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THE MOUNT DAVID SO CIETY Leaders in Bates Fund Giving

GIVING THAT TRANSFORMS We invite you to join an engaged community of Bates’ most committed supporters — the Mount David Society. MDS recognizes Bates Fund donors who make the college a philanthropic priority with annual gifts of $1,855 or more. Leadership-level giving from MDS members 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 high-level opportunities to network with other members and Bates leaders, on campus and at regional gatherings. Make your mark — join the Mount David Society today!


Name: Pam Batchelder Johnson ’91

about most people. No matter what I’ve done or where I’ve gone, those skills and experiences have been important.

Hometown, state: Originally from Avon, Conn., now living in Houston, Texas. Academic major: American Studies. An MDS leadership donor for: 16 years.

What do you love about Bates now? Undergraduate activities at Bates:

Students-in-Admissions, secretary of Representative Assembly, College Choir, manager of the Field Hockey team, and JSA in Copenhagen. I also worked in Office Services and the mailroom with the great Joline Froton! Favorite spots on campus: The steps of Hathorn and Perry Atrium in Pettengill Hall.

The students. So many of them are engaged in the broader community, and they take advantage of all Bates, Lewiston, and Maine have to offer. The students I have met are down-to-earth, enjoy each other’s company, and support each other’s achievements. Their academic presentations blow me away! Why do you support Bates at MDS level? Strong financial aid is critical to

bringing great students to Bates. I want Bates to remain accessible to all students — from urban Chicago to rural Maine, and for those who are first-generationmember of the Bates Fund Executive to-college to fifth-generation Batesie. I Committee; Co-Chair, 25th Reunion. strongly believe in the transformative How did Bates prepare you for success? power of our differences and that a variBates professors taught me to be prepared, ety of perspectives enriches the learning environment for all students. to speak up, to read critically, and to write well. My classmates taught me that there’s a lot more than meets the eye Recent alumni volunteer roles for Bates: Co-Chair, Mount David Society;


JASON Name: Jason Verner ’95 Hometown, state: Originally from Am-

herst, Mass., now living in Acton.

Academic major: Economics with a

minor in Computer Science

Undergraduate activities at Bates: Varsity Football and Baseball, co-captain of Baseball in 1995. An MDS leadership donor for: 7 years Volunteer roles: Co-Chair, Mount David

What do you love about Bates now?

I love the sense of community and shared experience, both with current students and with alumni. There is a timelessness to what Bates is all about that allows connection across generations of alumni. Although I have been out of Bates for quite a while now, the campus still feels like home. Why do you support Bates at the MDS level? For me, it’s the organization that

Society Committee; member of the Bates Fund Executive Committee; Co-President, I have the deepest connection with and which has had the biggest impact on my Bates Class of 1995; Alumni-in-Admislife. Bates is our top philanthropic priority. sion Volunteer Favorite spots on campus: Commons

and the Quad

How did Bates prepare you for life after college? Bates and the Bates Economics

department in particular, gave me a great head start on my career by teaching me to think analytically and to organize and effectively express my ideas. The thesis experience was an especially invaluable capstone experience that I am forever grateful for.

Gifts from 1035 MDS donors accounted for 80% of the 2015–16 Bates Fund.

$5.2 million

from Mount David Society alumni, parents, and friends

“Giving to the Bates Fund creates opportunities for all students through funded internships, research grants, scholarships, and support for arts and athletics. From our point of view, giving is as important to life as breathing. Generosity is a key ingredient for a full life.” MDS members Hugh ’50 and Lois Penney ’50, P’74, P’76, GP’03, GP’07, GP’09

THE POWER OF PHILANTHROPY • With gift pledges of $19 million, Bates will create six new endowed professorships and launch the college’s new digital and computational studies program. • The Class of 2016 includes 11 Fulbright winners, two Watson Fellows, two Davis Project for Peace recipients, and a Princeton in Asia Fellow. • Thirty-three Bates students co-authored research with faculty last year. • 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 Mount David Society-level Bates Fund gift, 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 48 percent of Bates students

• career-defining funded internships and student-faculty research opportunities

• a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio with topof-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 experience

“I would not have been able to attend Bates without significant scholarship assistance. The education and life preparation I received have been invaluable for my career and have opened doors throughout my life. Participating in the Named Scholars program is one way I can acknowledge the opportunity I was given and play a part in providing others with a similar opportunity. I see my contributions to the Named Scholars program as an investment in the future of a deserving student as well as the college.� Michael Hogan ’85 of San Francisco, Calif., is a senior vice president with Charles Schwab Corporation and has been a Named Scholars donor for the past 11 years.

“Financial aid has made it possible for me to attend Bates and has given me the opportunity to pursue research that inspires and excites me. I have been able to befriend and work with many wonderful classmates, professors, and community members, and I’m learning ways of thinking that will aid me in my endeavors for the rest of my life. The support of generous donors means the world to me.” Christina Lang ’18 of Novato, Calif., is majoring in women and gender studies with a minor in African American studies.

MDS MEMBERSHIP LEVELS FOUNDER’S ASSO CIATES Gifts of $1,855–$9,999 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.

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

NAMED SCHOLARS PRO GRAM Gifts of $5,000 or more Named Scholars Program donors may create a scholarship in their name or the name of a loved one through a gift of $5,000 or more, designated to Named Scholars. This renewable support provides students in need with financial support each year. • Provide scholarship assistance to a student with demonstrated financial need within a year of your gift.

• Receive a profile of your scholarship recipient with details about his or her Bates experience. • Get to know your student through correspondence and the annual Mount David Summit event held on campus in the spring.

PRESIDENT’S ASSO CIATES Gifts of $10,000 –$24,999 In addition to the opportunities 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 Spencer.

• Option to designate a portion or all of one’s gift towards the Named Scholars Program, described above.

Gifts of $25,00 or more • Opportunity for individual engagement with members of the college’s senior leadership.

YOUNG ALUMNI GIVING LEVELS Bates recognizes that young alumni are at the beginning of their philanthropic relationship with the college. That’s why members of the most recent 14 classes are able to join the Mount David Society at a reduced rate and receive recognition for their leadership-level giving. Class


1 to 4 years out (Class of 2016 to 2013)


5 years out (Class of 2012 — 5th Reunion)


6 to 9 years out (Class of 2011 to 2008)


10 years out (Class of 2007 — 10th Reunion)


11 to 14 years out (Class of 2006 to 2003)


15+ years out (Class of 2002 — 15th Reunion)


MAXIMIZE YOUR GIVING Make the most of your philanthropic support to the college and achieve an MDS level of giving through the following options. Learn more about each at BATES BEACONS PERPETUAL GIVING PROGRAM Make your MDS-level giving convenient and manageable by signing up for Bates Beacons, the college’s perpetual recurring giving program. The Bates Beacons program allows you to divide your Bates Fund gift into affordable monthly increments through recurring, automatic deductions from your credit card or checking account. What’s more, you can 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 DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS Those with foundations or donor-advised funds can direct gifts to Bates College.

“I’ve always believed that consistently giving to the Mount David Society is important as Bates innovates the liberal arts experience. I have a lot of faith in the college to use my gift for the greatest impact for current students, year-after-year.” MDS member Christian Ford ’08

FOR MORE INFORMATION Find out how you can support and celebrate Bates by visiting or emailing Social Media Facebook: Bates College Alumni Twitter: @BatesCollege Instagram: @bates.alumni Snapchat: batescollege

CONTACT Genevieve Leslie, Director of Annual Giving Office of College Advancement, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240 (207) 755-8255,