Where BGC Resources Come From


During the academic year ending June 30, 2017, Bard Graduate Center received more than $3.3 million in contributions from over 250 private and public sources. These resources were combined with the income from endowed funds and other revenue to provide the institution with stability and the opportunity to deliver the valuable programs detailed on this website.

Sources and their percentage of total raised/earned:

Endowed Funds: 54%
  • Designated and general-purpose endowments
Contributions and Special Events: 28%
  • Contributed income from alumni/ae, friends, foundations, and corporations
  • Government grants
  • Income from the annual Iris Awards Luncheon and other special events

Tuition and Fees: 11%

  • Tuition
  • Application, housing, and usage fees
Other Earned Revenue: 7%
  • Publications and gallery shop sales
  • Facility and residential rentals


What BGC Resources Are Used For


In the fiscal year now completed, more than 65% of BGC resources were used for the institution’s core programs dedicated to the study and interpretation of decorative art, design history, and material culture.

Uses and their percentage of total budget:

Academic Programs: 30%
  • Faculty, curriculum expenses, programs, independent research
Gallery: 18%
  • Exhibition research, production, and publications
General Management and Operations: 18%
  • Maintenance, security, technology, website, design, and finance
Research Activities: 6%
  • Research events, publications, fellowships
Administration and Fundraising: 13%
  • Director’s Office, Development, Human Resources, Finance and Administration
Financial Aid: 7%
  • Tuition assistance, stipends, work study
Public Programs: 5%
  • Continuing education and outreach
Residence Hall: 3%
  • Management of Bard Hall