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The John F. Godman Society

An Invitation to Join The John F. Godman Society

Members of The John F. Godman Society have expressed their commitment to Berkshire School through a very special and important form of financial support.

In 1996, to emphasize the crucial role that planned giving plays in the success of Berkshire School, the Board of Trustees established The John F. Godman Society. The Godman Society is named in memory of John F. Godman, Berkshire's legendary headmaster who served the School with unrivaled dedication from 1951 to 1970. During his tenure, the school grew dramatically in its population, in its strength of reputation, and in its physical plant. Before his death in 1987, Mr. Godman left a very generous bequest to Berkshire School. In addition, in 1985, the Class of 1961 established the John F. Godman Fund to provide the core funding for three scholarships in Mr. Godman's name. Since 1996, we have welcomed all who have embraced John Godman's spirit through a planned gift into the Godman Society. The School is forever grateful for the foresight and generosity shown by Mr. Godman and all those who have demonstrated such a commitment to the future of life under the Mountain.

These donors have named Berkshire as the beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest, appreciated securities, gifts of real estate, gifts of life insurance and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts.

Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in The John F. Godman Society.

Membership Benefits

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership in The John F. Godman Society also include annual luncheons, invitations to special events and seminars and a subscription to our newsletter.

The most important benefit you will receive from joining The John F. Godman Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success.


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