Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a gift to Bates. Find the option that works best for you.


Checks should be made payable to Bates College and mailed to the Office of College Advancement, Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240-6028.

Online / Credit Card

Bates accepts payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. To make a credit card gift, you may visit or call toll-free 1-888-522-8371.

Bates Beacons Monthly Giving Program

This program offers a simple and convenient way to make monthly payments to the college with your credit card or via electronic deductions from your checking account. Many donors are able to make a larger gift than they originally thought possible. For more information, click here or call toll-free 888-522-8371.

Multi-Year Pledges

Pledges allow you to make a commitment to be paid over a period of time (usually not more than three years) based on an agreed-upon payment schedule. The college sends pledge reminders periodically. If you’d like more information on making a pledge to The Bates Fund or an endowed priority, please call 1-888-522-8371.

Gifts of Securities, Mutual Fund & Stock Shares

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. To learn more click here or contact Sue Michel at 207-786-6248 or For directions about gifting securities or mutual funds to Bates, please view our delivery instructions. For directions about gifting stock to Bates, view our delivery instructions here.

Gift Planning

Charitable Gift Annuities, Pooled Funds and Charitable Trusts allow donors to retain an income interest in their gifts while supporting the college at a level greater than might otherwise be possible. Benefits usually include increased annual income, income- and estate-tax deductions, and avoidance of capital gain. Click here to read more. For more information or for a personalized scenario, please contact Susan Dunning, Gift Planning Associate, at 207-786-6246 or


Because Bates lives on and will educate future generations of students for leadership and service, a wonderful way for every alum to be part of the college’s ongoing mission is to include Bates in your will or retirement plan. For information or sample language for your will, please contact Susan Dunning, Gift Planning Associate, at 207-786-6246 or

Gifts of Real Estate & Other Personal Property

There are many creative and lasting ways to create your own legacy at Bates, some of which involve more planning. Gifts of real estate or capital assets such as art, rare books and antiques can often be beneficially gifted to the college. For more information or to discuss a particular asset, please contact Susan Dunning, Gift Planning Associate, at 207-786-6246 or

Matching Gifts

Many businesses and corporations match the personal gifts to educational institutions made by employees, retirees and their family members. Contact your company’s personnel office for more information. You may also contact Sue Michel at 207-786-6248 or with questions.

Bates is recognized as a non-profit institution under the terms of section 101(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1939, which corresponds to section 501(c)(3) of the 1954 Code. Our tax id number is: 01-0211781.

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