Ensuring the future of High Mowing School

The Abbot Hill Society recognizes alumni, parents and friends of High Mowing School who have included the School in their estate plans. Members of the Abbot Hill Society help guarantee High Mowing’s future by arranging bequests or establishing trusts which provide a dependable and reliable source of income for the School and future generations. To become a member of the Abbot Hill Society, please let us know that you have included High Mowing in your estate plans. Questions should be directed to Eleanor Owen, who can be reached at eowen@highmowing.org

Planned gifts can be made in numerous ways, many of which can benefit the donor as well as the School. Possibilities include the following:


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  • Gifts by Will

    You can leave a lasting legacy by naming a bequest to High Mowing School in your will. If you have already done so, please email so we can recognize your generosity with membership in the Abbot Hill Society. You may include the School in your will by leaving a percentage of the estate, a specific dollar amount, or by naming High Mowing School as the residual beneficiary. Estate taxes can be reduced by making a bequest.
  • Life Insurance

    When you name High Mowing School the owner and beneficiary of an insurance policy, you ensure a significant gift to the School and are entitled to a current charitable income tax deduction.
  • Retirement Plans

    You may be able to accomplish more with these assets by designating them to High Mowing School. If left to noncharitable heirs (other than your spouse), retirement plan assets are subject to income and estate taxes. With a change of beneficiary form, you can designate High Mowing as a partial or whole recipient of your retirement plan. You can also designate High Mowing as a contingent beneficiary providing for the School should your primary beneficiary predecease you.
  • Charitable Lead Trusts

    Freeze the taxable value of appreciating assets: use them to make gifts today, then transfer them to family later.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

    An individually managed trust that reduces income and capital gains taxes and pays stable, predictable income.
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

    Meet multiple goals with this most-flexible life-income gift.
"What if High Mowing were to disappear? It would be a far more shallow society. I would not have had as meaningful and varied a life without High Mowing. It encouraged me to open the doors of learning, to accept responsibility, and to value all people. It was a gift to my life and continued to be a force during challenging times when I would stand back and ask, 'How would the people at High Mowing look at and act upon this?'"
~ Renie Taylor '59,
Chair of Planned Giving Committee

Learn More

For more information about including High Mowing School in your estate plans or becoming a member of the Abbot Hill Society, please contact us at development@highmowing.org or (603) 654-2391.

high mowing school

222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton NH 03086
(603) 654-2391 phone     (603) 654-6588 fax
Founded in 1942, High Mowing School is an accredited Waldorf co-educational school serving day, boarding, and homestay students in Wilton, NH, from early childhood through grade 12. HMS is a place to grow intellectually, artistically, and socially while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.  Accredited by NEASC and AWSNA (high school current; lower school in process).