The Exeter Fund

Thank You!

Your support of the Academy is a crucial part of providing the Exeter experience for every student.

How The Exeter Fund Makes a Difference

Every year, The Exeter Fund provides vital, flexible-use resources that enable the Academy to sustain the hallmarks of an Exeter education, including small class sizes, a superb faculty, and facilities and programs that allow students to achieve at their highest level.

Faculty Support

It helps sustain the continued development of a world-class faculty.


Gifts support the critical role of physical fitness and sports in the Exeter experience.

Financial Aid

The Exeter Fund helps bridge the gap between endowed-scholarship funding and total student-assistance awards.

Your Participation Matters

Student Life

Residential-life programs and service-learning projects, supported in part by The Exeter Fund, help create a vibrant community.

The Arts

Unrestricted gifts help provide opportunities in theater, music, dance, photography and art.


The Exeter Fund helps equip students and instructors with cutting-edge tools for teaching and learning.

By the Numbers...

  • 44% of students receive financial aid – your gift helps support those who cannot afford an Exeter education.

  • The Exeter Fund helps ensure 12 students at a Harkness table.

  • An Exeter Fund gift helps make available more than 400 courses providing students with the knowledge they need to succeed.

  • Exeter offers 17 off-campus study programs on five continents.

Leadership Giving: The 1781 Society

Last year, leadership gifts accounted for 83% of total Exeter Fund dollars.

Donors in the 1781 Society, named for the year John Phillips founded the Academy, form the core leadership contingent of The Exeter Fund. These alumni, parents and friends of Exeter contribute $1,781 or more within a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Gift Levels

John Phillips Associate $100,000 and above 
Daniel Webster Associate $50,000-99,999  
Jeremiah Smith Associate $25,000-49,999
Lewis Perry Associate $10,000-24,999
William Saltonstall Associate $5,000-9,999
Hamilton Bissell Associate $1,781-4,999

To recognize the many young alumni who cannot give at levels of $1,781 and above but whose generous support makes them leaders within their class, Exeter has added three additional leadership giving levels:

Ty Tingley Associate $1,000-$1,780 (for alumni within 15 years of graduation)
Jack Herney Associate $500-$999 (for alumni within 10 years of graduation)
Rick Parris Associate $240-$499 (for alumni within five years of graduation)