The Broad Reach campaign

COA is currently undertaking the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history. The Broad Reach campaign will raise $50 million and make COA the preeminent institution for educating environmental leaders; the intellectual, ecological, and cultural hub for helping steward the future of Mount Desert Island; and the model of an ecologically minded education in these critical times. Investments in our people, program, and campus will make this possible.

Scholarship and financial aid

Named scholarships are designed to offer donors the opportunity to provide support to deserving students with or without establishing an endowed fund. Donors wishing to establish a named annual scholarship must pledge annual gifts of $2,500 or more for at least a four-year period. During that time, funds will go directly to supporting a student with demonstrated financial need.  A gift of $20,000 or more establishes a permanent, or endowed, scholarship.

The development staff will work with the donor to execute an agreement, designed with or without criteria, (stipulations, demographics, academic standing, academic programs, etc.)

Endowment

The COA endowment provides critical support that enhances the quality and accessibility of a COA education. Comprised of dozens of funds established by generous supporters, our endowment is a permanent source of income which supports financial aid and scholarships, faculty chairs, the academic program, and COA’s facilities and grounds.  

COA’s endowment has grown steadily since its inception. Twenty years ago, the endowment totaled just under $3 million. At the end of Fiscal Year 2015, our endowment investments totaled $51 million, providing substantial support for the college’s operational budget. Investments have generally outperformed the market and have been recovering substantially.

To learn more about COA’s endowed accounts, please see our latest endowment report. To inquire about making a gift to the endowment, please call the Dean of Institutional Advancement at 207-801-5620.