Update on the Bates Fund
Bates’ monthly newsletter for fundraising volunteers
We’re In! Are You?
During a time of unprecedented momentum at Bates, a small group of anonymous alumni leaders have brought forth a special challenge to the Bates alumni community. Recognizing the critical importance of alumni participation, the donors will give the Bates Fund $500,000 if at least 50% of alumni make a gift during the current 2011-12 fiscal year. Gifts of any size made by alumni to any designation between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 count toward the goal.
For challenge information and talking points, visit the Bates Fund Volunteer Center. As a Bates Fund volunteer, we know that you’re already in. Thank you for spreading the word to alumni about this compelling opportunity. Help us hit 50% and get $500,000 for Bates!
Where We Stand
With fewer than four months left in the Fund year, these figures now reflect only gifts, versus commitments. (Commitments reflect gifts and unpaid pledges.)
Our sincere thanks to everyone who has already made their commitment to the Bates Fund this year. As Bates Fund volunteers, making your gift or pledge early in the year helps you ask your peers to make their gift with confidence! Remember that pledges can be paid through June 30. We are currently at 76% participation for all volunteer groups.
Attention Bobcats of the Last Decade: The Race is ON!
Class Giving News
The New England Volunteers event in Boston on February 9th was a huge success, and similar events are now being planned for Washington, DC (April 25th) and New York City (tentatively 4/11). Connect with other Bates Fund volunteers, share ideas and hear about best practices, get help with the online tool (aka Garnet Gateway Fundraising system), and hear the latest from campus. Contact Steve Mortimer for more information.
Insiders’ Call Summary
On Wednesday, February 29, Bates Fund co-chairs Sarah Pearson ’75 and Bill Carey ’82, P’13, P’14 hosted a Bates Fund Volunteers Insiders’ Call with about 60 volunteers. President Nancy J. Cable shared exciting news from campus and the alumni participation challenge was announced. Click to read:
Matching Gifts Heads-Up
Don’t forget to ask about corporate matching gifts in your conversations with donors. This is a great way to significantly increase gifts and help Bates do more good work. Sending matching gifts to Bates is easy, but it requires the donor to take the first step. Please encourage interested donors to visit their employer’s Human Resources department to ask if the company matches charitable contributions and obtain the necessary forms.
During the past few months, the number of Class Agents has almost doubled the number of agents and plans call for continued growth. Whereas some of our peer schools have 10-20 agents per class, Bates’ average is less than five. This means that the vast majority of alumni are not contacted by a classmate, which is the most effective way of raising money. Please help us by talking to friends who might be interested in becoming a Class Agent, and by passing along names of potential agents for us to contact.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Currently, only 50% of all Class Agents have logged into the Garnet Gateway online tool, meaning that at least half of our agents have not begun contacting their classmates. Team, we need to pick up the pace and get going… there’s a lot at stake, and Bates is counting on us to get the job done! If you need help or have questions, please contact Steve Mortimer at 207-786-8372.
We are wrapping up Round 2 of solicitation calls and, thanks to your efforts, we made up some ground in February. That’s the good news! The not-so-good news is that we are still running behind our targets. We will be releasing names on your call lists to the student callers, but please continue to follow up with those on your list if you can–peer solicitations are always the most effective. This month, a solicitation letter to all parents will be sent out from our Parents Fund Co-chairs, so we hope to see some improvement in our numbers.
Stay tuned for news on a new format for our monthly conference calls. We will be inviting guest speakers from Bates to talk about their area of the college (anything from finance to food!). As a result of this change, we will shift the more detailed progress reports to a newsletter format. As always, all committee members are welcome to contact Cherry, Maria, or Erin directly with ideas and feedback. We hope this will be a welcome benefit for our dedicated committee members. Our next conference call (perhaps our last in the current format) is on Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m.
We are also planning a volunteer cultivation event on March 28 in NYC, targeting 2014 and 2015 parents, with the aim of recruiting more committee members from those classes. We hope those of you in the NYC area can attend!
BOLD (Bobcats Of the Last Decade)
The first round of standings are up on www.marchmania.org! Great job Bates Class of 2010 for having the most donations of any class from ALL of the participating schools!
Mount David Society Committee
On March 1, the MDS Committee launched into a one month calling blitz. All committee members have received solicitation assignments and are working hard to reach 100% completion by March 31. Thank you for your excellent outreach to our leadership donors!
Thank you, Reunion Gift Committees, for all of your hard work! Reunion Registration opened on March 1, so now is a great time to call your assignments to invite them to join the class giving effort. We need your help to involve as many classmates as possible! Reunion Volunteers: Stay tuned for more volunteer updates in the upcoming Reunion Volunteer newsletter.
Scenes from Bates
Bates Fund Volunteer Calendar
We’re here to help!
Christina Wellington Traister ’94
Leah Wiedmann Gailey ’97
Curt Lyford ’04
Steve Mortimer ’72
Please visit the site and let us know what you think. What else would be helpful? What’s not clear? etc. Send your ideas, thoughts, criticisms and questions to Steve Mortimer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get to the online tool, just go to the bottom right of any Bates.edu page and you will find a link to the Garnet Gateway (second column from the right, last item in the column) or go to http://www.bates.edu/garnet-gateway/. If you have forgotten your User ID or PIN, call (207-786-8222) or email (Helpdesk@bates.edu) the Bates Help Desk. Good news: in the not-too-distant future the “forgot my User ID / PIN” process will be automated.