The funds provided by BNC support student scholarships, science research and the expansion of the Brandeis Libraries. This includes the acquisition of books, research journals, restoration and preservation, development of information technology and student work assistance.

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

Fast Facts


Volunteers and working people, Brandeis National Committee (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. Men raised money for bricks and mortar and the women raised the money to put books in the library.

The BNC is the largest friends-of-a-library group in the world with 23,000 members nationwide. A volunteer fundraising organization, BNC (formally known as BUNWC) has contributed over $131 million to Brandeis University while utilizing the resources of the university to provide unique programming for its members.