Why Support Holderness?

We Rely On Your Support

The Office of Advancement’s mission is to raise funds to support all areas of Holderness School. Our success is made possible by the generous contributions of more than 1,800 alumni, parents, and friends every year. This broad base of support includes gifts at all levels that together have a tremendous impact on our school. Making an investment in Holderness School’s future will pay dividends for generations to come, and we hope you will consider joining us in this important endeavor. 

Tuition only covers 75% of the yearly costs to run the school; summer programming covers 5%, while philanthropy accounts for the remaining 20% of its operating budget. Careful stewardship of tuition income, endowment revenue, and annual gifts are the means by which we care for our buildings, staff, and faculty, and provide an exceptional education to each one of our students. Philanthropy is an especially resonant word for Holderness School because our mission and most deeply-held value is Pro Deo et Genere Humano, meaning for God and Humankind.

Our Priorities

Holderness Fund – Gifts to the Holderness Fund support a wide range of priorities, including academics, arts, financial aid, special programs, athletics, and spiritual life. To learn more, contact Darren Moore ’99, Director of the Holderness Fund, at (603) 779-5245 or

Capital and Endowment Gifts – Gifts to capital projects and our endowment are investments in Holderness School’s future. Your gift helps to preserve and enhance our beautiful campus, support scholarships, the library, faculty professional development, and student programming to ensure that the Holderness experience will be available to future generations. To learn more, contact Kathleen Kime ’99, Director of Major Gifts, at (603) 779-5229 or

Planned Gifts – Bequests allow donors to leave a legacy and make a lasting impact at Holderness.  Additionally, the gift of an IRA or retirement plan, life insurance policy, annuity, or charitable trust can offer donors sizable tax benefits while also supporting Holderness. To learn more, contact Mark Sturgeon, Executive Director of Advancement, at (603) 779-5225 or

Ways to Give – Gifts of cash, securities, recurring gifts, and matching gifts can make a profound impact on today’s students. To learn more, contact Tim Platt, Advancement Database and Gifts Manager, at (603) 779-5325 or or Mark Sturgeon, Executive Director of Advancement, at (603) 779-5225 or

Advancement Staff Directory

Our staff are here to share the ways you can help keep Holderness School at the forefront of independent school education and to inspire you with the possibilities for affecting the lives of our students.

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of Mark Sturgeon

    Mark Sturgeon 

    Executive Director of Advancement
    (603) 779-5225
  • Photo of Patrick Buckley

    Pat Buckley 

    Director of Stewardship & Operations
    (603) 779-5223
  • Photo of Neal Frei

    Neal Frei 03

    Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
    (603) 779-5264
  • Photo of Kathleen Kime

    Kathleen Kime 99

    Director of Major Gifts
    (603) 779-5229
  • Photo of Darren Moore

    Darren Moore 99

    Director of the Holderness Fund
    (603) 779-5245
  • Photo of Tim Platt

    Tim Platt 

    Advancement Database Manager
    (603) 779-5325
  • Photo of Kelly van Lingen

    Kelly van Lingen 

    Assistant Director of the Holderness Fund
    (603) 779-5220
  • Photo of Carolyn Soucy

    Carolyn Soucy 

    Assistant Director of Parent Relations & On-Campus Events
Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245

MAIL P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
PHONE (603) 536-1257