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.
Mary Benedict Hall was designed as two interconnected square wings with a central elevator and has housed female undergraduate students since opening in fall 1965. Originally named West Hall, it features a variety of community gathering spaces including common rooms on each floor, a fifth-floor sundeck, and a large gathering room in the lower level called the Lion’s Den.
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