From Here: The Campaign for Bowdoin

Bowdoin Announces Sequel to First Promise Challenge

A group of trustees has anonymously created an exciting new financial aid challenge for the College, contributing $5 million in matching funds for financial aid to encourage others to support this core campaign priority.

The challenge begins now and focuses on endowed scholarship funds.

Donors who establish a new endowed fund for financial aid with a gift of $100,000 will receive a $100,000 match for the fund.

In addition, donors with existing named scholarship funds will qualify for the match with a new commitment of $100,000.

For alumni in the ten youngest classes, a $50,000 endowment gift unlocks a $50,000 match.

The goal is to inspire fifty new gifts and trigger the full $5 million match.

The Bowdoin community overwhelmingly supported a similar initiative, the successful First Promise Challenge in 2021, which provided a $5 million match for fifty endowment gifts.

To date, generous donors have given and pledged nearly $150 million toward the $200 million campaign goal for financial aid.

Financial aid is the linchpin of the campaign’s core promise of access for current and future generations of Bowdoin students.

For more information about the challenge, contact Michael Archibald, vice president for development and alumni relations, at 207-725-3670 or, or your contact in the development and alumni relations office.