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Some of the most common ways to make a gift to Bates College are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card, or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to Bates. 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
  • You would like to make the gift to Bates that has the greatest immediate impact.

How it works
You make a gift of cash directly to Bates and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Bates College help to educate the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. It will provide Bates College with the resources to…

engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action; prepare leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world; stand firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom.


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What is an outright gift of cash?
An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to Bates College and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to Bates College.

Gift provides immediate support
Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that Bates can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings
You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 60% of your adjusted gross income, providing tax savings if you itemize. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash
Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to Bates College and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Ruth Lehman would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to Bates College. Ruth could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Ruth could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Ruth may deduct up to 60% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash, providing tax savings if she itemizes.
  • If Ruth itemizes deductions but cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years. 
  • Assuming Ruth itemizes deductions and can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,550 (37% tax).
  • Ruth will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to Bates.