Honoring Our Past. Sustaining Our Present. Ensuring Our Future.
What does the Bridgton Fund do?
The Bridgton Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising at Bridgton Academy and provides immediate operating support integral to the Academy’s mission and programming. Bridgton Fund dollars are directly utilized to augment all Academy expenses not covered by tuition alone. Donations to this fund support and underwrite programs including financial aid, residential life, curriculum improvements, faculty professional development, athletics, and beyond. In short: contributions to the Bridgton Fund serve as “the bread and butter” of our daily operations, and are critical to the fulfillment of Bridgton Academy’s unique mission. Participation from all alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy is greatly encouraged and celebrated!
Why should I give?
All gifts to the Bridgton Fund are an investment in the students, faculty, staff and overall mission of Bridgton Academy.
Your donation to the Bridgton Fund is a vote of confidence in BA’s dynamic history and present-day success. In addition, each gift to the Bridgton Fund is an acknowledgment of the enduring impact that the annual achievement of our mission will have on our shared tomorrow.
Your Bridgton Fund contributions immediately benefit each young man who has chosen to pursue excellence with his decision to enroll at Bridgton Academy. Each gift bolsters the work of our dedicated faculty and staff, and the programs they have put in place to provide today’s BA students with the comprehensive education and guidance that defines Bridgton Academy.
While we realize that there are many charities vying for your support, we ensure you that your gift to Bridgton Academy is immediately transformational, and the return on your investment in Bridgton Academy is invaluable – regardless of the amount you choose to donate. With a steadily growing family of supporters, your donation to our Academy is crucial to our future strength and success. We are hopeful that we can count on you to support our shared vision of offering our worthy students “The Year That Makes The Difference.”
Where does my gift to the Bridgton Fund go?
Gifts to the Bridgton Fund fall within two separate categories: Unrestricted Gifts and Restricted Gifts.
While all gifts to the Bridgton Fund are highly encouraged – and needed – unrestricted gifts are of critical importance for Bridgton Academy throughout any given fiscal year.
One single donation can help fund a variety of components throughout a day in the life of a student at Bridgton Academy, and these dollars are spent according to the school’s most pressing needs at a given time. Some examples of how certain unrestricted gift amounts might be used:
$20.00 – Gas for our BA vans to take students into town to run errands, ski at Shawnee Peak, go on an Outing Club Expedition, etc.
$50.00 – A day’s supply of breakfast cereal. (Along with a variety of homemade hot meals throughout the day, and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, Wolverines still find their way to the Lucky Charms ® dispenser!)
$100.00 – A student field trip to the coast with Mr. Gately as part of his famed Oceanography course.
$150.00 – On-the-road meals for the Wolverine soccer team.
$200.00 – Supplies for Bridgton Academy’s art studio, led by BA Science Teacher and Art Instructor, Gabe Miller.
From student activities, to meals and operating expenses – and everything in-between – you can trust that your unrestricted gift to the Bridgton Fund will be well-worth your investment, and immediately utilized to positively impact our mission and programs!
Our unrestricted fundraising goal for Fiscal Year 2016 (07/01/2015 – 06/30/2016) is $250,000.
If you choose to make a Restricted Gift to the Bridgton Fund, your donation is directly applied to the program you have earmarked and will be used to help support the most pressing needs of the program of your choice unless otherwise specified.
How Do I Give?
- Our Online Giving Page is a quick and secure way to make your donation
- Donations can be mailed to Bridgton Academy, PO Box 292, North Bridgton, ME 04057
- Call a member of our Development Team at (207) 647-3322 ext 1213
Bridgton Fund Giving Levels
The generosity of Bridgton Fund donors is recognized by their placement into our various giving levels.
The Headmaster’s Circle
Donations of $10,000 & Above
Harold H. Sampson Society
Donations of $5,000 & Above
The Richard L. Goldsmith Society
(Recognition for parents of Alumni & Current Students)
$1,808 & Above
The Robert E. Walker Society
$1,000 & Above
The Wolverine Club
$500 & Above
The Black & Grey Club
$1 & Above
All donors (unless otherwise specified) will be recognized in our Annual Report on Giving, published annually in the Fall.