Mount David Society

The Mount David Society recognizes Bates Fund donors who put the college first in their annual philanthropy by making a gift of $1,855 or more to the Bates Fund. 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. Since its inaugural year in 2004, cumulative MDS giving has increased from $2.2 million to over $5 million annually, leading the way in enhancing a transformative Bates experience.

pam-johnson-headshot“Our collective giving sends a powerful signal that Bates has alumni and parents committed to its historic mission of intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, and social justice. I know that my Bates experience was richer for the diversity of student voices. I heard classmates speak from points of view that I had never even heard of before, and I am proud to provide financial support to ensure that many different voices continue to be part of the Bates education.

As a member of the Mount David Society, I stay connected to Bates supporters who share my enthusiasm for the college and the world around us. We all have a passion for lifelong learning, even as our particular fields of interest vary. MDS allows me to hear firsthand from these leaders and current students who shape today’s Bates experience.”

– Pamela Batchelder Johnson ’91, Mount David Society Committee Co-Chair


“My wife, Deborah Verner ’95, and I feel a deep connection to Bates and have made the college our top philanthropic priority. The college made a huge impact on who we are and where we are today, and our gifts celebrate this incredible bond to the college.

We see how our MDS gift makes an impact every time we return to campus and interact with the student body. I am thrilled by how many incoming and current students have fallen in love with Bates and describe the college in ways that echo the exact reasons I originally came here many years ago. Bates has maintained its core spirit and mission over the years — and this fosters a deeper connection with its alumni.”

– Jason C. Verner ’95, Mount David Society Committee Co-Chair

Membership Levels

+Founder's Associates

Gifts of $1,855–$9,999

Founder’s Associates help make it possible for Bates students to discover, build, lead and inspire each day. 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.
  • Insiders’ updates on the college throughout the year.
  • Recognition in the annual Report of Giving.
+Named Scholars

Named Scholars: Gifts of $5,000 or more

Named Scholars donors may create a scholarship in their name or the name of a loved on through a gift of $5,000 or more, designated to Named Scholars. This renewable support provides students in need with financial aid 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 Associates

President’s Associates: Gifts of $10,000–$24,999

Supporters who place the college at the top of their philanthropic priorities. Their generosity helps ensure that Bates is at the forefront of the nation’s liberal arts colleges today, and moving forward. 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 to hear insider updates on college priorities from President Clayton Spencer.
  • Option to designate a portion or all of one’s gift toward the Named Scholars program, described above.

President’s Associates who annually give $25,000 or more, also have the opportunity to engage with members of the college’s senior leadership.

+MDS Young Alumni

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 Amount
1 to 4 years out (Classes of 2013 to 2016)  $100+
5 years out (Class of 2012, 5th Reunion) $500+
6 to 9 years out (Classes of 2008 to 2011) $500+
10 years out (Class of 2007, 10th Reunion) $1,000+
11 to 14 years out (Classes of 2003 to 2006) $1,000+
15+ years out (Class of 2002, 15th Reunion) $1,855+

If you would like to have a conversation about Mount David Society programs and membership, please contact us at For more information, please browse the flipbook version of the 2016–17 Mount David Society brochure below. Click the square icon in the lower-right corner for a full-screen view of the brochure, and click “esc” on your keyboard to leave the full-screen view.