We are very grateful for all the donations we receive – no matter how large or small. By giving to Clare, you are helping to secure the College’s future and enabling us to provide a world-class education for all our students. 

In return, we offer the sincere thanks of the Master, Fellows and students of Clare. We keep all our supporters in touch with news about the impact of their donations, as well as current College campaigns, through  our annual newsletter, Achievements. We also acknowledge all our supporters in the College Donor List, which is also published annually. At the Commemoration of Benefactors service, held in the Chapel during Lent term each year, we remember our historic benefactors, whose vision and philanthropy have made Clare what it is today. 

The Samuel Blythe Society        

We very much welcome the chance to thank members and supporters who pledge a legacy gift to Clare in their Will during their lifetimes. Membership of the Samuel Blythe Society is automatic for anyone who notifies us of their intention to remember the College in their Will.




Benefactor                 (£10,000+)

Benefactor status is conferred on donors who have made a gift or fulfilled a pledge of £10,000 (gross) or more in the three previous years. Benefactors are invited, along with a partner or guest, to the Benefactors' Concert and Dinner, held in September each year.  


The 1326 Society (£25,000+)

Named in recognition of the year of the College's foundation, the 1326 Society acknowledges significant donations to Clare.

Membership is automatically conferred on donors who have made a gift or fulfilled a pledge of £25,000 (gross) or more in the five previous years.

Members are invited, with their partners or guests, to the annual Benefactors' Concert and Dinner in September, plus an additional a special event each year. In previous years, 1326 Society events have included private viewings of the College's silver collection,  and a private drinks reception and complimentary VIP tickets to Clare Choir's annual concert at St John's, Smith Square. 


The Master's Circle (£100,000+)

The Master's Circle recognises the College's leading supporters. 

Membership is given automatically to donors who have made a gift or pledge of £100,000 (gross) or more since 1 January 2006.

Members of the Master's Circle are invited to an annual dinner hosted by the Master in his private dining room in the Lodge - an opportunity to discuss Clare's current and future plans with the Master and other College Officers. Members also receive all the benefits and recognition offered to our Benefactors and members of the 1326 Society. 


Elizabeth de Clare Fellows 

The College's Governing Body elects Elizabeth de Clare Fellows on the recommendation of the Master, to recognise our major benefactors: individuals who, through their generous donation(s), make an exceptional contribution to the present and future life of the College.

Elizabeth de Clare Fellows are officially recognised as senior members of the College. They are listed in the special issue of the University Reporter published at the start of each academic year.

As full members of the Senior Combination Room, Elizabeth de Clare Fellows enjoy the same rights and privileges as Honorary Fellows.



To find out more about how we thank our supporters, including information about current projects and donor recognition opportunities, please contact the Development Office, who will be happy to help.