Exeter Recognition Societies

Exeter would not exist, or be the remarkable school it is today, without the philanthropic foresight of you — our loyal alumni, families and friends. To show our appreciation for your generosity and all that it makes possible here at the Academy, we have created the following donor recognition societies. 

The 1781 Leadership Society

1781 Leadership Level


Alumni, family and friends who contribute $2,500 or more to the Academy in a single fiscal year are considered members of the 1781 Leadership Society. Year in and year out, we rely on these donors to buoy us, and we thank them for their visionary support.

The 1781 Leadership Society comprises the five donor recognition categories that follow.

The Big Red Club

The Big Red Club

— $250 to $1,500 or more —

Guided strongly by the principle of non sibi, Exeter's youngest classes continue to amaze us with their burgeoning philanthropy. In order to honor their efforts, we have created the following three donor categories, known collectively as the Big Red Club: 


Alumni through their 5th reunion who give $250 or more 

Alumni through their 10th reunion who give $1,000 or more 

Alumni through their 15th reunion who give $1,500 or more 

The Lion Rampant Society

Lion Rampant Society


We recognize with membership in the Lion Rampant Society all alumni who have loyally given back to the Academy in each year since graduation, as well as those donors who make gifts of any size over five consecutive years. Their annual contributions are foundational to our mission, and, like our mascot, demonstrate the strength of our community. 

The Heritage Circle

The Heritage Circle


Alumni, family and friends who indicate that they have made provisions for the Academy in their estate or retirement plans are designated members of our Heritage Circle. See the Heritage Circle brochure

Women’s Leadership Circle

Women's Leadership Circle medallionThe Women’s Leadership Circle offers Exeter women the opportunity to empower girls to bring their voices to the Harkness table, regardless of financial need. With gifts of $50,000 or more, Exeter alumnae will be invited into the Circle. Your membership will directly contribute to the success of girls at Exeter through scholarships and flexible-use funds and provide you with opportunities to engage with those students annually.