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, and new curricular and extracurricular 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 Opportunities

Russell Street Track & Field Complex Renovation

The Russell Street Track & Field Complex is home to the Soccer, Lacrosse, and Track & Field programs, with several upgrades in the works, including a new turf field, lights, a scoreboard, and more.

Bates Athletics Endowments

In the ever-evolving realm of college athletics, team endowments provide consistent resources crucial to offering a competitive and equitable student-athlete experience.

From left, Associate Professor of Economics Nathan Tefft meets with his Purposeful Work interns Fan Dong ’17 of Beijing and Michael Varner ’17 of Chelsea, Mich, in the offices of Looking Glass Investments in the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. Tefft is executive vice president and chief economist for LGI, a firm that invests in peer-to-peer lending. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Center for Purposeful Work Programming

Purposeful Work helps students discover the joy and power that arise from aligning who they are with what they do. With the four-year developmental approach to working with students, the programs offered by Purposeful Work are integral to their success in life after graduation.

Afro-Cuban Hiphop artist Pablo D. Herrera Veitia led a workshop yesterday titled “Let's Talk About Cultural Production, Frankly” with Bates students in Olin Arts Center 128. . Herrera Veitia has managed urban musicians and music-related projects in Cuba for more than 20 years. He is considered Cuba's most influential beat-maker and a pioneer of the Cuban Hiphop sound, which is highly influenced by Afro-Cuban music and culture. He is a 2018-19 Nasir Jones Fellow Hutchins Center for African African American Research, Harvard University, and a doctoral candidate in social anthropology, University of St Andrews, Scotland. . During the workshop, Herrera Veitia discussed how he has engaged in cultural production in and outside of Cuba and asked students to consider “What motivates us to be cultural producers?” The participants broke into small groups to propose hypothetical cultural productions and the roles they might play in them. He then asked the each student to share their individual identities — their passions — as cultural producers. Cultural production, he pointed out, can be — but is not exclusively —music or theater or film. ”As active citizens, we’re all doing culture in our own way,” he said. . Herrera Veitia will offer the same workshop on Thursday, Feb 28 at 4:15pm in Olin 128. and Friday, March 1 at 4:15 in a TBD location. For more information, call 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu. His visit to Bates was sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Music, and an NEH Learning Associates Grant.

Center for Inclusive Teaching & Learning Programming

Grounded in Bates’ commitment to rigorous scholarship and dedicated to maximizing the transformative power of our differences, the CITL helps our faculty grow and develop as educators at the forefront of their profession. 

The opportunities to support Bates at the leadership giving level are nearly endless. Our team would be happy to explore additional programs, named spaces, and more with you. Please contact Cary Gemmer Blake ’07, Director of Leadership Giving, to start the process. You can also explore our Parent Leadership Giving opportunities here.