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Inspiring Stories

Our donors, and the beneficiaries of their generosity, have stories to share.

Read their inspiring stories below:

An Estate Gift That Continues to Provide Opportunities for the Next Generation

"There is no shortage of challenges in the world and it’s places like Bates that prepare people to take on those challenges.”
Ken Johnson

Investing in the Future with a Charitable Remainder Unitrust

“I’m forever indebted to Bates for allowing me to attend a small, liberal arts college. I am grateful for the financial support and happy to repay that debt from 50 years ago."
Judy Nicholson

Maximize the Benefits of Your Giving with Your IRA

“Giving back to Bates has always been important for me. Bates had a huge impact on my life, and I want the college to continue to provide a high quality education and ever-increasing opportunities to current and future students. "
Charles and Gretchen Shorter Davis

Transformational Connections

When Jerry Davis and Gretchen Shorter arrived in Lewiston, Maine in 1957, they did not realize the extent of the transformative connections they would experience at Bates.