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Sentiments of Thanks

Alumni and donor contributions motivate our students, inspire our faculty, and hearten our entire university community. In the weeks leading up to our Thanks Beyond the Possible celebration the campus community came together to share messages of gratitude. 

  • Students gather for a photo around a large thank you card.  
  • Smiling students hold a banner that says 'Thanks Beyond The Possible' in order to show their gratitude.  
  • Three students show their thanks at CWRU.  
  • Student signatures adorn a large thank you card.  
  • Two individuals holding a cutout frame, showing thanks.  

From all of us, we say: "Thanks Beyond the Possible!"


headshot of CWRU student Richie Lazear
"I've met a ton of great people from all over the country who have helped me feel like I'm home here."

-Richie Lazear, Class of 2019



headshot of CWRU instructor Rekha Srinivasan 
"It's not just about the material changes. It's beyond that. Without this funding we would not be producing students of the caliber that we are."

-Rekha Srinivasan, Senior Instructor, Department of Chemistry


headshot of CWRU student Ellen Kendall
"I would not be able to attend the University and pursue my career of becoming a physician without the support of donors."

-Ellen Kendall, Class of 2018



“Donations directly impact students, faculty and the Case Western Reserve community. By giving a donation, you're providing an opportunity to a student who may not have otherwise been able to attend Case Western Reserve University. You're promoting learning environments that produce deeper learning and you're providing opportunities for students to change the world."

-Megan Holmes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Sierra Lipscomb

“Your gift allows students the chance to fulfill their dreams without having to worry about financial limitation on those aspirations. You may give money, but in actuality, you give so much more, including your hopes and trust that students will make use of your gifts in a way that will further innovation in society.”

-Sierra Lipscomb, Class of 2019


Dedra Hanna Adams

“Donating to Case Western Reserve University is an opportunity to invest in the future. Our future leaders, future researchers, our future, is here at Case Western Reserve University."

-Dedra Hanna Adams, Director of Financial Aid, The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing


Ian Charnas

"It's not enough to make your own dreams possible, you have to make other people's dreams possible as well. When you think back to your time as a student, the facilities and equipment you used were provided for by donors and alumni who came before you. And so, as a donor myself, I think about that when I make a donation, because it's my opportunity now to pay that forward."

-Ian Charnas (CWR '05), Manager of think[box]



Inspiring Contributions

A gift to Case Western Reserve University is a powerful expression of generosity. The university is profoundly grateful for the support of our alumni and friends.

Thousands of alumni and donors supported students, faculty and innovative programs and learning environments at Case Western Reserve. We are grateful for each and every contribution that helps further the university. Highlighted below are a few examples of the impact of these inspiring contributions. 

*Chart represents Fiscal Year 2016 gift allocations. 

Select an image in the grid below to see what each area of donor impact looks like.

Three female students smiling and laughing while sitting at a table
Student Support
Female faculty member standing at a chalkboard with a group of three students surrounding her
Faculty Support
Students studying at tables in a study hall
Equipment & Books
Female student working with lab equipment
Two female students talking while sitting outside at a picnic table.
Special Projects
Students sitting in a lecture hall with laptop computers in front of them
Group of students walking in the Quad on campus.
A male and female waling in the Tinkham Veale University Center
Buildings & Grounds
Group of four students sitting around studying
Annual Funds of the Schools & College
Two female and two male students standing amongst gym equipment
Male student hugging your brother while mom and dad surrounds them
Parents & Family
Students sitting in a row in a computer lab

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