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Helen’s Circle

A WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE


The Helen Clarke Jenks Cleary Giving Circle is named after Helen Cleary, the wife of Cleary University’s founder, in recognition of her many contributions to the institution. Helen’s Circle was established with a firm belief that higher education has a positive effect on society and that Cleary University is educating students to serve a world in need. Helen’s Circle offers financial support to faculty, staff, students, or student organizations to help them achieve goals, dreams, and ideas that could not otherwise be met or promoted within the normal operating budget of the University.

MISSION AND PURPOSE

Helen’s Circle aspires to promote the University through investments and grants to University initiatives. We are committed to forging new relationships and building a community of thoughtful, effective women philanthropists, diverse in age, interests, and backgrounds.

GOALS

The Helen Clarke Jenks Cleary Giving Circle at Cleary University aims to:

1.  Make a difference in the University by contributing time, talents, and monetary resources

2.  Encourage a sense of community among ourselves and those we serve

3.  Educate and increase awareness of the University and its needs

4.  Promote volunteerism and effective philanthropy

5.  Build a network that is a catalyst for positive change

HOW IT WORKS

Every contributing member pledges a minimum of $1,000 each fiscal year (beyond any other gifts or contributions being made to the University). All donations are deposited into a restricted fund. The amount of money available for distribution will vary each year as it is dependent on the number of Helen’s Circle members.

Faculty, students, student organizations, and staff are invited to apply for grants from Helen’s Circle. A Helen’s Circle committee reviews all applications and the full membership votes on distribution of the awards. Award recipients may be invited to make a short presentation at the full membership meeting about how they used their grant funds.

The University relies upon the continued philanthropy of its many friends and donors to fund student scholarships and general institutional operations. If you, or you and your spouse, currently support the University, we ask that you continue that support and consider Helen’s Circle as an additional opportunity to make a difference.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Lunch provided at the three business meetings per year
  • Mentoring young women
  • Cleary Spirit Shop discount of 10%
  • Exclusive invitations to special events
  • Travel opportunities through partnership with Red Carpet Travel Club

TO JOIN

Please join us in continuing the legacy of the many great women who have contributed to Cleary University! Your donation of $1,000 or more can be made in annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly payments in cash, check, stock, or by credit card. Recent alumni of Cleary University (less than 10 years since graduation) can join for a reduced donation amount. Judy Walker, Chief Financial Officer at Cleary University, is available and happy to discuss your membership in Helen’s Circle. For more information, call 800.686.1883, extension 1201 or email jwalker@cleary.edu.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION


PROJECTS FUNDED BY HELEN’S CIRCLE GRANTS

Since its inception in the fall of 2009, this dynamic group has funded 73 grants totaling $172,080.

The projects funded for the 2017-2018 fiscal year include:

  • Food Service Electric Cart – $5,000
  • Women’s Locker Room Makeover – $5,000
  • Men’s Locker Room Makeover – $5,000
  • Campus Walking/Running Path – $4,800

 

CURRENT MEMBERS

Sadhana Alangar
Mandy Boyers
Pat Claffey
Patrick R. Cleary II
Susan Dunn
Aleighsha Engisch
Grace Farley
Carol Griffith
Darla Hargraves
Debbie King
Carol Kopf
Beth Lewis
Kathy Perlberg
Claudia Tangalakis
Judy Walker

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