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.

Today, membership in the Goucher Society is more than 600 strong and includes alumnae/i, parents, and friends representing the college’s diverse generations and student backgrounds. The generosity of Goucher Society members accounts for more than three-fourths of unrestricted giving to the Greater Goucher Fund, a major portion of which is used to support financial aid and international travel stipends for students.

Goucher Society members invite other leadership supporters to join their ranks by making a gift to the Greater Goucher Fund in any of the recognition levels detailed below.

New members of the Goucher Society receive an attractive and convenient Goucher blue leather travel portfolio and pen to acknowledge their philanthropic support.


The generosity of members of the Goucher Society sets a shining example that inspires others. Members contribute $1,500 or more to Goucher College within a 12 month period. Within the Goucher Society, the college recognizes young alumnae/i who contribute itemized amounts to the Greater Goucher Fund within their first 15 years after graduation as Associate Members.

Member Recognition Levels

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

Member Benefits

Benefits vary according to membership level, but all members will receive:

  • invitations to exclusive receptions
  • networking opportunities with fellow alumnae/i leaders
  • complimentary access to Goucher's athletics facilities and certain games
  • preferred parking on campus during select events

Become a Member

If you wish to make your contribution or a partial pledge payment now, send your check, made payable to Goucher College, Annual Giving Office, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794. You may also make your payment by credit card online by clicking here or by calling the office 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. Click here to see if you work for a company that matches gifts.


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

Lauren Benjamin
Goucher Society Relationship Manager