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The vast majority of gifts to Bowdoin are made by check using a reply envelope provided by the College in a written appeal. These envelopes may be used at any time, and for any gift. Please note, either on your check or in an enclosed letter, how you would like to direct your gift (Alumni Fund, special project, etc.) and any other special instructions you might have.
If you do not have a College reply envelope, please use the following address for all contributions by check:
4100 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8432
All gifts by check or cash will be acknowledged promptly, and donors will be provided with a gift receipt for tax purposes.
For reasons of security, Bowdoin does not recommend sending cash contributions through the mail.
Gifts of Stock
Gifts of appreciated securities typically carry benefits not associated with gifts made by check, cash, or credit card:
- You avoid capital gains tax. Any gain is taxable if you sell stock or mutual fund shares yourself, but not if you transfer ownership to Bowdoin.
- Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full fair market value of the shares on the date the gift is made.
- Your receive credit from Bowdoin for the full fair market value of the shares, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.
If you are considering a gift of physical stock certificates, direct registration shares, closely-held stock, stocks held on a foreign exchange, or mutual funds, the usual methods of giving stock do not apply. Please contact Julia White at 207-725-3246.
Credit card gifts may be made by phone by calling the toll-free gift line at 1-888-385-2254.