence, social justice, nonsectarianism and service to the community.

Fast Facts


Volunteers and working people, BNC members are women and men who share a passion for lifelong learning and for the mission of Brandeis University, the only non-sectarian university founded by the American Jewish community. Most BNC members continue their education through learning opportunities created by Brandeis faculty exclusively for BNC.


Founded in 1948, the same year as Brandeis University, the Brandeis National Committee provides financial support for Brandeis and its libraries. The BNC is the largest friends-of-a-library group in the world with 26,000 members nationwide. A volunteer fundraising organization, BNC has contributed over $127 million to Brandeis University while utilizing the resources of the university to provide unique programming for its members.

The funds provided by BNC support student scholarships, expansion of the Brandeis Libraries, restoration and preservation, development of information technology and other support. Most recently the Brandeis National Committee raised $1.5 million for students in the scholarships. We thank our chapters for this immense support and establishing a promising future for Brandeis.


Brandeis National Committee chapters are located nationwide. BNC’s National Center is on the Brandeis campus in Waltham, Mass.

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