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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

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. Clarke graduates who have completed their undergraduate studies within the past five years are recognized as Founders’ Society members for gifts of $250 or more annually. Similarly, graduates within six to ten years are recognized for gifts of $500 or more annually.

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.

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2021 Founders' Society Medallion: Therese Ann Mackin, BVM '50

Therese Mackin, BVM ’50 faithfully served the Clarke community for over 50 years. The positive impact of her dedication is apparent across campus and through the long list of students who value her and all she did for them. This medallion as well as the newly renamed Mackin Office of Institutional Advancement will forever serve as symbols of Therese’s unwavering dedication to Clarke University. 

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