The legacy of Mary Frances Clarke and the founding Sisters
is alive at Clarke through the vibrancy of our campus community and
Membership in the Founders’ Society is reserved for alumni, friends
and organizations contributing $1,000 or more to Clarke 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.
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 2011-2015
$500 or more – for traditional students graduating in 2006-2010
||The first medallion in the Founders’ Annual Giving Society series proudly depicts Mary Frances Clarke and represents the BVM founding Sisters.
||The second medallion in the series speaks to the long-standing tradition of the class tree-planting and subsequent tree-naming ceremony.
||The third medallion in the Founders’ Annual Giving Society series depicts the original Sacred Heart Chapel’s most prominent features, the twin spires.
||The BVM core values were the inspiration behind the fourth medallion's design, which was originally created by Carmelle Zserdin '61, BVM, for an installation in the main entrance of the Center for Science Inquiry.
||The fifth medallion in the series features Sister Kenneth Keller, BVM who was one of the first women to receive a Ph.D. degree in computer science. She established Clarke’s computer science department in 1965 which added a new dimension to Clarke’s educational offerings that still lives on today.
||After the fire of 1984, the R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium was built in the center of campus and restored connectivity for the Clarke community.