Gifts and Bequests
As an independent, coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences, Bates College relies on the generosity of public-spirited men and women for substantial support.
The College offers a variety of opportunities for giving through the Bates Fund or through restricted gifts, and federal and most state tax laws provide certain tax advantages for donors to colleges and universities. Gifts of cash, securities, real estate, or other valuable property can be given in ways to take maximum advantage of charitable-deduction tax provisions.
Gifts establishing endowed funds can be named to honor a professor, a family member, or the donor; named endowed funds begin with gifts of $100,000. Careful planning with College officials can maximize gift benefits for both the donor and Bates, especially when a specific purpose for the fund is intended, or when financial and estate planning is involved.
Traditionally, bequests to the College have been a significant source of its voluntary financial support. The following are phrases that an attorney might use to make provision for Bates College in a will:
I give and bequeath to the President and Trustees of Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, the sum of _______________ dollars to be used for the general purposes of the College at the discretion of its Board of Trustees.
General Endowment Gift — Income Only To Be Used
...the sum of _______________ dollars to be held in trust and the spendable income only to be used for the general purposes of the College at the discretion of its Board of Trustees. The fund shall be known as the _______________ Fund.
For Particular Purposes — Principal and Income To Be Used
...the sum of _______________ dollars and direct that the principal and the income therefrom shall be used for the purposes following: (here specify in detail the purposes).
For Particular Endowment Purposes — Income Only To Be Used
...the sum of _______________ dollars to be held in trust and the net income only to be used for the following: (here specify in detail the purposes). The fund shall be known as the _______________ Fund.
When a gift is intended to establish an endowed memorial fund, a sentence may be added to the form: "This gift is made in memory of ______________ and shall be known as the _______________ Fund."
A phrase similar to the following may be a safeguard against loss of usefulness of a restricted gift: "If it is found by the Trustees of the College that all or part of this gift cannot be used to the best advantage for the above purpose, then all or any balance of this gift not so expended may be used for any purpose approved by said Trustees which is within the corporate powers of the College."
The legal name of the corporation is "President and Trustees of Bates College." Bates College welcomes an opportunity to offer detailed information on the different methods of making a deferred gift by agreement or by Will. It extends a cordial invitation to anyone to join in the strong commitment to its academic purpose. Inquiries regarding deferred gifts or bequests should be addressed to Elizabeth Limerick, Office of College Advancement, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 04240 (207-786-6249).