We're deeply grateful to the over 4,000 members of the Govs community who have given to this campaign. With every gift, of any size, our story expands and deepens.

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Gift of a Lifetime

One student’s experience can have a lasting impact on many others. James “Jim” Waugh’s ’44 life work positively influenced young people in much the same way he was influenced while a student at the Academy more than seven decades ago. Governor’s realized a $1.2 million bequest from Waugh in September.

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1763 SocietyThe Academy was founded in 1763 by the bequest of Governor William Dummer of his family's farmland. The 1763 Leadership Society recognizes all donors who contribute $1,763 or more in a single fiscal year.

Schoolhouse SocietyThe doors of the Little Red Schoolhouse opened under Master Samuel Moody, the school's first headmaster, in 1763. Moody was known for his philosophy of education, which strayed from the norm of the day. Instead of insisting on silence in the classroom, which he thought could be more distracting than noise, he encouraged his students to study aloud. The Schoolhouse Society recognizes those who have put Governor's in their estate plans.


Phillips SocietyThe Phillips Society recognizes those who have demonstrated their loyalty to the Academy by donating to our school for two or more consecutive years.

Cardinal & White ClubOur youngest alumni inspire us not only with their burgeoning philanthropy, but with their loyalty. The Cardinal & White Club recognizes graduates of the last decade who have given for two or more consecutive years, or who contribute $100 or more in a single fiscal year to any fund.

Milestone SocietyThe Academy is proud to honor those individuals and families whose generosity has profoundly impacted the Academy's direction and progress throughout its history. The Milestone Society recognizes donors who have made fully-funded gifts of $250,000 or more in their lifetime.