There is no more thoughtful investment in Bard Graduate Center’s future than a planned gift. These gifts have far-reaching effects that benefit both present and future scholars at Bard Graduate Center.


Join The Iris Legacy Society for the Decorative Arts at Bard

The Iris Legacy Society for the Decorative Arts at Bard has been established to recognize loyal alumni/ae and friends of Bard Graduate Center and Bard College who have made provisions in their estate plans designated to support graduate-level study in decorative arts, design history, and material culture at Bard Graduate Center, an independent program of Bard College. Bard Graduate Center and its mission can be supported through a donor’s will; a Charitable Gift Annuity or Trust; or an investment in Bard’s pooled income fund.

A bequest, the most common way for donors to provide for the future of Bard Graduate Center, offers several advantages, including the following:

  • A donor may be able to make a larger gift than otherwise possible, the estate may save on estate taxes, and the arrangement is revocable, allowing for changes as needed.
  • You can make a bequest supporting the Bard Graduate Center by preparing a new will or revising an existing one.

Making Bard Graduate Center a beneficiary of retirement accounts, investment accounts, or insurance policies may provide benefits to the donor and their heirs.



Other ways to support Bard Graduate Center include:

  • Appreciated stock
  • IRA distributions
  • Gifts and partial gifts of real estate or other property
  • In-kind donations: Bard Graduate Center has a world-class academic research library and an object lab where students can gain first-hand experience learning from objects. Both the library and the object lab welcome inquiries about in-kind donations.


Gifts via wire transfers or stock:

Bard Graduate Center welcomes donations via wire transfer. For account numbers and instructions, please contact Benjamin Krevolin, Chief Advancement Officer, at benjamin.krevolin@bgc.bard.edu, or 212.501.3072.