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Your gift makes a difference.

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Monetary Donation      GPS Gear Purchase

Thank you.

Questions? Schedule a call with Katie Boyle today to discuss your gift.


CEP students in Oaxaca, Mexico during 2017 January Term Sustainable Development Immersion Course.
Photo credit: Stephanie Erwin, MBA ’20, EP Cert ’17.

Support Bard GPS Students

Opportunity Scholars

In 2019, Bard GPS launched the Opportunity Scholars program. This scholarship program provides 40-100% scholarships to first-generation college graduates as well as students from historically excluded populations. To date, 42 students have received funding through this program totaling almost $1.3 million dollars. Please consider supporting this important work of diversifying the sustainability industry to ensure those communities who are often most impacted by climate change, supply chain abuses, and environmental injustices have a voice representing them in the rooms where decisions are made.

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Internship Funding

Bard MS and MEd students are required to complete 6 month professional internships as part of their degree program. While a core principle of JEDI work requires that all employers offer paid internships, many internships remain unfunded or underfunded. For low-income students, taking an unpaid/underpaid internship is either not possible or requires them to use student loan funding and sink further into debt, perpetuating socioeconomic inequality and unequal access to professional development opportunities. Recognizing this inequity, Bard GPS is working to raise funding for internship stipends. Since 2021, 9 students have received $3,000-$6,000 internship stipends totaling $46,000. Please join us in ensuring all students have access to high quality professional development opportunities by giving to this program and/or asking your employer to be sure it offers internships that pay a living/market wage. 

Fundraising Infographic - Scholarship Stats





Bard GPS Marketplace

Coming soon! 

Show your Bard GPS pride AND support Opportunity Scholars students through your purchase of Bard GPS merchandise. 100% of profits from the sale of GPS merchandise will go the GPS Opportunity Scholarship Fund. All items have been selected for their sustainability features and we offer a variety different price points (with different levels of sustainability features) to meet various budgets. Additional items will be added to the store in coming months, so be sure to check back occasionally. The store is managed in partnership with Brancaster Marketing, a Red Hook, NY based, minority and woman-owned store that uses sustainable printing techniques.

Ways to Give

Gifts can be made online or via check, credit card, wire transfer, securities, or real estate.

  • Bard College is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (TIN: 14-1713034), incorporated in Red Hook, NY.
  • Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
  • Please check with your financial advisor for specific information regarding the deductibility of your gift.
  • If you chose to use a method other than the GPS Giving Form, please be sure to specific Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability as the recipient of your gift. Contact Katie Boyle with any questions on your gift (kboyle@bard.edu).


To donate online, click here. Bard College accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.

By Credit Card

Bard College accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. To donate online, click here. To make a contribution by credit card over the telephone or email, please contact the Gift Recorder at 845-758-7861 or giftrecorder@bard.edu

** Be sure to specify that your gift is for the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability **

By Check

Checks and other correspondence should be sent to:

Bard College

Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs
Attn: Gift Recorder
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

** Be sure to specify that your gift is for the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability **

By Wire Transfer

To make a gift via wire transfer, instruct your brokerage or bank office to arrange for the transfer of funds electronically to the appropriate Bard account. 

For general gifts and grants

Bank of America
222 Broadway
New York, NY 10038

Beneficiary: Bard College
Wire Routing Number: 026009593 (to be used for wires sent from a US account)
ACH Routing Number: 021000322 (to be used for ACH or non-wire transfers)
Beneficiary Account Number: 483075033470
International SWIFT Code: BOFAUS3N
Memo: Please include purpose or program to which you are supporting to ensure proper crediting of your donation.

For gifts to endowment

Bank of America
222 Broadway
New York, NY 10038

Beneficiary: Bard College
Wire Routing Number: 026009593 (to be used for wires sent from a US account)
ACH Routing Number: 021000322 (to be used for ACH or non-wire transfers)
Beneficiary Account Number: 483075033519
Memo: Please include purpose or program to which you are supporting to ensure proper crediting of your donation.

