Giving to Goddard

Giving to Goddard

Goddard is needed today more than ever. Our students are adults who live in the real world while undertaking their studies in an unique system of one-on-one mentorship. Goddard fosters democracy and the philosophy of transformational, student-centered learning–of knowing, being, and doing. When you invest in Goddard, you invest in future generations of radical thinkers and lifelong learners who take responsible and imaginative action to change the world.

Thank you for your support!

Annual Fund

Goddard’s Annual Fund provides for the day-to-day operation of every facet of the College, from library resources to heat, staff and faculty salaries to electricity. Unrestricted gifts of any size contribute to the quality of a Goddard education and support students and financial aid, excellent faculty, the campus in Vermont and other sites, and the technology that makes it all possible.

  1. Single Gifts: You can send a check (made out to Goddard College) or donate online today.
  2. Monthly Giving: You can make a monthly donation by credit card, which is automatically deducted.

Academic Scholarships

These scholarships were established to support new and returning students in all our existing academic programs. These are current-use funds which means that every dollar raised will support Goddard students in the upcoming fiscal year.

Your support will provide a new generation of Goddard students from your program with an opportunity to engage in the deep learning that supports positive action in the world.

Sustaining Donor Program

By making a recurring monthly donation, you make a lasting commitment that will support initiatives in sustainable energy on campus, innovative academic programs, new alumni offerings, student services, and much more. Sustaining donors help us plan for the future.  Gifts of any amount–even $10 a month–are greatly appreciated.

Becoming a sustaining donor is automatic and easy!

Click here to start giving monthly.

Pitkin Family Scholarship Fund

The Pitkin Family Scholarship will be offered to new and returning students with financial need who are actively involved in and/or developing new and experimental approaches to education and life-long learning. The Pitkin family, through the establishment and development of Goddard College, had a profound impact on higher education in Vermont and on a national level. This scholarship will support and inspire future generations of Goddard students to build on the educational legacy of those that came before them and imagine new ways to teach and learn.

Click here to donate to The Pitkin Family Fund.

Goddard Scholarship Fund

The Goddard Scholarship Fund provides critical need-based support to prospective and current students who seek to complete their degrees at Goddard College. This is a current use fund so every dollar received will support students in the next fiscal year.

Donate now.

Spirit of Goddard Scholarship Fund

The Spirit of Goddard Scholarship is a permanently endowed fund that provides annual scholarships to eligible students. Graduating students, friends, and families are invited to contribute to the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship. From time to time, the College will launch campaigns to grow the Spirit of Goddard endowed scholarship program.

There are several ways to contribute to the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship:

  1. Founding Donors: Permanently named donors who give $10,000 or more.
  2. Memorial Gifts: Given by one or many donors in memory of a specific person.
  3. Individual gifts in any amount.

Give to the Spirit of Goddard Scholarship Fund.

Priscilla Backman Scholarship for Activism Fund

The Priscilla Backman Scholarship for Activism Fund is a permanently endowed fund which provides annual aid to women activists who seek to complete their undergraduate degrees at Goddard College and have demonstrated both financial need and an established commitment to the fields of activism, social justice, and/or sustainability. 

Give to the Priscilla Backman Scholarship for Activism Fund.

Named Scholarships

With a gift of $100,000 or more, a donor can establish an endowed scholarship named for a specific person, entity or purpose, in consultation with the Advancement Office.

Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship Fund

The Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship Fund is the result of  a partnership between Goddard’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and PEN America, PEN Canada, PEN Mexico, and PEN Center USA. Together, these PEN centers comprise the North American branches of PEN International, the world’s preeminent literary organization.

Every year Goddard College grants one $10,000 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship to a North American PEN member who applies to and is accepted into Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. This award is made possible by gifts from faculty and friends of Goddard College. Your support provides funding for future Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship awards at Goddard College.

Support the Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship Fund.

Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund

Support the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund and help us raise funds for Phase 2 renovations, to include:

  • New chairs for floor seating;
  • Building new storage for our Steinway Grand Piano;
  • Installing new high-velocity, whisper-quiet fans;
  • More projected renovations.

Support the Haybarn Theatre Renovation Fund.

Read the feature article about our latest fundraising concert in the Burlington Free Press: NEW HAY DAY

In 2014, our $30,000 grant from the Vermont Arts Council was matched for Phase 1 renovations and $107,000 in renovations were made.  Thank you! All proceeds funded:

  • Energy efficient LED theatre lights.
  • Permanent sound system and acoustic treatment.
  • Assistive listening devices for the hearing-impaired.
  • New ADA accessible foyer bathroom facilities.

Playwrights Enrichment Fund

The Playwrights Enrichment Series brings luminaries from the American theatre and film communities to Goddard to lead professional development workshops and discuss career opportunities with our dramatic writing students. It is a shining example of playwrights helping playwrights, and is supported by generous donations from dramatic writing alumni. Click here to learn more and to give to the Playwrights Enrichment Fund.

Transfer of Appreciated Securities

Giving appreciated securities to Goddard College may be preferable to giving cash. Federal tax law offers special incentives for non-cash gifts, particularly if that property has appreciated. When you give a gift of stock, you avoid capital gains tax. Gains are taxable if you were to sell the stock yourself, but not if you gift it to Goddard College.

Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full fair market value of the stock on the date of stock transfer. You receive credit from Goddard College for the full fair market value, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

Stock may be transferred to: People’s Securities, Inc., DTC# 0220, FBO Goddard College, Account # 42111951.

Planned Giving


Making a bequest to Goddard provides an important legacy, insuring that a Goddard education exists for generations to come.

If you want to include Goddard in your will, here is some suggested language you can use: “I give (the sum of __ dollars) OR (all, or ___ percent of the residuary of my estate) to Goddard College of Plainfield, Vermont, for its general purposes.”

You can also state a specific purpose for the gift. We recommend that you consult with an attorney. Let us know how we can help, and also let us know if you have planned a gift for Goddard.

Stock Transfer or Other Assets

When you give a gift of stock, everyone benefits. You are entitled to a tax deduction for the market value of that stock, and if you have held the stock for more than a year, you can avoid capital gains tax (on appreciation) by donating the stock prior to sale. Goddard benefits by the gift itself, by selling it without paying taxes on the gain.

Please contact us for further information on how to make a transfer of appreciated gifts.

Life Insurance

Naming Goddard College the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of a paid-up or variable life insurance policy can give you an immediate charitable deduction (for income tax purposes) equal to the fair market value of the policy.

Retirement Plans

You can name Goddard College as beneficiary for any IRA or Keogh pension plan funds not sued in your lifetime. This saves your estate significant income or estate taxes once the assets pass to the College.

Book Donations to The Eliot D. Pratt Library

Gifts of Works Authored by Alumni, Students, Staff or Faculty:

The library will gratefully accept donations of works (books, CDs, DVDs, plays, chapbooks, etc.) authored by Goddard alumni, faculty, staff and students.  Two copies are optimal for adding to both the general collection and the special collection.*  Please send your publications directly to:

Goddard College
Advancement Office
123 Pitkin Rd.
Plainfield, VT 05667

*Please note: the special collection is reserved for matriculated alumni, current student, current staff, current and former faculty, and current and former trustee publications. Non-matriculated alumni and withdrawn student publications will be added to the general collection.

Your publication will also be considered for a review in Clockworks, the alumni magazine. Digital images of your book cover can be emailed to

Click here to read the full book donation policy.