Clare College Alumni


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. 

Elizabeth de Clare Fellows

Elizabeth de Clare Fellows are elected by the Governing Body on the recommendation of the Master to recognise individuals who, through their commitment to the College and exceptional benefaction, contribute 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, together with the Fellows and Honorary Fellows, 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 are entitled to dine in College seven times a week and attend College Feasts.


The Mellon Circle (£500,000+)

The Mellon Circle recognises donors who have given or pledged to give £500,000 (including Gift Aid) or more to the College during their lifetime (exclusive of legacy intentions). They and a guest may attend the MacFarlane Grieve Feast each year. They also enjoy all the privileges of the levels below.


The Master's Circle (£100,000+

Membership of the Master's Circle is conferred on donors who have made a gift or a pledge of £100,000 (including Gift Aid) in the ten previous years. Members and their guest are invited to an annual dinner hosted by the Master in his Lodge - as well as being invited to events for Benefactors and the 1326 Society.


The 1326 Society (£30,000+)

Recalling the year of the College's foundation, membership of the 1326 Society is conferred on donors who have made a gift or pledge of £30,000 (including Gift Aid) or more in the three previous years. Members are invited with their guest to the annual Benefactors' Concert and Dinner and to an additional special event each year.



Benefactor                 (£10,000+) 

Benefactor status is conferred on donors who have made a gift or pledge of £10,000 (including Gift Aid) or more in the three previous years. Benefactors are invited with a guest to the annual Benefactors' Concert and Dinner, held in September.


The Samuel Blythe Society


The Samuel Blythe Society is named after the 17th century Master of Clare whose generous bequest to the College guaranteed its continuing success and prosperity. Membership of the Samuel Blythe Society is automatic to those who notify us of their intention to remember Clare in their Will. Members are invited with a guest to an annual luncheon, which is held on the second Saturday in May, and are also presented with an enamelled lapel-pin bearing the Clare coat of arms.

Collegiate Cambridge

Donors to Clare College are also donors to Collegiate Cambridge, and as such can be nominated for University levels of recognition, which currently consist of the Guild of Benefactors (for individuals donating in excess of £1million), and the Vice-Chancellor's Circle (for individuals donating £250,000 or more). The University organises special annual events for both these groups.




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.