The Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council (BAFLC) is composed of alumni volunteers from across class years and across the world who are committed to sustaining Brown's academic excellence. Members seek to inspire support from fellow alumni by making Leader-level gifts and encouraging members of the Brown community to join them in the Carrie Tower Society

First established in 2001, annual leadership contributions have grown from $5 million to more than $30 million with help from the BAFLC. Through their philanthropic support and personal outreach, this important group of volunteers has helped to set new records for the Annual Fund.

“ Brown has enriched my life in so many ways, both while attending as a student and now over my 25 years as an alumnus. I love volunteering as it allows me to give back in some small way, but also connects me with so many other alumni from whom I continue to learn. ”

Daniel H. O’Keefe '97 BAFLC Co-Chair

Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council Roles & Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate personal philanthropic leadership with a minimum Brown Annual Fund gift at the Carrie Tower Society Leader level ($10,000+). 
  • Connect with a select portfolio of peers annually to encourage their support of the Brown Annual Fund at the Leader level ($10,000+) and foster their engagement with Brown. 
  • Participate in quarterly conference calls/virtual meetings and regular email exchanges.
  • Serve as an advocate for Brown University and the Annual Fund.

Council Members Receive:

  • Personal recognition by University senior leadership.
  • Optional partnership with a member of the Brown Annual Fund Young Leadership Council to mentor and share fundraising experiences through the Leader Network. 
  • Dedicated annual fund staff support, including strategic guidance for volunteer outreach, customized talking points, and curated news from campus.

My Brown education not only enhanced my love of learning but also gave me the confidence to know I could tackle almost anything. By giving back my time, talents, and money, I know I can help ensure Brown continues to provide the same life-changing experience to generations of students to come.

Susan A. Buffum ’74 BAFLC Co-Chair
Susan A. Buffum ’74
Susan A. Buffum ’74
Headshot of Suzanne Auclair ’87 P’23
Suzanne Auclair ’87 P’23
Headshot of Daniel H. O’Keefe ’97
Daniel H. O’Keefe ’97
Honorary Co-Chair


To learn more about the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council (BAFLC) and how you can become a member, please contact:

Yoni Sunshine
Assistant Director, Annual Leadership Giving
+1 (401) 863-2413