Giving to Bard: 150th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign
Donor support insures Bard’s unique place as a institution of excellence that serves as “a center for and a model of cultural creation, debate, service, and political exchange among citizens of the future, one that is dominated not by commerce and a narrow definition of utility, but by a love of learning.”*
For a century and a half, Bard College has been changing lives with discoveries that improve the world, with knowledge that enlightens and inspires, and with an educational environment that prepares students for lives of impact.
Launched in May 2010, the 150th Anniversary Campaign goal is to significantly strengthen Bard’s endowment, provide much-needed funds for capital projects, and support the annual operating budget for the five years of the Campaign. All gifts to the College made between May 2010 and the close of the Campaign help Bard reach the ambitious goal of $594 million dollars.
How to Make a Gift to Bard College
Making a charitable contribution to Bard College is easy. Gifts can be made via check or credit card. Bard also gladly accepts transfers of appreciated securities and real estate as part of its planned giving program. Contributions to Bard College, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please check with your financial advisor for specific information regarding the deductibility of your gift.
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The Annual Fund
Gifts to The Annual Fund go to work immediately
on campus in the current fiscal year.
The Annual Fund is critical in helping Bard to maintain its tradition of innovation and standard of academic excellence. Each year, the Annual Fund helps to provide more than $9,000,000 in student scholarships, pay faculty salaries, purchase new books for the library, and support the day-to-day operations of the College. The Annual Fund includes the Alumni/ae Fund and the Parents Fund. Donations made to the Annual Fund group of funds bridge the budgetary gap between tuition income and the cost of a Bard education for the current year. It enables Bard to provide financial aid to students when it would be unable to otherwise and is a critical component of the operation of the College.
Planned Giving: Join the John Bard Society
There is no more thoughtful investment in Bard’s future than a planned gift. The John Bard Society was established to recognize loyal alumni/ae, faculty, staff, and friends who have made provisions for Bard College – planned gifts – in their estate plans. Some include a bequest to Bard in their will, some contribute to Bard’s pooled income fund, and some establish a Charitable Gift Annuity with the College. Planned gifts have far-reaching effects that benefit today’s Bard students as well as those of tomorrow.