Mount David Society

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. 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_johnson1

Mount David Society Levels

BOLD (Bobcats of the Last Decade)

Alumni from the classes of 2005-2014 can join the Mount David Society at a reduced rate and begin their own tradition of philanthropic support to the college.

Founder’s Associates

Classes ten or more years since graduation with gifts between $1,855 – $9,999. Founder’s Associates help make it possible for Bates students to discover, build, lead and inspire each day.

Named Scholars Program

A gift of $5,000 to the Bates Fund creates a Named Scholarship providing need-based aid, in your name or the name of a loved one, to a Bates student.

President’s Associates

$10,000 and above

These supporters place the college at the top of their philanthropic priorities and their generosity helps ensure that Bates is at the forefront of the nation’s liberal arts colleges today, and moving forward.

$25,000 and above

Gifts at this level of the Mount David Society are critical to the overall success of the Bates Fund and provide the foundation for Bates to continue to deliver an outstanding education with a mission-driven approach.


Mount David Society Committee

Bates gains strength from Mount David Society Committee volunteers, who help secure significant, unrestricted current-use gifts each year.

2013-2014 Mount David Society Committee

  • Robert E. Cramer ’79, P’13, P’14, Co-chair
  • Pamela B. Johnson ’91, Co-Chair
  • Frederic R. Bernhard ’92
  • Ryan J. Bouchard ’01
  • William C. Carey ’82, P’13, P’14, Trustee
  • Andrew F. Carman ’85
  • Mary Capaldi Carr ’88
  • Christopher R. Colapietro ’99
  • Thomas P. D’Arcy ’83
  • Kathryn R. Duvall ‘05
  • Michael P. Evans ’91
  • Richard H. Forde ’75, Trustee
  • Tatum E. Fraites ‘09
  • Marjorie Northrop Friedman ’95, Trustee
  • Wendy S. Graham ‘89
  • Alan M. Green ’75
  • Sharon Hartnett Hall ‘91
  • Ralph H. Hinckley Jr. ’93
  • Seth S. Holbrook ’79
  • Julia D. Judson-Rea ’04
  • Elliott B. Linsley ‘05
  • Steven C. Moore ‘91
  • Gregory J. Mulready ’91
  • Corey L. Norton ’97
  • Julintip P. Thirasilpa ‘99
  • Jason C. Verner ’95
  • Nathaniel Y. Walton ‘08
  • Brian H. Wells ’97
  • Monika A. Wirtz ‘94

If you would like to have a conversation about Mount David Society programs and membership, please contact mtdavidsociety@bates.edu or Emily Muther at 207-755-5994 or emuther@bates.edu.