To ensure proper crediting of your donation
Please send a copy of the instructions you send to your broker or bank officer, along with any special instructions regarding the purpose of the gift via:
Email: giftrecorder@bard.edu         
Fax: 845-758-4294

Appreciated Securities

When you donate appreciated stocks to Bard, you avoid the capital gains tax you would have paid if you sold the asset. If you have owned the securities for longer than twelve months, you also receive an income tax charitable deduction for their full fair-market value. These tax savings–both in income and capital gains taxes–make gifts of securities a popular alternative to cash.

If you wish to maintain a particular stock in your portfolio, consider giving Bard the stock and using the cash you would have donated to purchase the same securities in the open market. The newly acquired shares will then carry the current market value as their cost basis, an easy way to reduce future capital gains tax liability.

You can use this free and secure online tool to make a gift of stock to inspire curiosity, a love of learning, idealism, and a commitment to the link between higher education and civic participation at Bard—all while saving on taxes.

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If you'd like to contribute stocks directly to Bard, please view these instructions

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from an IRA

On December 18, 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was enacted, which retroactively reinstates and makes permanent several tax incentives including Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) through an IRA Charitable Rollover. A QCD allows an individual aged 72, or 70½ if you turned 70½ before January 1st, 2020, and older to make direct transfers up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes. No charitable deduction is taken, but distributions will qualify for all or part of the IRA owners required minimum distributions and is a tax-wise way to support Bard College.

We’ve partnered with a free and secure online tool that makes it easy to make this contribution and support our community in a way that’s beneficial to you. No sensitive personal information is required and it only takes a few minutes. Get started today.

Benefits of a Qualified Charitable Distribution:

  • Any amount processed as a QCD counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) requirement.
  • Reduces the taxable amount of your IRA distribution by lowering both your adjusted gross income and taxable income– resulting in a lower overall tax liability.
  • Receive a tax benefit even if you take the standard deduction
  • Married couples who file jointly can transfer up to $200,000 per year as a QCD Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify. 

Ask your financial advisor if it would be right for you to create a traditional IRA account so you can benefit from the IRA Charitable Transfer.

This information is not meant as tax or legal advice. Be sure to check with your financial advisor to determine whether this gift plan is right for you.

Your IRA administrator must make transfers directly from your traditional IRA account to Bard College. To make a QCD gift, contact your IRA custodian. 

To ensure proper crediting of your gift, please notify the Gift Recorder of your intended donation, and any special instructions regarding the purpose of the gift. Call 845-758- 7861 or email giftrecorder@bard.edu.

Donor Advised Fund

What is a donor advised fund?
A donor advised fund (DAF) is a type of giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite charities easily. DAFs are an excellent way to simplify your charitable giving and facilitate your philanthropic goals.

How does it work?

  • Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax-deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program  
  • Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (any investment growth is tax-free)  
  • Recommend grants to qualified public charities of your choice, like Bard College

What are the main advantages of the DAF?

  • Simplicity: The DAF sponsor handles all record-keeping, disbursements, and tax receipts.  
  • Flexibility: Timing of your tax deduction can be separate from your charitable decision making.
  • Tax efficiency: Contributions are tax-deductible and any investment growth in the DAF is tax-free. It is also easy to donate long term appreciated securities, eliminating capital gains taxes and allowing you to support multiple charities from one block of stock.
  • Family legacy: A DAF is a powerful way to build or continue a tradition of family philanthropy.
  • No start-up costs: There is no cost to establish a DAF. However, there are often minimum initial charitable contributions to establish the DAF (typically $5,000 or more).**
  • No transaction fees: Once approved, 100% of your recommended grant goes to your qualified public charity of choice.**
  • Privacy if desired: Donors may choose to be acknowledged or remain anonymous.

** Sponsoring organizations generally assess an administrative fee on the assets in a DAF. These fees vary by sponsoring organization. 
** DAF checks cannot be accepted for event sponsorship (such as sponsoring a table)

Planned Giving

Join the Margaret and John Bard Society
The Margaret and 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. Planned gifts have far-reaching effects that benefit today’s Bard students as well as those of tomorrow. For more information about making your planned gift, click here or download this information sheet.