About the Goucher Society

At a time when society's acceptance of higher education for women was just emerging, John Franklin and Mary Fisher Goucher led the drive for the establishment of a liberal arts college for women, contributing land and money for the 1885 founding of what would become Goucher College.

The John Franklin and Mary Fisher Goucher Society was established to recognize donors whose contributions to the college honor the evolution of their dream and underwrite the spirit of excellence and innovation that are the hallmarks of a Goucher education.

Donors who contribute a gift or gifts of at least $1,500 or more to any designation to Goucher during a 12 month period (our fiscal year runs July 1-June 30) are recognized as Goucher Society Members. This includes pledges and matching gifts. Within the Goucher Society, the college recognizes young alumnae/I (Young alumnae/I are those who have graduated within the last 15 years) who contribute annually at giving levels scaled according to their gradation year. These levels can be found on our Associate Membership page.

Today, membership in the Goucher Society is more than 400 strong and includes alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff and friends representing the college’s diverse generations and student backgrounds.

While all types of gifts are greatly valued and count towards your membership, gifts to the unrestricted fund, The Greater Goucher Fund, are a priority for Goucher Society members. The generosity of the members accounts for more than three-fourths of the Greater Goucher Fund, a major portion of which is used to support financial aid and internships, student and faculty research and advancements in technology.

Member Recognition Levels

Goucher Society honors its members at six recognition levels. Members at all giving levels enjoy numerous benefits in appreciation of their support.

  • Leadership: $25,000 or more
  • Scholarship: $10,000 - $24,999
  • Citizenship: $5,000 - $9,999
  • Mentorship: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Partnership: $1,500 - $2,499
  • Alumnae/i Associate Member (0-15 years out): $50 plus an increase of $50 for each year since graduation

Member Benefits

All members will receive:

  • First-time donors receive an exclusive goucher society gift
  • Invitations to exclusive receptions
  • Networking opportunities with fellow alumnae/i leaders
  • 10% discount at the Bookstore
  • Preferred parking on campus during select events
  • Complimentary access to Goucher’s athletic facilities (Upon Request)

Become a Member

Online: If you wish to become a member you can make your gift today online by visiting our Donation Page. Payments can be split across a 12 month period to make managing your donation much easier, please visit our donation page to set up monthly donations.

By Check: You may make your contribution in full or partial payment via a check made payable to Goucher College sent to:

Goucher College
Office of Advancement
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204

By Phone: You may make your contribution in full or partial payment over the phone by calling the office of advancement at 1-800-GOUCHER (Please specify option 6 for Alumni and Development)

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts for which you or your spouse are eligible will be credited to your Goucher Society membership at the time your matching gift request is submitted to your employer. See if you work for a company that matches gifts.

Contact

For more information on becoming a member of the Goucher Society please contact us:

Lauren Benjamin
Goucher Society Relationship Manager
410.337.6188
Lauren.Benjamin@goucher.edu