Maybe it’s the depth of the bonds that form on our picturesque campus in University Heights. Maybe it’s the development that takes place in and out of the classroom. Maybe it’s the PEOPLE who make the John Carroll experience so special. Whatever the reason, John Carroll alumni are among the most passionate and involved in the nation. We simply cannot continue to thrive without the support of our alumni and friends.

The Carroll Fund provides day-to-day support for every aspect of the University. Your gift of any amount helps preserve our rich history and builds the John Carroll of tomorrow.

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How to Give

Rarely does your generosity have so much potential to impact the lives of others. Together with thousands of other JCU alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends, your gift can achieve remarkable results and have an immediate impact. Every gift counts.

Giving to John Carroll University is quick and easy. Choose the method that best suits you:

Questions? Please email or call 216-397-4338.

Where to Give

Your gift can be directed where it is needed most. Unrestricted annual support in any amount to The Carroll Fund is vital for providing scholarships, student services, facilities, and improved technology. This kind of unrestricted giving offers the University the most flexibility and makes it possible to seize unexpected opportunities and tackle unforeseen challenges.

You can also direct your gift to a college, academic department, athletics, financial aid, student organization, or any fund you choose. Rest assured that no matter where you apply your gift, your generosity will be put to expedient and strategic use.

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1886 Society - Investing in Carroll

Membership in the 1886 Society is not only a reflection of one's belief in the mission of John Carroll University; it's also an investment in a transformative Jesuit Catholic education. Any individual or couple who makes gifts annually to any designation at John Carroll University totaling $1,000 or more*, including matching gifts, automatically qualifies as a member of the 1886 Society and joins a specific club based on giving level.

  • Founders Club*
  • Tower Club
  • Archbishop Club
  • $1,000-$4,999
  • $5,000 - $9,999
  • $10,000 +

*Graduates Of the Last Decade are qualified as a member of the Founders Club with a minimum gift equal to $100 per year since graduation (i.e., six years after graduation, the minimum gift to gain membership would be $600).


Members of the 1886 Society have access to these exclusive benefits:

  • • Recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors and all donor listings
  • • Recognition at events throughout the year
  • • Communications from University leadership
  • • Invitations to campus events
  • • Access to a dedicated staff person to assist with any questions or concerns

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Don't think your gift matters or makes an impact? It does and they add up! Students and faculty rely on annual support to create the best possible educational experience. In addition, each gift increases our participation rate as alumni support is seen as a reflection of an institution’s strength and vitality.


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Class Agent Program

The Class Agent program is a group of enthusiastic alumni volunteers with a genuine interest in the vitality of John Carroll’s mission. The program is an extension of John Carroll University Advancement activities and is an important aspect of securing the University’s future. Class Agents help increase alumni participation and financial support through peer-to-peer contact.

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