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The Exeter Fund

The Exeter Fund ensures:

Approximately 45% of students receive financial aid

12 students at a Harkness table

450+ courses

17 off-campus academic study programs on 5 continents

Why Give to the Exeter Fund?

Unrestricted funds allow us to innovate in key areas, while maintaining our broad base of unrivalled excellence.

Every Gift Counts

Last year, Exeter received $236,419 total in gifts of less than $100.

Exeter Fund Goals

Dollar goal: $8 million



The giving year runs from July 1 to June 30. 

Make a gift

Go to the page titled Exeter Fund Goals


The Exeter Fund provides vital, flexible-use resources that enable us 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.

Financial aid — Our generous scholarship programs help students from all quarters access an Exeter education. Find out why Maria Heeter and her dad both cried when she received her financial aid package. 

Faculty — Support more than 200 faculty and help us continue to recruit the best. Read Townley Chisholm's reflections on a student research trip to Maui.

Student life and well-being — Residential life is central to our mission and an essential part of the Exeter experience. Exonians warmly welcomed Michael Bamah when he arrived on campus; helping others is now his credo.  

Athletics — We focus on the whole child, including physical and social development. Read about Grace Gray's guiding passions: track and ESSO.

Arts — Your gifts support students’ ability to follow their curiosity, take risks and build empathy. Learn how Ariel Kim rediscovered dance at Exeter and flourished.

Technology — Your generosity helps keep Exeter on the cutting edge. Yaseen Ahmed discovered DNA sequencing in BIO670 and has never looked back. 

Giving Circles

1781 Leadership Society

Founders Circle: $100,000 or more 

Principals Circle: $25,000 - $99,999

Academy Circle: $5,000 - $24,999

Exonians Circle: $2,500 - $4,999

Big Red Club

At your 5th reunion: $250 or more

At your 10th reunion: $1,000 or more

At your 15th reunion: $1,500 or more

Exeter Recognition Societies

Exeter would not be the remarkable school it is today without the philanthropic foresight of our loyal alumni, families and friends.  

Go to the page titled Exeter Recognition Societies

Funding your Gift

Helpful information on employer matching, wire transfers, international bank transfers and more. 

Go to the page titled Funding your Gift

Contact Us

Lynn Taylor

Before becoming director of The Exeter Fund in 2016, I spent nearly nine years as one of the Academy’s regional directors of major gifts. One experience has enriched the other, and I enjoy the opportunity to connect with more alumni each year and am honored to lead a program that directly impacts the Exeter experience for every student. 

Jan Gosselin

As a member of The Exeter Fund team, I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and working with our dedicated and talented volunteers as we educate, engage with and solicit alumni for their philanthropic support of The Exeter Fund.  

A few of my hobbies include weekend walks on Rye Beach, reading, sailing (if it’s not too windy) and, most importantly, spending time with my husband, my three grown children and my six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.  

Ashley Healy

Ashley Healy joined The Exeter Fund team as an associate director in 2017. She is responsible for managing the fundraising volunteers in both reunion and non-reunion years for the classes of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as several of the 1950s. She was first introduced to the nonprofit world when she co-founded a fundraising software company in 2015 with the goal of helping nonprofit organizations automate their small-donor fundraising.

Associate director of the Exeter fund Meredith LaPierre

Growing up around boarding school campuses in Avon, Connecticut, taught me the values of community, tradition and educational excellence. Coming to Exeter immediately felt like home, and I am honored to help advance the mission of the Academy through my role in Institutional Advancement.

Tracy West

Before joining The Exeter Fund team in 2011, I spent five years at Colby-Sawyer College as the assistant director of alumni relations and annual giving. Prior to that, I worked as a special events manager for the American Diabetes Association, coordinating the Tour de Cure (cycling) events. I grew up on Cape Cod and currently live in Exeter with my husband, Keith, our 5-year-old twins, Kaleb and Harper, and two dogs.