Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9


The individual and collective contributions of the School community to Cardigan’s people, programs, and traditions are truly amazing in their scope and scale. We receive generous support from trustees, alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, students, and friends who host events, gift items for our auction, raise money for class gifts, and donate to a broad range of teams, clubs, and classrooms.

Every contribution makes a difference, like every member of our community. We appreciate your continued engagement with the School. On behalf of the teachers, coaches, students, and staff, thank you for all you do for Cardigan Mountain School, now and always.

Giving Clubs

The Point Club: $75,000 and above
Pinnacle Society: $50,000–$74,999
Headmaster’s Club: $25,000–$49,999
Founders’ Club: $15,000–$24,999
Hinman Society: $10,000–$14,999
E. M. Hopkins Club: $5,000–$9,999
Brewster Society: $2,500–$4,999
Cardigan Club: $1,000–$2,499
Cougar Club: $500–$999
Green Team: $1–$499

Autumn at Cardigan

The Summit Society

The Summit Society is Cardigan Mountain School’s most prestigious donor recognition category. This society honors the leadership and extraordinary support of alumni, parents, and friends who have generously provided lifetime support of $1 million or more, through outright and/or deferred gifts. Cardigan gratefully honors these benefactors, who have made a special commitment of leadership, involvement, and personal resources. These individuals and families play a vital role in supporting the Cardigan program, the good people who devote their lives to this education, and the tools and facilities needed to ensure the continued success of the School.

The Summit Society is named in recognition of the School’s annual traditions of climbing mountains, and reaching their peaks, together as a community. Each year, just as they begin their Cardigan experience in September, new students climb Mount Cardigan to experience the sunrise together. In October, the entire student body celebrates Mountain Day (and the incredible beauty of New Hampshire foliage) by tackling various other mountains in the area with their classmates. And, just days before Commencement, ninth graders climb, once again, to the summit of Mount Cardigan—this time to see the sun set at the close of their Cardigan experience. Climbing together and meeting challenges—together—is integral to the Cardigan Way. Members of the Summit Society know this, and they have committed themselves to upholding and sustaining this deeply held value of community aspiration and achievement.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2032 identifies four action areas that prioritize people and programs:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Health & Wellness
  • Program & Curriculum
  • Finance

Strategic Plan

How can we help you?

Joe Burnett '95 P’25
Director of Development and International Relations

Patricia Butterfield
Associate Director of Development

Sandra Hollingsworth
Director of Leadership and Planned Gifts

Jeremiah Shipman '00
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations