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By making a gift online via our secure giving site, your generosity will have an immediate impact on our community, and save processing time and expenses. Gifts must be received by 11:59 pm (EST) on December 31st to be eligible for the current calendar year’s tax deductions.

Cash or check

Advancement Office
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Checks sent via US Postal Service must be postmarked on or before December 31st to receive tax credit for the current calendar year.

Gifts from donor-advised funds (DAFs) or private foundations

Donors may recommend or direct gifts to College of the Atlantic through donor-advised funds (DAFs) or private foundations. To make a gift through a donor-advised fund, be sure to provide College of the Atlantic’s tax ID/EIN. This important number is 23-7032625.

Gifts of appreciated stock or mutual funds

DTC Code: 0235
Acct: 301-20794
Name of firm: RBC Wealth Management
Contact: Jane Hewes
Account Name: College of the Atlantic
Contact # 1-800-543-4847
Please be sure to include donor name and phone number. 
NOTE: Please do not wire cash to RBC (see below for wire information).

Electronic transfer of securities from a brokerage account is eligible for tax credit for the current calendar year when the securities have been received in COA’s account on or before 11:59 pm (EST) on December 31st. Please note that these gifts are not considered complete upon giving instructions to a broker.

Domestic or international wires

We accept both domestic and international wire transfers. Please contact the Advancement Office at for wire transfer instructions. We would be grateful if you’d consider increasing your donation amount by $15 to help off-set the bank fee for incoming wire transfers.

Funds must be received by COA on or before 11:59 pm (EST), December 31st to be eligible for the current calendar year’s tax deductions.

Recurring gifts

When you join the Black Fly Monthly Giving Society, a monthly gift in the amount of your choosing will be automatically debited from your account. You won’t receive any other annual appeal solicitations, and you will receive one consolidated tax receipt at the end of the calendar year. To sign up, click here and choose “Monthly” from the drop down box.

Matching gifts

Many organizations offer the option of matching employee gifts to organizations like College of the Atlantic. Check with your HR representative to see if your company will match your charitable contributions, so you can maximize your gift to COA! Please be sure to email to let us know to expect a matching gift from your company. 

Donations from an IRA

Money from an individual retirement account can be donated to COA. What’s more, if you’ve reached the age (72, or 73 if you reach age 72 after Dec. 31, 2022) where you need to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional IRAs, you can avoid paying taxes on them by donating that money to the college! For detailed instructions, click here. For IRS Retirement Plan and IRA Required Minimum Distributions FAQs, click here.

Gifts of tangible goods

To discuss, please contact the Dean of Institutional Advancement at 207-801-5620. For information about boat donations, click here.

Planned gifts

Our Planned Giving Brochure offers detailed information on the host of planned giving vehicles that COA offers. To discuss, please contact the Dean of Institutional Advancement at 207-801-5620 . We can discuss your philanthropic aims, and together we can find the perfect choice for you and your family.

Bequests: A bequest to COA is the simplest planned gift. A bequest in your will lets you pass any specified amount to College of the Atlantic, free of estate tax. You can give cash in a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or tangible personal property, all with or without restrictions.

For example, if you make annual gifts to COA and would like to continue your support after your lifetime, you can set up an endowment through your will. This ensures your gift continues to help support students, faculty, and the college for generations.

If you’re planning to make COA one of your beneficiaries through a bequest, please let us know. We will ensure your gift can be used as intended, so that you receive the greatest possible satisfaction from your gift.

Bequests can designate a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, or a fixed percentage of your estate to COA: “I give, devise, and bequeath to College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine the sum of $$$ (or a description of the specific asset), for the benefit of College of the Atlantic and its general purposes.”

Specific bequests: Specific bequests are made when property is bequeathed for a designated purpose—instruments bequeathed for use in music education, for instance: “I give, devise, and bequeath to College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, the sum of $$$ (or a description of a specific asset), to be used for the following purpose (state the purpose).”

If at any time in the judgment of the trustees of College of the Atlantic it is impossible or impractical to carry out exactly the designated purpose, they shall determine an alternative purpose closest to the designated purpose.

Residuary bequests: Residuary bequests are made when you leave all or part of the residue of your assets after other terms of the will have been satisfied. “All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give to College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine for its general purposes.”

Additional resources for donors:

Endowing a chair

The Endowed Chair Policy will serve as the general terms of reference for creating endowed Chairs at College of the Atlantic. Approval of this policy and any subsequent changes to it are the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.

Funding opportunities

Our highest priority is ensuring that every donor feels proud of his or her gift, and that the experience of giving provides a meaningful connection to the college. For more information specific funding priorities, please visit this page.

COA’s gift acceptance guidelines

College of the Atlantic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Because we rely on donations large and small to carry out our mission, we want our supporters to know how we manage such gifts of all kinds with our Gift Acceptance Policy guidelines .

Donor reports

College of the Atlantic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID#23-7032625). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.