Update on the Bates Fund
Bates College’s monthly newsletter for its fundraising volunteers.
Year in Review
Thanks to your outstanding work, 2010-11 was a record-breaking year for the Bates Fund. The college family achieved the ambitious goals of $5.5 million, 45% alumni participation, and 35% parent participation. And over the last two years, the Fund has increased by 28%, powered by significant increases in both alumni and parent participation. Read more here.
Figures now reflect only gifts in the door versus commitments (gifts and unpaid pledges)
Annual Giving Staffing Update
Annual Giving welcomes a number of new team members: Steve Mortimer ’72, Director of Class Giving; Hayley Anson ’06, Assistant Director-BOLD; Curt Lyford ’04, Associate Director-Reunion Fundraising; Leah Gailey ’97, Director of Mount David Society Giving; Erin Nelson, Director of Parent Giving; and Brad MacCachran, Bates Fund Gift Officer.
Announcing Irwin Flashman as Co-Chair of BFEC Class Agents
Irwin Flashman, ’65, has joined the Bates Fund Executive Committee (“BFEC”) as co-chair of the Class Agents program. Irwin will work closely with the BFEC and especially co-chair Kathy Overbye, the Decade Captains, and the entire team of Class Agents. He is a longtime supporter of Bates, most recently serving as Lead Agent for his class.
Student Calling Program Helps the Bates Fund Reach its Participation Goal!
During the academic year, students spanning all classes call alumni and parents to enlist their support of the Bates Fund. This past year they were led by former student calling supervisor, Nina Emmi ’10, who joined the Bates Fund last fall as the Annual Giving Coordinator. She begins FY12 as an Assistant Director of Annual Giving for the Student Calling and Senior Gift programs.
This program was essential to Bates’ achieving 45% participation in FY11. Students contacted over 6,500 alumni, most of whom would not otherwise have been contacted, and received 4,447 pledges and gifts…one in four gifts made to the Bates Fund!
Bates is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and passionate team of students, and with all of the underclassmen planning on helping in the new fiscal year, FY12 is shaping up to be another great year for Bates.
Bates Best 2011 Award Recipients
Bates’ Best awards are presented annually to alumni and/or parents who are dedicated to the engagement of the Bates community with the college, and who express a passion and commitment for advancing Bates’ mission. The 2011 Bates’ Best award recipients are:
Class of 2006 Establishes Nathan Dorpalen Scholarship
The class of 2006 worked together this past fiscal year to raise a $5,000 Named Scholarship in memory of their classmate, Nathan Dorpalen, who died last October. Nathan was an environmental studies major at Bates and an avid outdoorsman. Nate’s family attended the class of 2006’s 5th Reunion in June to thank the class for establishing the scholarship, and also participated in a 5K run the class organized in Nate’s memory. Nate’s family and classmates are now considering continuing the scholarship. The following is a thank you note from Leigh Michael ’12, recipient of the Nathan Dorpalen Class of 2006 Scholarship in 2011.
Class Agent Decade Captains Program Completes Inaugural Year
During fiscal year 2011, a new approach to the Class Agents program was introduced in order to better support the agents. Conceived by Bates Fund Executive Committee Class Agent co-Chairs Kathy Overbye and Steve Mortimer with the intent of improving communications, a Decade Captain was named for each of the decades from the Forties to the Nineties. The Decade Captains recruit, train, organize, coach and lead the Class Agents within their decade, sharing ideas, problem-solving, and otherwise collaborating. This first year was a learning experience, bumpy at times, and along with the Annual Giving team at Bates, a number of enhancements to the original concept have been identified and are being implemented for the current fiscal year (FY12). Bates acknowledges and sincerely thanks the Charter Members of the Decade Captains team for their hard work, patience, passion and enthusiasm:
Thank you for all that you do for the Bates Fund!
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Leah Gailey ’97
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Curt Lyford ’04
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