What is the Alumni Fund?

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The Alumni Fund impacts the Bowdoin experience every day. Composed of annual gifts from alumni designated for current use, the Alumni Fund augments and supports the lives of every student on campus. During fiscal year 2016 alone, an impressive 56% of alumni raised over $8.8 million – a remarkable investment in today’s exceptional students and faculty.

How Does Bowdoin Use the Funds?

The Alumni Fund bolsters all areas of Bowdoin’s annual operating budget. One clear example of your gift at work?  Gifts to the Alumni Fund comprise $2,402 of the average $40,025 grant received by nearly half of Bowdoin students. Your gift to the Alumni Fund ensures that a Bowdoin education remains accessible to the most talented students in the world.

Direct Your Gift

Unrestricted gifts to the Alumni Fund allow Bowdoin to most effectively underwrite teaching and learning. But if one aspect of the Bowdoin experience is especially important to you, we invite you to designate your gift to that area.

Financial Aid

Support current spending for scholarship grants, which are provided to nearly half of current students. 


Support faculty-student research, faculty enhancement, the Libraries, and Information Technology.

Student Life

Support student activities, clubs, service trips, and the Center for the Common Good. 

Arts & Culture

Support the Museum of Art, Arctic Museum, dance performances, concerts, and lectures.

Environmental Stewardship

Support research and extracurricular educational programming for green initiatives and upgrades to campus facilities.