Bates Parents Fund

The Parents Fund consists of contributions by parents of current undergraduates and graduates to the Bates Fund, the college’s annual fundraising campaign.


Unrestricted gifts to the Parents Fund help meet immediate expenses in such areas as: academic excellence, residential life and library resources. These funds are the keys to our competitiveness. Bates could not easily replace the power of your gift. For spending purposes, every $100 you give equals at least $2,000 in new endowment; every $1,000 at least $20,000.

But, in reality, the impact of a contribution to the Bates Parents Fund is immeasurable. How can you put a price on the “lightbulb” moment a student has under the instruction of an inspiring professor? Or how a student’s life will be changed because they received enough financial aid to attend Bates? The Parents Fund reaches the very heart of Bates. Your generous gift to the Parents Fund reaffirms your belief in the college and its values.

The college asks every parent to consider making a yearly unrestricted gift to the fund. Gifts from parents support the exceptional programs that make Bates one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation. In 2012-2013, the Bates Parents Fund raised $1.46 million. The goal for this year is $1.5 million (the fiscal year runs through June 30, 2014).

Parents Fund Commitments (includes gifts and pledges)

Dollars Raised: $1,368,241
Participation: 37%
as of June 1, 2013

Get Involved

Parents Fund Volunteers are vital to the strength of the Parents Fund. In turn, getting involved with the Parents Fund connects you with other parents and with your child’s experience at Bates. Click here for more information.

Ways to Give

Online giving is easy, quick, and secure. Or, call us toll free at 1-888-522-8371. Checks payable to Bates College can be sent to 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240.

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