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You have the power to make a lasting impact on Bowdoin College. With thoughtful planning, you can support our students and programs far into the future while also meeting your family and financial goals. Careful and creative gift planning maximizes the impact of your philanthropy – regardless of your means – by developing an individualized plan that fits with your financial, tax and estate planning situation. Please explore our website to discover the many ways you can make Bowdoin’s future part of your personal legacy.

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Janice and Ted were pleased that Bowdoin continues to select a significant number of applicants from Maine. Their funds will directly benefit students from Maine in need of financial assistance.
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I had the pleasure of vicariously enjoying Bowdoin a second time as I watched my son Matt and then future daughter-in-law Karla both receive Bowdoin educations and come to have the same feelings and commitments to the college. Through them, I was reminded of what the "Common Good" is all about, and my dream to give back to Bowdoin was strengthened.
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Financial aid made it possible for me to attend the college. Since retiring in mid-2011, amid volunteering and developing an economics blog, my thoughts have circled back to Bowdoin.
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In the years after my graduation from Bowdoin, I supported the college because of the opportunities it had provided my family and me.
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When he was just sixteen, Len Bell '47 enrolled at Bowdoin. It was during the summer after his junior year at Lewiston High School, and he enrolled at such a young age through a special agreement between the College and Maine schools.
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Jennifer Crane wanted to give back to her alma mater but didn't have the means to make a significant contribution. That's why she named Bowdoin the sole beneficiary of her retirement plan. "By naming Bowdoin as the beneficiary of my retirement account, I can easily set aside a pool of money for Bowdoin in the future without putting a strain on my current financial resources," Jennifer says.
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Bowdoin alumnus Charlie Micoleau '63 isn't planning on retiring for another year or two, but that hasn't stopped him from planning ahead
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Fifty years after graduating from Bowdoin, Jack Abbott ’63 describes the experience as life-changing and he and his wife, Kip, have found several generous ways to say thank you to his beloved alma mater.
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In 2009, Bob and Judy Toll of Oakland, California, gave nearly two hundred pieces of Canadian Inuit Art to Bowdoin’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.
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"Looking back on Bowdoin at his 50th Reunion, Dick Burns '58 reflected, "the good fortune I had to be able to go to Bowdoin has been a significant and positive force in my life.
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For Cam Sarrouf '55, giving back to Bowdoin is the best way to say "thank you" to the professors and mentors he can no longer thank in person.
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John's commitment to keeping a high-quality liberal arts education relevant and affordable motivated him to provide for Bowdoin in his estate plans.
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Over the years, Don has supported that principle not only with regular contributions to the Alumni Fund, but also with a contribution to one of the College's Pooled Life Income Funds.
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“Comparing the guaranteed fixed Charitable Gift Annuity rate with what the bank offered when I was about to roll over my certificates of deposit was a no-brainer," says Lex.
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Bill first made this commitment tangible by establishing a scholarship fund in his name in 1973. Since his Bowdoin education was made possible by financial aid, Bill understood and advocated for the importance of scholarships.
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Funding a scholarship with a charitable trust was a good choice for the Forgits. It generated a significant charitable deduction in 2005, which proved useful in conjunction with the sale of a business, and provides lifetime income to Ray and Alice.
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Learning is something I've done—and loved—all my life, and I remain actively engaged in education to this day.
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As I was turning 65, I did some serious planning for the next stage in my life. I had no plans to retire anytime soon—I still don't—but I had three goals for the immediate future.
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There was much that I loved about Bowdoin–my favorite professors: Geoghegan, Shipman, Darling and Storer; my wonderful classmates; the rigor of the academic preparation; and the emphasis on the Common Good, which helped instill in me a real passion for social justice.
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