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PARENTS FUND LEADERSHIP GIVING


GIVING THAT TRANSFORMS We invite you to join an engaged community of Bates’ most committed supporters — the Mount David Society (MDS). MDS recognizes alumni and parent donors who make the college a philanthropic priority with annual gifts of $1,855 or more to the Bates Fund. Leadership-level giving from parents ensures that Bates students receive a best-in-class liberal arts experience with faculty mentors who are leading experts in their fields. In honor of their generosity, MDS members receive special opportunities to connect with other members and Bates leaders, on campus and at regional gatherings.


FROM OUR CO - CHAIRS The Mount David Society represents a group of Bates alumni and parents who have chosen to make leadership gifts that are commensurate with their passion for Bates and their philanthropic capacity. Contributions from MDS members make an immediate impact on students by directly supporting college priorities, including Purposeful Work, the Engaged Liberal Arts, and Bates’ commitment to excellence and opportunity for all. Within MDS, the Parents Executive Council (PEC) represents a group of Bates parents who give at the level of $5,000 and above to provide Bates students with the resources and opportunities they need to be successful. We are happy to report that in 2015–16, our inaugural year, 89 PEC-member families collectively gave nearly $900,000 of last year’s $1.1 million in total Parents Fund giving. Among their other contributions, PEC members sponsored 35 Career Discovery in Practice internships and hosted nine Summer Welcome Receptions for incoming Bates students and their families. On a more personal level, our work as members of the PEC has afforded us the opportunity to build our own special bonds with Bates. By working with faculty, staff, and other enthusiastic parents, we have deepened our connection to the college and formed new friendships. As co-chairs of the PEC, we ask you to join us in making Bates a philanthropic priority. Whether you can make a commitment at the MDS level, the PEC level, or above, your leadership gifts are vital to ensuring that we build a strong future for our students and for Bates. We thank you in advance for your support. Regards, Bill ’82 and Scarlett Carey ’82, P’13, ’14, ’19 Jeanmarie (Hester) ’85 and Colin Cooper, P’19 Co-Chairs, Parents Executive Council


“Our son was a freshman when we decided to support Bates. He was so happy right away and has thrived at Bates over the years. But it was President Spencer’s vision for the college that inspired us to give at a leadership level.” Jim and Tracy Lilly P’16


THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPY • With gift pledges totaling $19 million, Bates will create six new endowed professorships and launch the college’s new digital and computational studies program. • Last year, more than 300 students explored their interests through internships, research grants, and community engagement projects, including 119 Purposeful Work internships. • Alumni, parents, and friends set a Bates record by giving $28.2 million to the college in 2015–16, including $6.52 million to the Bates Fund and $13 million for the endowment.

When you make a leadership gift to the Parents Fund, you provide the next generation with: • A best-in-class liberal arts experience, spanning academic, athletic, and cocurricular programs.

• Generous financial aid (more than $35,000 per student on average) for 43 percent of Bates students.

• Career-defining funded internships and student-faculty research opportunities.

• A 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio with top-of-their-field professors.

• Access to a global community of supportive alumni, forming a large and ever-growing Bates family.

• Technology resources and library holdings to enhance students’ learning experiences.


“Bates has proven to be a rewarding choice for our son, who is a sophomore. He is thrilled with the college’s strong academics and student-life programming, as well as the studyabroad and internship possibilities. Supporting the Parents Fund is a natural way for us to provide other determined and deserving students all the opportunities that come with a Bates education.” Missy and Rich Moreland P’19


LEADERSHIP LEVELS MOUNT DAVID SO CIETY Gifts of $1,855 or more In recognition of this generous commitment, the college expresses its gratitude by offering: • Special opportunities to meet and network with MDS members and Bates leaders on campus and at regional gatherings.

• Insiders’ updates on the college throughout the year. • MDS recognition in the college’s annual Report of Giving.

PARENTS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Gifts of $5,000 or more In addition to the above: • Opportunities to connect with Bates leadership regarding important campus initiatives. • An invitation to participate in conference calls with campus leaders to receive insider news.

• Invitations to join networking receptions with other Bates parents, both regionally and on campus. • An invitation to the President’s Reception at Back to Bates: Homecoming & Family Weekend.

PRESIDENT’S ASSO CIATES Gifts of $10,000–$24,999 In addition to the above: • A copy of a book or selected academic reading chosen by President Spencer at the start of each academic year. • An invitation to join an annual teleconference, featuring insider updates on college priorities from President Clayton Spencer.

Gifts of $25,000 or more • Opportunity for individual engagement with members of the college’s senior leadership.


LEADERSHIP IN ACTION

$1.1M

Total Parents Fund giving

$896K

PEC Parents Fund giving

89

PEC member families

469

PEC welcome calls to new Bates families and students worldwide

225

PEC Parents Fund solicitation calls

1,632

Total Parents Fund donors

35

PEC sponsors of Career Discovery in Practice internships

9

PEC hosts for Summer Welcome Receptions


“We support Bates because our daughter is completely engaged and happy, in an environment that is academically very strong and so friendly, as well. It’s a pleasure to support a place that continues to broaden her life experiences while encouraging creative thinking and love of learning.” John and Jean Kingston P’17


MAXIMIZE YOUR GIVING

Make the most of your philanthropic support to the college at the Parents Fund leadership level of giving through the following options: BATES BEACONS PERPETUAL GIVING PROGRAM

Make your leadership-level giving convenient and manageable by signing up for Bates Beacons, the college’s recurring giving program. The Bates Beacons program allows you to divide your Parents Fund gift into affordable monthly increments through recurring, automatic deductions from your credit card or checking account. You can also continue to direct your leadership-level giving to the Bates programs that mean the most to you.

MATCHING GIFTS

Many companies offer matching-gift programs to encourage employees to support their colleges and universities. Most companies match dollar-for-dollar, but some will double or triple an employee’s gift. Check with your organization’s human resources department about its matching-gift policy.

GIFTS OF SECURITIES

Gifts of long-term appreciated securities and mutual-fund shares may be deducted on your tax statement at fair market value on the date of the transfer to the college.

FOUNDATIONS OR D ONOR-ADVISED FUNDS

Those with foundations or donor-advised funds can direct gifts to Bates College.

Learn more: bates.edu/giving/ways-to-give


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit bates.edu/parents or email parents@bates.edu to find out how you can support and celebrate Bates. Social Media Facebook: Bates College Alumni Twitter: @BatesCollege Instagram: @bates.alumni Snapchat: batescollege

CONTACT STEPHANIE BRADY, Director of Parent Giving Office of College Advancement, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240

bates.edu/mds

(207) 786-6488, parents@bates.edu


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