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A Message from the President
2014–15 was a year of continued forward progress at Bates. A record number of students received Fulbrights. The women’s rowing team won the Division III NCAA national championship. Our debaters won top honors at U.S. and world championships. Bates faculty received national recognition for their research. Thank you for your investment in the success of our students and faculty. Together, alumni, parents, and friends contributed nearly $21.6 million last year — another record year of growth. Your support ensures that Bates can attract and enroll the best students, regardless of their financial circumstances, and provide them with a powerful liberal arts experience grounded in Bates’ distinctive history and values. Students are already realizing new opportunities through the Purposeful Work Initiative, ongoing curricular innovation, and expanding student-life programming — all supported by your commitment to Bates. Thank you for making the college a philanthropic priority.
— President Clayton Spencer
What You Supported
Students and faculty feel the impact of your gifts every day.
Gifts to the college from all sources totaled more than $21.6 million, a 35 percent increase over 2013-14.
How You Gave
Donors support the Bates mission in a variety of ways.
The Bates Fund, including gifts to Friends of Bates Athletics, provides vital support for academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs.