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 Big Red Club

The Big Red Club

Guided strongly by the principle of non sibi, Exeter's youngest classes continue to amaze us with their burgeoning philanthropy. We honor their leadership commitments made in a single fiscal year by granting membership to The Big Red Club in the following three tiers: 

  • Alumni through their 5th reunion who give $250 or more
    • 1-5 years after graduation 
  • Alumni through their 10th reunion who give $1,000 or more
    • 6-10 years after graduation  
  • Alumni through their 15th reunion who give $1,500 or more 
    • 11-15 years after graduation

Since Grad Donor Society


We recognize our most devoted alumni donors who have loyally given back each year since graduation. Their steadfast support and generosity embody the values of our founders John and Elizabeth Phillips.

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 with gifts of any size for the last five or more consecutive fiscal years. Their annual contributions are foundational to our mission, and, like our mascot, demonstrate the strength of our community. 

Forever R.E.D.

Forever R.E.D. (recurring Exeter donations) celebrates alumni who commit to recurring donations that help the Academy create a reliable source of funding that impacts a new generation of Exonians. Gifts can be set up to be renewed monthly or annually

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

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.