Boynton Society

Recognizing those who have given $10 million or more


The Boynton Society is named for John Boynton, a prosperous tinware manufacturer from Templeton, Massachusetts. whose vision led to the founding of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Though he had achieved success, Boynton always regretted that he was denied the opportunity for a college education. In the latter part of his life he saw the impact the industrial revolution already was having on life and work in New England and realized that the region would need educated people to assume positions of leadership in manufacturing and commerce. He pledged his life’s savings of $100,000 to endow a new school in Worcester to educate those leaders. Today, Worcester Polytechnic Institute continues to educate leaders for a global innovation economy.

Like John Boynton, members of the Boynton Society are WPI’s most visionary philanthropists. Their contributions to advance the mission of this institution will impact individuals and communities for generations to come.


  • Welcome Package

  • Society-specific lapel pin

  • Special recognition gift

  • Recognition on a campus monument to WPI’s most generous benefactors

  • Invitations to exclusive events on campus and across the country

  • Personal concierge contact in the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship to coordinate your personal WPI activities

  • Special access to theater and music performances, private tours, lectures, seminars, competitions, and exhibits

  • Membership announcements that may be included in select publications and university websites

  • Insider emails for breaking news at WPI

  • 30% off your purchases at the WPI campus bookstore