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William F. Bagley, Jr.

Bill Bagley is a distinguished fundraising leader, planned giving expert, philanthropic advisor, and attorney. During his decades long career, he has been recruited for a variety of non profit and government positions, giving him the special privilege to work “both sides” of the philanthropic table. His work with individuals, corporations and foundations on major gifts and grants has entailed the design and execution of a variety of sophisticated philanthropic instruments with complex legal giving structures. His service includes The Choate Rosemary Hall School, Yale University, Boston College, The Trustees of Reservations, St. Mark’s School, and the International Catholic Migration Commission, among others. He has also served as philanthropic counsel to many well-recognized, but anonymous individuals and foundations.

Mr. Bagley is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, is admitted to practice in Federal Courts in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, DC. He has taught the law of philanthropy for 13 years at Boston College Law School. In 2022 Bill was honored with the creation of a new faculty award in recognition of the strength of his teaching. As an author, Mr. Bagley has written articles for Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, and other professional publications. He also serves as co-founder and senior counsel to the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good.