Parents Fund

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 consists of contributions by parents of current undergraduates and alumni to 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.

The impact of a contribution to the Bates Parents Fund is immeasurable, and it 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 2013-2014, the Bates Parents Fund reached an historic 40% participation! The goal for this year is $1.5 million (the fiscal year runs through June 30, 2015).


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. Learn more about becoming a Parents Fund Volunteer.