Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a gift to Bates. Find the option that works best for you.


Cash, Credit and Matching Gifts

Checks should be made payable to Bates College and mailed to:

Office of College Advancement
Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240-6028

Bates accepts payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. To make a credit card gift, you may visit bates.edu/give or call toll-free 1-888-522-8371.

Double Your Impact: Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to support their colleges and universities. Most companies match dollar for dollar, but some will double or triple an employee’s gift.

You can search to see if your current employer, your spouse’s employer or the company from which you retired has a matching gift program. If your gift is eligible, please request a matching gift form from your employer or spouse’s employer and send it, completed and signed, with your gift to:

Office of Advancement
Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240


Bates Beacons Recurring Giving Program

The Bates Beacons recurring giving program allows you to divide your Bates Fund gift into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your credit card or checking account. What’s more, you can continue to direct your Bates Fund gift to the Bates programs that mean the most to you!

Make your recurring gift at bates.edu/give and select “Become a Bates Beacon,” or call us at 1-888-522-8371.


Multi-Year Pledges

Pledges allow you to make a commitment to be paid over a period of time (usually not more than three years) based on an agreed-upon payment schedule. The college sends pledge reminders periodically. If you’d like more information on making a pledge to The Bates Fund or other priorities or initiatives, please call 1-888-522-8371.


Gifts of Securities, Mutual Fund & Stock Shares

Gifts of long-term appreciated securities and mutual fund shares may be deducted on your tax statement at fair market value on the date of the transfer to the college. To learn more, contact Sue Michel at 207-786-6248 or smichel@bates.edu. We also have more information about gifting securities, mutual funds or stocks to Bates.


Life Income Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities, Pooled Funds and Charitable Trusts allow donors to retain an income interest in their gifts while supporting the college at a level greater than might otherwise be possible. Benefits usually include increased annual income, income- and estate-tax deductions and avoidance of capital gain. More information is available on our Gift Planning website. For a personalized scenario, please contact Susan Dunning (207-786-6246 or sdunning@bates.edu) or Jennifer Foley (207-785-6242 or jfoley@bates.edu).


Bequests

Because Bates lives on and will educate future generations of students for leadership and service, a wonderful way for every alum to be part of the college’s ongoing mission is to include Bates in your will or retirement plan. For information or sample language (PDF) for your will, please contact Susan Dunning (207-786-6246 or sdunning@bates.edu) or Jennifer Foley (207-785-6242 or jfoley@bates.edu).


Leadership Giving

Gifts to establish permanent, endowed funds that support student financial aid, academic programs, faculty positions, and information technology, and gifts for capital purposes such as construction, renovation, new curricular and extra-curricular programming are crucial to the College’s immediate success and long-term growth. These opportunities to support Bates represent meaningful investments in the Bates experience and in the financial well-being of the College — making a difference in the lives of Bates students today and for generations to come.


Gift and Estate Planning

Careful and creative gift and estate planning can maximize the impact of your philanthropy through the development of an individualized approach that complements your financial, tax, and estate situation.  You can make a lasting impact on Bates — supporting our students and programs far into the future — while also meeting your family and financial goals.


Bates is recognized as a non-profit institution (PDF) under the terms of section 101(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1939, which corresponds to section 501(c)(3) of the 1954 Code. Our tax id number is: 01-0211781.

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