Goal: $594 Million
The largest and most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the history of Bard College—the 150th Anniversary Campaign—was launched during Commencement and Alumni/ae Weekend in May 2010. At the ceremonies that year, President Leon Botstein announced a campaign goal of $594,350,000 to sustain Bard's leadership as a liberal arts institution. To date, $424,525,614
has been raised, with great support from College trustees and volunteer leaders, including $872,462 to endow scholarships from the Board of Governors of the Bard–St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association.
Strengthening the Endowment
Bard College, known for its small class size, commitment to academic excellence, and preservation of the value of arts and culture in a democratic society, is uniquely positioned to substantially improve its standing as a world-class liberal arts college. The decade ahead will see a widening gap between wealthy and nonwealthy institutions of higher education. Now is the time to ensure that funds are available to continue current programs and build for the future. VIEW MORE >>
Renovation and Construction
As a residential college, Bard provides an exquisite campus setting in which students pursue academic interests and craft a rich social life. Bard's parklike campus, the fusion of two historic estates, covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Bard comprises approximately 80 buildings, including 49 residence halls serving almost 1,500 students. Many of these facilities have not kept pace with Bard's remarkable achievements. Bard's facilities require updating and expansion to help support the College's mission.
Annual Giving at Bard
Bard College, having achieved more than three decades of balanced operating budgets, is a financially stable and economically sound institution. But tuition, fees, and room and board provide only about 66 percent of the operating budget each year.
The Annual Fund—unrestricted gifts that support the day-to-day advancement of the College's mission—helps bridge the revenue gap. These funds provide such essentials as library resources, computers, and financial aid. An enhanced Annual Fund helps Bard remain competitive in terms of student and faculty recruitment. Unrestricted funds allow Bard's academic programs to make timely enhancements for students and faculty when the opportunity presents itself. The Annual Fund also helps the College maintain its physical plant. Over the course of the 150th Anniversary Campaign, contributions raised for current operations through the Annual Fund will continue to be an urgent priority.
A Vision for the Future
Education requires a community of scholars and learners engaged collectively in real space and time. Bard College, precisely because it is small in size, committed to the individual student, and eager to innovate, can serve this interest. Bard:
- represents continuity with the undergraduate liberal arts tradition
- is international in scope
- moves beyond the model of the freestanding college with pathbreaking innovations in graduate education and collaborations with museums, universities, research institutions, and arts organizations
- broadens its mission by addressing the issue of how to better educate students below the traditional college age
- invests in public policy ranging from education to the environment to economics
Though the challenges ahead are great, so too is the opportunity. Together we have the chance to make a significant change in the history of Bard College with a vision of the future that is ambitious, transformative, and achievable. Please participate in this journey and support the 150th Anniversary Campaign for Bard College.