Parents Leadership Giving

The Mount David Society represents a group of Bates parents who have chosen to make leadership gifts that are commensurate with their passion for the college and their philanthropic capacity. Contributions from MDS members make an immediate impact on students by directly supporting priorities of The Bates Campaign, which include Driving Academic Excellence, Investing in Opportunity, Catalyzing Student Success, and Building Financial Sustainability.

I am pleased to report that in 2016–17, 175 MDS member families collectively raised $1.14 million of last year’s $1.4 million in total Parents Fund giving.

As chair of the Parents Fund, I invite you to join me in making the college a philanthropic priority in this first public year of The Bates Campaign. Whether you can make a commitment at the MDS level or above, your leadership gifts will have a meaningful impact on your child’s education and are vital to ensuring that we build a strong future for our students and for Bates.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Jeanmarie Hester Cooper ’85, P’19
Chair, Parents Fund

Parent Leadership Giving Levels and Benefits

+Annual gifts of $10,000, $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000 or more


Founders Circle — Annual gifts of $100,000 or more
Benefactors Circle — Annual gifts of $50,000 or more
Sustainers Circle — Annual gifts of $25,000 or more
President’s Circle — Annual gifts of $10,000 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 benefits offered to members of the Mount David Society and Parents Leadership Circle, donors at these higher levels receive:

  • A copy of a book or selected academic reading chosen by President Clayton Spencer at the start of each academic year.
  • An invitation to join an annual teleconference with President Clayton Spencer.
  • The option to designate the gift to the MDS Scholars Program and receive correspondence from a student who receives scholarship aid.
+Annual gifts of $5,000 or more

Parents Leadership Circle

In addition to the above:

  • An invitation to participate in biannual conference calls with senior campus leaders
+Annual gifts of $2,500 or more

Mount David Society

In recognition of our most generous donors, Bates acknowledges leadership giving through:

  • Special opportunities to meet and network at regional gatherings and on-campus events.
  • Recognition in annual Report of Giving.

If you would like to have a conversation about Parents Leadership Giving programs and membership, please contact Penney Ward, assistant director of parent giving and engagement, at or 207-755-5977.