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Case for the Bates Fund

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The Bates Fund helps to make up the difference between the comprehensive fee and the actual cost of educating each Bates student. Bates (and nearly all of its peer schools) depends on tuition revenue, endowment spending and annual fund/current-use gifts to cover operating costs.

The Bates Fund, including gifts to Friends of Bates Athletics (FBA), is a critical measure of Bobcat pride. Reaching the 50 percent alumni participation level for two consecutive years makes Bates a leader within its elite peer group. Every year, our donors provide vital support for quality academic, athletic and co-curricular programs. Bates depends on you.

Help us achieve our ambitious 2013–14 goals of $6.75 million, 50 percent alumni participation and 40 percent parent participation by making your gift or pledge today.

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Where Does the Money Go?
Bates Fund budget-relieving gifts support the fundamental aspects of a Bates education: everything from faculty salaries and curriculum development to athletic team travel and a rich arts culture.

The Bates Fund supports… This year, your gifts will…
Financial aid Provide partial support for the 48 percent of students who receive financial aid. In FY13, the average college-administered grant was $38,387.
Academic excellence Help compensate 200+ top-in-their-field faculty members, allowing Bates to maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Annual library purchases Go toward necessary library staffing, technology and holdings to support 350,000 library visits by students, faculty, and guests.
Student life Support robust Career Development Center offerings and events — such as one-on-one counseling, employer information sessions, internships and workshops on topics ranging from networking to resume building.
 

Join us!

The Bates Fund has grown by 14.1 percent in the past two years thanks to incredible engagement and generosity from alumni, parents and friends.

To make a gift, go to bates.edu/give; call us toll free at 888-522-8371; or send your check payable to Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240. The Fund year closes June 30, 2014.