Giving Societies

President's Circle

The President's Circle is an exclusive group of leaders within the Notre Dame family who stand side-by-side with University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. to play an instrumental role in affording the University the flexibility to address its most critical needs.

Their generous annual contributions of $25,000 in support of the President's Circle help to advance Notre Dame’s distinctive mission: to seek God, study the world, and serve humanity.

  • Give the gift of Notre Dame to students by way of financial aid
  • Advance Notre Dame's Catholic mission
  • Enhance the undergraduate student experience
  • Support academics by expanding student research opportunities and hiring world-class faculty
  • Provide leadership the flexibility to address Notre Dame's emerging priorities and critical needs


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President's Circle Impact

Members of the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle contributed $22.5 million to the Presidential Impact Fund in 2019- 2020. This fund helps address critical needs within the University, including undergraduate Financial Aid, undergraduate education, Catholic mission, and research and scholarship. Through President's Circle gifts, students can pursue their dreams, engage with world-class faculty, and learn and grow in a faith-based community. It is a gift that changes the trajectory of students’ lives.

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Giving Options

Members of the President's Circle make annual gifts through a variety of giving options, including charitable investments in the Notre Dame endowment pool.

Type Description
Annual Gift Make an annual gift of $25,000 through credit card, cash, wire transfer or stock gift. You can also make a perpetual gift (quarterly or monthly) online. 
Leadership Pledge

Sign a leadership pledge and memorialize and commemorate your commitment to support the University across the next two to four years.

Endowment for Excellence Create an Endowment for Excellence for Mission and Leadership to become a President's Circle member for your lifetime.  
Donor-Advised Fund Make a grant recommendation to Notre Dame through your donor-advised fund.
Notre Dame Charitable Remainder Trust Participate in the returns of the Notre Dame Endowment while maximizing your charitable impact.


Membership Experiences

Members are part of a unique community within the University, and as such, they are offered special opportunities to interact with Notre Dame leadership, and to form connections with Notre Dame students. Members are invited to participate in the following:

  • Washington, D.C. Biennial Symposium - Spring 2021*

    Fr. Jenkins hosts this biennial event for members of the President's Circle, which offers opportunities to learn more about the critical issues facing our world from respected authorities in government and the media in various historical venues across Washington, D.C.

  • Conference Calls with Fr. Jenkins and University Leaders

    Members are invited to a conference call every June and December to hear directly from Fr. Jenkins and another member of the senior leadership team regarding University priorities and funding allocations. During these calls, members also have the opportunity to ask questions in an open discussion format.

  • Mentorship Program

    During the summer, interested members of the President's Circle are paired with current students whose career goals and internship opportunities align with the member’s own career path. This program affords members the unique opportunity to engage with and directly affect the formation of a Notre Dame student. Through this initiative, member-mentors offer the wisdom of their own experience, guidance, and introductions to their respective professional network. Since 2013, 727 mentorship pairings have been made.

  • Exclusive Fall Events*

    Members of the President’s Circle are invited to exclusive events with University leaders, such as: Fr. Jenkins; Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President; Marie-Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost; and other members of the President’s Leadership Council. Members also have the opportunity to interact with Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle Scholars.

  • Personalized Concierge Service

    Special ombudsman/concierge service for University events and special needs provided by Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle Team.

Have questions? We have answers!

The President's Circle team is committed to advancing the mission of Notre Dame and is eager to help you with any questions you have about the impact of the President's Circle, giving options, or membership experiences.

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