To honor Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, a man whose life and work inspired them and countless others, Andrew Bursky, AB ’78, BS ’78, MS ’78, and Jane Bursky, AB ’78, established this leadership challenge. The Burskys hope to encourage alumni, parents, and friends to invest in Washington University and carry on Dr. Danforth’s legacy.

How the challenge works

The Andrew M. and Jane M. Bursky Leadership Challenge will match all new and increased gifts at the William Greenleaf Eliot Society Patron and Danforth Circle levels, through December 31, 2021, or up to a total of $1 million.

Gifts to this fund provide annual credit toward membership in one of the university’s giving clubs. Your recognition level is based on your gift and will not include the challenge matching dollars


Berkeley GillentineDirector, Leadership Annual Giving and Eliot Society Programs

About the Eliot Society

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society recognizes donors who make Annual Fund gifts to Washington University of $1,000 or more. As leaders of the Annual Fund, Eliot Society members provide unrestricted support for Washington University’s schools and programs each year. Tuition today provides approximately 60% of the operating budget for schools on the Danforth Campus. The Annual Fund helps bridge the budget gap and maintain the margin of excellence that advances Washington University as a leading center of knowledge and research.

About the donors

Andrew and Jane Bursky met as undergraduate students and feel a deep connection to WashU. Admitted as a Langsdorf Fellow, Mr. Bursky understands the impact of giving to the university, and the Burskys have been ardent and generous supporters of our students, faculty, and researchers.

Andrew is a co-founder and managing partner of Atlas Holdings, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Atlas and its affiliates own and operate 24 businesses that employ more than 40,000 associates at more than 200 facilities worldwide. He serves as a university trustee, chairman of the Atlas Foundation, executive board member of No Labels, and board member of numerous businesses.

Andrew M. Bursky, AB ’78, BS ’78, MS ’78, and Jane M. Bursky, AB ’78

The Burskys live in Greenwich, Connecticut, and have two children, Stephen Bursky and Jennifer Brauntuch, AB ’06, and six granddaughters.

Annual Fund Levels of Recognition* 

William Greenleaf Eliot Society 

Eliot Society Member


Eliot Society Fellow**


Eliot Society Benefactor**


Eliot Society Patron


Danforth Circle 

Dean’s Level


Chancellor’s Level

$50,000 or more 

Your gift to Washington University is tax deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. and Canadian law. 

*Your recognition level is based on your gift and will not include the challenge matching dollars. 

**Donors may establish a named annual scholarship for each gift of $5,000 or more.