The Schoolhouse Society

In the spirit of the Academy’s original benefactor, William Dummer, the Schoolhouse Society honors alumni, parents, and friends who have made the school a part of their legacy through a planned gift. Planned gifts include a variety of charitable giving options that allow you to express your personal values by blending your charitable and financial goals. The most frequently made planned gifts are bequests. Other popular options include trusts and charitable gift annuities, along with life insurance and IRA beneficiary designations. Gifts like these can be made with cash but many are made by donating assets such as stock and real estate.

How to Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the many ways to include the Academy in your estate planning please contact Ray Goodman in the Office of Advancement 978.499.3196 or at

Click on one of the Schoolhouse Society members below to read their personal story of support.

Peter Dorsey '69
"All in the Family" 

John Wilson '56
"Great Expectations Fulfilled"

Peter Morse '80 &
Dr. Robert Morse '51
"Still Waters Run Deep" 

Arnie Wood '60
"Prepare or Perish" 


Dr. Ksenija Topic '95
"Still the Love of Byfield Days Linger"


If you would like to learn more about planned giving options,
please contact Ray Goodman, Director of Leadership Gifts 978.499.3196

The Governor's Academy Leadership Gift Societies

These gifts receive special recognition in the Annual Report
The 1763 Society~$50,000 and above
The Milestone Society~$25,000-$49,999
The William Dummer Society~$10,000-$24,999
The Elm Street Society~$5,000-$9,999
The Master Moody Society~$2,500-$4,999
The Headmaster's Society~$1,000-$2,499
The Lt. Governor's Society (graduates of the last decade)~$100 and above


Corporate Matching Gifts
Many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage employees to contribute to non-profit organizations. These programs can allow you to double, or even triple, the value of your gift!

Click here to see if your company will match your gift. 

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