The Mount David Society

The Mount David Society recognizes Bates Fund donors who put the college first in their annual philanthropy by making a gift of $2,500 or more. These individuals lead the way in supporting Bates by making significant, unrestricted current-use gifts each year — gifts that underpin the college’s ability to sustain excellence. Mount David Society members provide nearly 80 percent of the Bates Fund total each year and make a tremendous impact on the campus each day. Since the Mount David Society was founded in 2004, cumulative MDS giving has increased from $2.2 million to over $5 million annually — thanks to donors who have chosen to invest in student success and strengthening Bates!

Mount David Society Giving Levels and Benefits

+Annual gifts of $2,500 or more


In recognition of this generous commitment, the college expresses its gratitude by offering:

  • Special opportunities to meet and network with MDS members and Bates leaders on campus and at regional gatherings.
+Annual gifts of $5,000 or more

MDS Cornerstone Circle

In addition to benefits offered to members of the Mount David Society, Cornerstone Circle donors also receive:

  • An invitation to participate in biannual conference calls with senior campus leaders.
+Annual gifts of $10,000, $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000 or more

MDS President’s Circle — Annual gifts of $10,000 or more
MDS Sustainers Circle — Annual gifts of $25,000 or more
MDS Benefactors Circle — Annual gifts of $50,000 or more
MDS Founders Circle — Annual gifts of $100,000 or more

Donors at these levels place the college at the top of their philanthropic priorities. Their generosity helps ensure that Bates is at the forefront of the nation’s liberal arts colleges today, and moving forward. In addition to the benefits listed above, donors at these higher levels receive:

  • A copy of a book or selected academic reading chosen by President Spencer at the start of each academic year.
  • An invitation to join an annual teleconference to hear insider updates on college priorities from President Clayton Spencer.
  • The option to designate the gift to the MDS Scholars Program and receive a personalized thank you from a student who receives scholarship aid.
+MDS Young Alumni Membership

Bates recognizes that young alumni are at the beginning of their philanthropic relationship with the college. That’s why members of the most recent 14 classes are able to join the Mount David Society at a reduced rate and receive recognition for their leadership-level giving.

Class Amount
1 to 4 years out (Classes of 2015 to 2018)  $100+
5 years out (Class of 2014, 5th Reunion) $500+
6 to 9 years out (Classes of 2010 to 2013) $500+
10 years out (Class of 2009, 10th Reunion) $1,000+
11 to 14 years out (Classes of 2005 to 2008) $1,000+
15 years out (Class of 2004, 15th Reunion) $2,500+

pam-johnson-headshot“Our collective giving sends a powerful signal that Bates has alumni and parents committed to its historic mission of intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, and social justice. I know that my Bates experience was richer for the diversity of student voices. I heard classmates speak from points of view that I had never even heard of before, and I am proud to provide financial support to ensure that many different voices continue to be part of the Bates education.

As a member of the Mount David Society, I stay connected to Bates supporters who share my enthusiasm for the college and the world around us. We all have a passion for lifelong learning, even as our particular fields of interest vary. MDS allows me to hear firsthand from these leaders and current students who shape today’s Bates experience.”

– Pamela Batchelder Johnson ’91, Mount David Society Member


“My wife, Deborah Verner ’95, and I feel a deep connection to Bates and have made the college our top philanthropic priority. The college made a huge impact on who we are and where we are today, and our gifts celebrate this incredible bond to the college.

We see how our MDS gift makes an impact every time we return to campus and interact with the student body. I am thrilled by how many incoming and current students have fallen in love with Bates and describe the college in ways that echo the exact reasons I originally came here many years ago. Bates has maintained its core spirit and mission over the years — and this fosters a deeper connection with its alumni.”

– Jason C. Verner ’95, Mount David Society Member