The Bates Fund
“I say this with so much gratitude and aloha, thank you for allowing me to follow my dreams.”—Anna Marie ’23, Honolulu, HI
- 43% of students received Bates financial aid in 2019-2020
- $37 million: total amount Bates awarded in grants in 2019-2020
- $47,069: average need-based grant in 2019-2020
- 100% of financial need met – for all four years
- $13,552: average federal student loan debt for Bates students who graduated in 2019 – less than half the national average
“Without financial aid, I would definitely not have the opportunity to attend an incredible place like Bates. I think college is about much more than just an education, and Bates is able to provide that to me and so many other students.”—Nick ’20, Lake Oswego, OR
Bates’ COVID-19 Response
The COVID-19 pandemic has "given us a real sense of urgency to stay connected."—Nick '20 and Lila '20
Bates’ COVID-19 Response
- Gifts to the COVID-19 Fund helped us offset this spring’s unexpected expenses, including travel assistance for our highest-need students and work-study supplements for aided students.
- Within ten days of students’ departure from campus, faculty transitioned to a remote teaching and learning environment.
- We invested in technology to support remote learning, including: a VPN upgrade to allow students access to specialized software, Zoom Pro licenses, webcams for faculty and staff, and equipment like video transmission cameras to prepare classrooms for fall term.
“These are some of the toughest goodbyes we’ve ever had to make. But it’s taught us to hold each other close, and given us a real sense of urgency to stay connected.”—Nick ’20 and Lila ’20, writing to BatesNews
“The number one thing that hasn’t changed is that we care about each other, quite deeply. We’re a community.”—Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work
“One thing that hasn’t changed is the joy of thinking alongside the students.”—Prof. Joshua Rubin
- 150 faculty worked with students on research projects in 2019-2020. Faculty members received recognition and grant support for their work on diversity in children’s books, the synthesis of new molecules with pharmaceutical promise, open educational resources, cyanobacteria growth in lakes, and the creation of a visual database to support the study human behavior, among many other topics.
- 61 students conducted research this summer, almost all of them remotely, while another 13 pursued remote or in-person environmental internships with agencies around the United States. Student research focused on a wide range of topics, from disease to comparative literature to immigration studies.
- Bates looks to invigorate our STEM program by building the Bonney Science Center, which opens in Fall 2021. In fiscal year 2020, six families made special gifts to support research labs, work spaces, and areas designed to promote study and interaction in our STEM facilities.
- Bates was the #1 producer of Fulbright student award recipients among U.S. liberal arts colleges in 2019-2020, and 10 students and young alumni were recently offered Fulbright Awards for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Organic Chemistry was the most exciting course I have ever taken at Bates. It means everything when you take a course being taught by someone who lives and loves what he teaches.” —Munashe ‘21
Teammates "challenge me to be a better student, a better teammate, and a better human."—Kaley '22
- 2,554 donors made a gift as part of the FBA Giving Challenge in May.
- 645 students (33%) played on 31 varsity athletic teams.
- 421 students (22%) participated in club sports, across 13 teams.
- 22 varsity athletes were awarded a combined total of 34 All-America honors.
- We cheered the Bobcats to victory as the football team pulled off the biggest comeback win for the program since 1969, and a team-record 11 student-athletes from the Bates women’s swim team qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.
“For so many student-athletes, their positive experiences at Bates are clearly tied to their identity as members of their respective athletic teams, which play an important role in promoting respect and inclusion while working to build community amongst our students.”—Jason Fein, Director of Athletics
"Bates prepared us with the tools to take on the world and this Purposeful Work internship showed that."—Jason '20
- 72% of students (1,481 students) participated in Purposeful Work programming in 2019-20, including internships, infusion classes, job shadows, and advising appointments.
- 93% of the Class of 2020 had at least one Purposeful Work experience during their time at Bates.
- 999 students enrolled in the 66 different Purposeful Work Infusion courses offered during the 2019-2020 academic year.
- 108 Bates students were awarded funding for Purposeful Work Internships—both in-person and virtual—in summer 2020. Read more at BatesNews.
- Purposeful Work offered internship funding to graduating seniors for the first time, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This senior cohort made up 25% of the internship funding recipients.
“If there was ever a time that a liberal arts education was needed, it’s now. Bates prepared us with the tools to take on the world and this Purposeful Work internship showed that.”—Jason ’20
“We can really engage with students one by one—what is the opportunity they’re looking for; what are their strengths, interests, and values; and how can we align those with the world of work?”—Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean, Purposeful Work
Your gifts help ensure Bates' financial sustainability in perpetuity
- Since 2015, we have raised $95 million toward the Bates Campaign’s goal of adding $160 million to the endowment. By growing the endowment, we are working to secure in perpetuity financial support for Bates’ strategic priorities and ongoing operations.
- Bates’ endowment value has grown by 31% in the last three years, and 25% over the last five years–and this growth has been further augmented by increased giving.
“Endowments are meant to provide a revenue stream to the college in perpetuity, so that future generations of students have access to a Bates education equivalent in scope and quality to the experience of today’s students.”—President Clayton Spencer
Your gift to the college’s annual fund, known as the Bates Fund, provides an immediate and direct impact on students and faculty by supporting all aspects of the Bates experience.
The Impact of Your Giving
“Truly transformative experiences are rare, yet providing them is Bates’ mission. …your generosity is important for continuing this legacy.” — Shannon Griffin ’16
Your gift to the Bates Fund is a gift to your Bates mentors and professors, as well as a gift to students experiencing Bates at this very moment. It is a vote of confidence in Bates and an investment in its future. Help us ensure that the fundamental aspects of a Bates education remain accessible to the most deserving students, regardless of financial resources. Bates depends on you.
Every gift is transformational and enables the college to enhance the educational experience of students every day. By giving to the Bates Fund, you provide the next generation with:
- a best-in-class liberal arts experience spanning academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs
- funded internships and student-faculty research opportunities
- access to a global community of supportive alumni, forming a large and ever-growing Bates family
- generous financial aid (more than $35,000 per student on average) for 48 percent of Bates students
- a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with top-in-their-field faculty members
- technology resources to enhance the experience of students and faculty on our campus
Fiscal Year 2020-21 Goals
The college’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Our FY21 Bates Fund goals include:
$7M in gifts from alumni, parents, and friends
40% alumni participation
The Bates Fund, including gifts to Friends of Bates Athletics, is a critical measure of Bobcat pride.
The Bates Fund has grown by 12.4 percent in the past five years thanks to incredible engagement and generosity from alumni, parents, and friends.
To make a gift, go to bates.edu/give; call us toll-free at 888-522-8371; or send your check payable to Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240. The Bates Fund year closes June 30.