Why I Give to Goddard

Goddard College is home to more than 20,000 alumni globally. Our alumni tell us that their unique experience here is central to their approach to their work and has had a transformative effect on their life.

Patricia Shepherd (IBA ’08, MFAW ’10) is a two-time graduate and Boston Chapter Co-Chair. Here is a statement on her experience and why she gives to Goddard:

“I enrolled in Goddard’s Individualized Bachelor of Arts (IBA) program to finish my undergraduate degree. I chose Goddard because alums of its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFAW) program qualify for Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat (CWC&R). To become an authentic writer, I needed that annual accountability.

Learning to trust the process stretched my conservative upbringing and helped me realize the more effort I put into something, the more benefits I received. The Goddard process is a mindset of moving from a place of understanding less to one of understanding more. For me, it has also become a life process. I am not the type to join marches against, nor construct habitats for, but I can work in support of. I continue to discover ways to institute change.

I am fortunate to be able to give financially to the annual fund, CWC&R scholarship and Clockhouse journal, and am in the process of adding Goddard to my will. I also give of my time as the student trustee during my IBA/MFAW year, as a CWC&R steward, and as an alumni hostess and co-chair of the Boston Alumni Chapter. I give because I believe the Goddard Community is only as good as the sum of its members, and I want to ensure future generations have the opportunity to acquire skills for progressive lifelong learning.”

To learn more about how to stay connected and get involved, click here to visit our Goddard College Alumni page.

Patricia is generously offering to match any donations made through June 30th 2018, up to $5,000. Please make a gift – and double your impact!

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