Where BGC Resources Come From

During the academic year ending June 30, 2019, Bard Graduate Center received more than $4.5 million in contributions from over 250 individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. These resources, combined with the income from endowed funds and other revenue, provide the institution with the stability and the opportunity to deliver BGC’s valuable programs. Generous support was also designated to the Quarter Century Campaign — launched in honor of the institution’s twenty-fifth Anniversary.

Sources and their percentage of total raised/earned:

Endowed Funds: 61%
  • Designated and general-purpose endowments
Contributions and Special Events: 25%
  • Contributed income from alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations
  • Government grants
  • Income from the annual Iris Awards Luncheon and other special events

Tuition and Fees: 8%

  • Tuition
  • Application, housing, and usage fees
Other Earned Revenue: 6%
  • 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.

Academic Programs: 27%
  • Faculty, curriculum expenses, programs, independent research
Gallery: 15%
  • Exhibition research, production, and publications
General Management and Operations: 18%
  • Maintenance, security, technology, website, design, and finance
Research Activities: 7%
  • Research events, publications, fellowships
Administration and Fundraising: 20%
  • Director’s Office, Development, Human Resources, Finance and Administration
Financial Aid: 8%
  • Tuition assistance, stipends, work study
Public Programs: 3%
  • Continuing education and outreach
Residence Hall: 3%
  • Management of Bard Hall