50th Reunion Giving
The 50th anniversary of your graduation from Bowdoin is a time to become reacquainted with the College, renew friendships, and celebrate the Bowdoin family. As you return to campus for your class reunion, we hope you will consider how your reunion gift can help make the Bowdoin experience as unique and meaningful for today’s students as it was for you. Please visit the Gift Planning web site for more information.
Office of 50th Reunion Giving
4100 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8432
Jennifer Crane '05
207-798-4103 | email@example.com
207-798-4232 | firstname.lastname@example.org
50th Reunion Giving is a special component of Bowdoin’s development efforts that seeks increased support from 50th Reunion classes. To commemorate this milestone, class members are asked to make a meaningful gift that dovetails personal philanthropic goals with the College’s priorities. Gift crediting for the 50th Reunion gift is broadened beyond that of other reunion years, encompassing both current gifts designated for operational and capital purposes and future gifts established through estate plan provisions and other vehicles. In addition, a multi-year time frame for giving allows the 50th Reunion class to make an important impact on current academic and student life programs while also strengthening the foundation for Bowdoin’s future.
The 50th Reunion Gift creates a unique opportunity for you individually and with your class to create a lasting legacy that reflects how Bowdoin has shaped and enriched your life. We hope you will consider your 50th Reunion Gift as a significant component of your philanthropic planning.
Bowdoin depends upon the generosity and spirit of each 50th Reunion class to sustain the College’s commitment to educate future leaders in all walks of life. Your gift will have an important and far-reaching impact. Everyone in your class will be encouraged to participate in the 50th Reunion Gift. Levels of support vary from person to person, but your class volunteers will ask for a “stretch” gift from every classmate. In addition to supporting the current operations of the College through the Alumni Fund, you will be asked to consider a meaningful capital gift within the 50th Reunion Giving timeframe and/or through your estate plans. Class volunteers and Bowdoin staff are available to help you explore creative ways to structure your gift to best meet your family, financial and philanthropic goals.
The 50th Reunion Gift is comprised of two separate components: current gifts which provide support to the College today and future gifts which will provide support in years to come. Please consider making a gift in both categories in honor of your 50th Reunion.
The timeframe for current gifts spans nine years, beginning July 1st following your 45th Reunion and continuing until June 30th of your 50th Reunion year. Pledges for gifts that will be fulfilled within the four years following your 50th Reunion are also included. Current gifts include the following:
- Alumni Fund gifts and pledges
- Polar Bear Athletic Fund gifts and pledges
- Capital gifts or pledges of cash, securities, mutual funds or other liquid assets
- Life income gifts established or pledged, including:
- Charitable Gift Annuities (minimum gift $10,000)Charitable remainder trusts (minimum gift of $100,000 if Bowdoin is to serve as trustee) where Bowdoin’s remainder interest is irrevocable
- Distributions or grants from charitable lead trusts, donor advised funds or family foundations
- Estate plan gifts received by June 30th of the 50th Reunion year
- Gifts of tangible personal property, real estate, life insurance policies or other non-liquid assets Employer matching gifts
Provisions creating future gifts to the College must be established and documented by June 30th of your 50th Reunion year. Future gifts include the following:
- Specific or residuary bequests in a will or living trust
- Beneficiary designations for retirement accounts, bank accounts, annuities and life insurance policies
- Revocable remainder interests in a charitable or traditional trust or a donor advised fund
- Gifts pledged on behalf of an employee by an employer’s charitable giving program
For current gifts, Bowdoin accepts cash, checks, credit cards and transfers of securities. Credit card gifts may be made by mail, by calling the toll-free gift line (1-888-385-2254), or by making a gift online: www.bowdoin.edu/makeagift.
For information on making a gift of securities, please call the Office of 50th Reunion Giving at 207-725-3686.
Bowdoin can also help you establish a current or future gift to support the College. Life income gift vehicles including charitable gift annuities, pooled income funds and charitable trusts provide both income for you (or your chosen beneficiaries) and a gift to the College. Unusual assets including personal property, business interests or inventory, or real estate can be used to support Bowdoin. A provision in your estate plan such as a bequest or a beneficiary designation can also be a part of your 50th Reunion Gift. We will gladly work individually with you to determine the best way to structure a planned gift to achieve your personal financial and tax planning objectives as well as your family and philanthropic goals.
Please contact the Office of 50th Reunion Giving if you would like to learn more about planned gift opportunities.
- View and print the 50th Reunion Gift and Pledge Form.
Many companies will match employee contributions, in some cases doubling or even tripling your gift. If you are associated with a matching gift company, please obtain a matching gift form from your human resources department and send the completed form to Bowdoin with your gift.