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What will be your legacy?

When you plan a future gift to Bates, you extend the promise of the college’s mission – Amore ac Studio and “the emancipating potential of the liberal arts” – to the next generations of Bates students. Indeed, you ensure that Bates is “a college for coming times.”

With thoughtful planning, you can meet your family, financial, retirement, and estate planning goals while also maximizing the impact of your philanthropy to Bates. And your planned gift – no matter the size – can contribute to a legacy that ensures a creative and rigorous education for generations to come.

Explore our website to discover the many ways you can make Bates’ future part of your legacy.

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The Phillips Society honors alumni, parents and friends who have provided legacy gifts to Bates through an estate plan or other financial arrangement.


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Start Here

Start Here

There are many planned gifts that won’t affect your existing financial resources, but will have a significant impact on Bates College. Give to the institution you care so much about, while maintaining control and flexibility. 

Gifts by Will

Gift by Will

A bequest is a gift provision in your will or revocable living trust. All assets, including cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property, may be transferred to Bates College at the end of your life.

Phillips Society

Phillips Society

Inaugurated in 1998, the Phillips Society honors the landmark $9-million endowment bequest of Bates’ fourth president, Charles F. Phillips, and his wife, Evelyn Minard Phillips. 

Inspiring Stories

Inspiring Stories

Each and every day donors to Bates are contributing to our mission and helping our institution make a lasting impact on students' lives. Read some of their stories...