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Join a legacy of giving that began more than a hundred years ago.

Clark University’s donor recognition program pays homage to Jonas Clark, who founded the University in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the United States. He also established the undergraduate Clark College through a bequest in his will, which included an initial $850,000 endowment for the University Library.

Not only was that gift estimated to be the largest independent endowment for any library in America at that time, it also set the stage for building a university that would become internationally recognized for its scholarship and research.

Today, Jonas Clark Fellows are alumni, families and friends who choose to give $2,000 or more ($1,000 and more for graduates of the last decade) during each fiscal year (June 1–May 31), enabling Clark to provide students and faculty with exemplary resources for teaching, learning and research. Other giving societies, including our Fiat Lux Legacy Society and the 1887 Society, recognize those who have made planned gifts and supporters who have given five or more consecutive years to Clark, respectively. Each giving society provides Clark sustained and lasting gifts with far-reaching impact across campus.

Clark University recognizes the generosity of donors whose gifts during each fiscal year (June 1–May 31) enable Clark to provide students and faculty with needed resources for teaching, learning, and research.

  • President’s Associates: $250,000 and more
  • Howard B. Jefferson Associates: $100,000 – $249,999
  • G. Stanley Hall Associates: $50,000 – $99,999
  • Wallace W. Atwood Associates: $25,000 – $49,999
  • M. Hazel Hughes Associates: $10,000 – $24,999
  • Albert A. Michelson Associates: $5,000 – $9,999
  • Robert H. Goddard Associates: $3,000 – $4,999
  • Dean’s Associates: $2,000 – $2,999

Since its founding, Clark University has relied on alumni, parents, and friends to support its educational mission and renowned academic programs. Five Jonas Clark Fellows giving societies recognize cumulative, rather than annual, giving.

  • George Kneller Society: $5 million or more
  • Jacob Hiatt Society: $1 million – $4,999,999
  • Alice Higgins Society: $500,000 – $999,999
  • Clark Builders Society: $250,000 – $499,999
  • Clark Pioneers Society: $100,000 – 249,999

The Fiat Lux Legacy Society honors donors whose bequests and planned gifts help nurture the growth of Clark, making it a leading liberal arts and research university. Fiat Lux Legacy Society members have included Clark in their estate plans, sustaining a tradition that is vitally important to the long-term welfare of the University.

Heralding the year of Clark University’s founding charter, the 1887 Society honors donors who have given for at least the last five consecutive years and thanks them for making Clark a philanthropic priority. Donors are noted in the annual report of giving with symbols denoting consecutive-year giving history at five, 10, and 15-plus years.