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The Exeter Fund

The Exeter Fund ensures:

Financial aid for approximately 45% of students

450+ courses, and opportunities for individual research or field courses

Unparalleled instruction from 200+ faculty members

Priorities

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 about Anne Rankin’s work with whole genome sequencing.

Student life and well-being — Residential life is central to our mission and an essential part of the Exeter experience. Read a Q&A with Dean of Residential Life Carol Cahalane.   

Athletics — We focus on the whole child, including physical and social development. Read about the many sides of Ervin Williams, a football player and poet.

Arts — Your gifts support students’ ability to follow their curiosity, take risks and build empathy. Learn how the Buckner sisters find joy in making music together and with others.

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

Funding Your Gift

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

Go to the page titled Funding Your Gift

Every Gift Counts

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

Exeter Fund Goals

Dollar goal: $8.2 million
 

The giving year runs from July 1 to June 30. 
 

Make a Gift

We are grateful for the generosity and philanthropic foresight of our loyal alumni, families and friends. 

 

 

Go to the page titled Make a Gift

Join a Recognition Society

1781 Leadership Society — Donors who contribute $2,500 or more to the Academy in a single fiscal year.

The Big Red Club — Young alumni who make consistent gifts in the first 15 years after graduation ($250 or more through their 5th reunion; $1,000 or more through their 10th reunion; $1,500 or more through their 15th reunion).

The Lion Rampant Society — Alumni donors who have made a gift to the Academy in every year since graduation, as well as all donors who make gifts of any size over five consecutive years.

The Heritage Circle — Donors who indicate that they have made provisions for the Academy in their estate or retirement plans.

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.

Christy Bradley

I joined the Exeter community in 2017, and after working in a few different roles on campus, I became a part of the Exeter Fund team in the fall of 2018. After a short time on campus, it was evident to me what a special, unique experience PEA provides its students. I am thrilled to be a part of Institutional Advancement and excited to connect with Exeter alums and hear about their time at PEA. 

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.