The Founders’ Annual Giving Society honors the pioneering BVMs’ dedication in providing quality, progressive education. Society members have demonstrated similar commitment by providing annual gifts of $1,000 or more for operational support to the Clarke Fund, which allows the University to respond to the highest and most immediate priorities.
Mary Frances Clarke Circle
For Clarke Fund support of $10,000 or more
Named for Mary Frances Clarke, who along with founding the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was known for her strong will. Mother Clarke is often described as a woman with an adventurous spirit and a keen mind.
Margaret Mann Circle
For Clarke Fund support of $7,500 to $9,999
Named for Margaret Mann, who was best known as a confident administrator with a strong business sense.
Eliza Kelly Circle
For Clarke Fund support of $5,000 to $7,499
Named for Eliza Kelly, who was known as a creative, free spirit and lover of the fine arts.
Rose O’Toole Circle
For Clarke Fund support of $2,500 to $4,499
Named for Rose O’Toole, who was considered by many the humble servant and looked upon as Mary Frances Clarke’s most trusted assistant.
Catherine Byrne Circle
For Clarke Fund support of $1,000 to $2,499
Named for Catherine Byrne, who was a dedicated educator and a woman who worked to support those less fortunate.
Young alumni receive full recognition in the Catherine Byrne Circle with support of:
$250 or more – for traditional undergraduate alumni of the last one-five years
$500 or more – for traditional undergraduate alumni of the last six-ten years
Founders’ Society members receive custom-minted medallions reflecting Clarke’s iconic traditions and rich history. Members are also recognized at the annual President’s Donor Gala, on the electronic donor honor roll located in the Atrium, and in University publications.