The Parents Fund

The Parents Fund is the annual fundraising effort conducted during the fiscal year July 1-June 30. Gifts to the Parents Fund support every aspect of a Bowdoin education. Unrestricted gifts in particular allow the College flexibility in applying resources to the areas of greatest need, or greatest opportunity, over the course of each year. Contributions to the Fund help meet current expenses for academic program support, library acquisitions, technology, athletics, career counseling and numerous other student-related programs.

We have had the pleasure to be involved with Bowdoin’s Parents Executive Committee since our son, Kyle ’18, began his college experience in Brunswick in the late summer of 2014. Just a year later, our daughter, Avery ’19, followed her brother to Maine. Now our youngest, Devon ’22, joins her siblings as a Polar Bear this fall. We deeply believe in giving back to Bowdoin, the school that provided our son an unmatched education and experience, and is currently doing the same for our daughters. It is an honor to chair the Parents Executive Committee and we hope you will join us in contributing to Parents Fund this year.

—JIM AND ROSE WOLFE P’18, ’19, ’22 – Parents Executive Committee Chairs



How to Make a Gift

  • Make an online gift to the Parents Fund or to the Senior Parents Gift Campaign
  • Call the toll free gift line 1.888.385.2254
  • Mail a check to the Office of Parent Giving, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8432
  • Call Kimberly Wing in the Office of Parent Giving at 1.207.798-4142 for information about making a gift of securities
  • Donors who work for matching gift companies should mail the employer's matching gift form to Office of Parent Giving, Bowdoin College, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8432. The College will complete the form and return it to the donor's employer

Parents 1794 Society

The 1794 Society recognizes individuals who contribute leadership gifts to the Parents Fund.

Recognition Level Annual Gift Total
President's Associates $100,000
Joseph McKeen Associates $50,000
Harriet Beecher Stowe Associates $25,000
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Associates $10,000
Kenneth C.M. Sills Associates $5,000
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Associates $2,500
Nathaniel Hawthorne Associates $1,000 and above