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Founders’ Annual Giving Society

The legacy of Mary Frances Clarke and the founding Sisters is alive at Clarke through the vibrancy of our campus community and longstanding traditions.

Membership in the Founders’ Annual Giving Society is reserved for alumni, friends and organizations contributing $1,000 or more to Clarke each year. These leadership gifts ensure our students have a well-rounded experience both inside and outside of the classroom by supporting academic programs, enrichment activities and facility enhancements.

Clarke University 175 Medallion
2018 Founders' Society Medallion: 175th Anniversary

In recognition of Clarke’s 175th anniversary, we honor Mother Mary Frances Clarke’s directive to keep our school progressive with the times in which we live. As Clarke continues to evolve, we remain committed to challenging and supporting our students, who are the heart of our institution, in their intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth.

175th Anniversary Commemorative Plate
175th Anniversary Commemorative Plate

This distinctive, limited edition, decorative plate recognizes our donors whose cumulative generosity equals $2,500 or more during Clarke’s 175th anniversary year.  (Fiscal Year 2019: June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019).

These plates are not available for outright purchase as they are a special donor gift while supplies last.

Founders’ Society Giving Circles

Mary Frances Clarke Circle
Recognizing gifts of $10,000 or more
Margaret Mann Circle
Recognizing gifts of $7,500 to $9,999
Eliza Kelly Circle
Recognizing gifts of $5,000 to $7,499
Rose O’Toole Circle
Recognizing gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
Catherine Byrne Giving Circle*
Recognizing gifts of $1,000 to $2,499

*Young alumni receive full recognition in the Catherine Byrne giving circle with an annual gift of:
$250 or more – for traditional students graduating in 2014-2018
$500 or more – for traditional students graduating in 2009-2013