The Mount David Society recognizes Bates Fund donors who put the college first in their annual philanthropy. These individuals lead the way in supporting Bates by making significant, unrestricted current-use gifts each year — gifts that underpin the college’s ability to sustain excellence. The generous contributions of Mount David Society members provide nearly 80 percent of the Bates Fund total each year and make a tremendous impact on the campus each day.

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mount David Society, marking a decade of impressive growth in Bates Fund leadership giving. Since its inaugural year in 2004, annual MDS gifts have increased from $2.2 million to $4.9 million, leading the way in enhancing a transformative Bates experience.


Rob Cramer '79 of the Bates College Alumni Council. October 27, 2012.  “Bates is full of purpose and a collective positive spirit that is rare among most higher education institutions. The generosity of the Mount David Society reflects this spirit and purpose — we know our students take pride in their academic achievements, and we in turn take pride in keeping Bates strong for them and for those who follow.”— Rob Cramer ’79, P’13, P’14, Co-Chair

“As a Mount David Society donor, I am proud to support the rewarding faculty-student relationships and strong egalitarian values that make Bates a truly outstanding academic community. Our financial contributions ensure that Bates continues to foster generations of leaders who are informed and inspired by our distinctive mission.” — Pamela Batchelder Johnson ’91, Co-Chair pamela_johnson

If you would like to have a conversation about Mount David Society programs and membership, please contact Emily R. Muther, Director of Mount David Society Giving at 207-755-5994 or

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