Founders' 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’ 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.
To become a member of the Founders' Annual Giving Society, visit or call (888)255-2753.

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 

Founders Society Medallion 2011 The first medallion in the Founders’ Annual Giving Society series proudly depicts Mary Frances Clarke and represents the BVM founding Sisters.
Founders Society Medallion 2012 The second medallion in the series speaks to the long-standing tradition of the class tree-planting and subsequent tree-naming ceremony.
Founders Society Medallion 2013 The third medallion in the Founders’ Annual Giving Society series depicts the original Sacred Heart Chapel’s most prominent features, the twin spires.
Founders Society Medallion 2014 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.
2015 Medallion 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. 
2016 Medallion 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.


2016 Medallion Collection




Planned Giving - Clarke Lives

Areas to Support

  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015