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One of Case Western Reserve University's defining strengths is its unique ability to balance the arts and humanities with science and technology; classroom time with experience-based learning; and academic rigor with extracurricular activities.

The University achieves this balance through intentionally designating its resources to enhance the student experience. In addition to raising general operating support through the Annual Fund, the university also pursues funding for the following areas:

Parents and Family Fund

A World-Class Experience

Tuition dollars cover only a portion of an educational experience at Case Western Reserve University.
Gifts to the Parents and Family Fund make a critical difference in supporting programs that enhance
student life—transforming a great education into a world-class experience.

Your gift to the Parents and Family Fund enhances the following activities and others supported by the
Vice President of Student Affairs:

Student Activities and Leadership

Case Western Reserve empowers students to take ownership of their university experience. The Office of
Student Activities and Leadership supports students with programs, traditions and leadership
development through innovative initiatives such as the Emerging Leaders Program, the Second Year
Institute and StrengthsQuest.

Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

No matter their identity, CWRU welcomes all students. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Flora Stone
Mather Center for Women and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center each offer services to
develop every student. Broad-based programs such as Diversity 360 help open dialogues across the
breadth of differences starting the very first days on campus. Students can find deeper connections
through small groups like Queer Peers, Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable or one of the
numerous student organizations housed in the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative.

Civic Engagement and Learning

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning provides community-based opportunities that promote
civic awareness, education, responsible engagement, and student leadership while addressing
community needs. The center offers a variety of programs, services, and resources to connect students
with the Cleveland area through community service and other forms of civic engagement.

Physical Education and Athletics

Case Western Reserve University offers 19 varsity sports, in which 500 student-athletes participate
annually. Hundreds more are involved in club sports, and over 1,200 students participate in intramural
activities offered by the department. All undergraduate students receive physical education
courses. Together, these programs provide challenging, healthy opportunities to compete, stay in shape,
manage stress and develop habits that can last a lifetime.

President's Strategic Initiatives Fund

Fostering Innovation

The President's Strategic Initiatives Fund is a vital source of unrestricted funds that enables the president to advance cutting-edge programs and research. These funds allow Case Western Reserve University to be entrepreneurial by fostering innovation and allowing the institution to seize opportunities when they arise.

Gifts to the President's Strategic Initiatives Fund are catalysts for immediate action. The more unrestricted funds available, the greater the impact the Office of the President can have in realizing the institution's full potential.

Athletics Annual Fund

Athletes who Achieve

As part of its commitment to undergraduate education and student life, Case Western Reserve University offers high-quality athletic programs to every student. Through competition, students learn essential skills that will serve them throughout their entire lives: sportsmanship, team building, goal setting, time management, leadership development, and how to have fun.

Gifts to the Athletic Annual Fund support enhancements to programs, facilities, and special opportunities that arise throughout the year.


Case Western Reserve offers 19 varsity sports, in which nearly 10% of the undergraduate population participates. The department currently recognizes 17 club sport programs serving over 500 students competing regionally and nationally as well as Intramural activities with 2,000 participants this past academic year. Together, these programs provide challenging, healthy opportunities to compete, stay in shape, and manage stress.


All students, faculty, and staff have access to athletic facilities for health/wellness and recreation purposes. In addition, athletic facilities are utilized for major events of the university and our partners in the community. Annual gifts support facilities improvements and equipment replacement necessitated by wear and tear.

Special Opportunities

Being able to take advantage of special opportunities and deal with special needs like an unanticipated varsity team travel expense is very important to providing necessary programs for our campus community and staying competitive with peer universities.

How does your participation make an impact?

  • Students use the athletic facilities 33,000 hours per year for sports and recreation .
  • 100 percent of undergraduates enroll in physical education courses required for graduation.
  • Nearly 70 percent of undergraduates participate on 528 intramural teams.

Kelvin Smith Library Fund

One Step Ahead

An outstanding library is key to an outstanding university. At Case Western Reserve University, the Kelvin Smith Library is more than a passive resource. It gives our students a competitive advantage in the professional and research marketplace.

Fully integrated into the intellectual life of the university, library programs and staff teach our students the tools to find solutions to their information and technology needs.

Gifts to the Kelvin Smith Library Fund support enhancements to collections; facilities; and teaching, learning, and research.


Kelvin Smith Library has 1.7 million volumes of print material and subscribes to over 300 research databases across a wide spectrum of disciplines and over 50,000 electronic journals.


The Kelvin Smith Library building is open to students and faculty 24/7 during the academic year. It offers an inviting space for both quiet study and collaboration. The building is also centrally located, making it both the intellectual and physical heart of campus.


The finest collection of resources can lose its value if users cannot effectively use them. Library professionals directly reach many thousands of students and scholars per year through programs designed to make them information-literate users who know how to find the right resource for their needs.

How does your gift make an impact?

  • Nearly 17,000 users annually connect to state-of-the-art technology at the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center.
  • The Kelvin Smith Library website receives more than 4 million hits every year.
  • More than 158,000 items are circulated from the library's collection.


For more information about university funds, please call 1.800.304.4483.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund was created by a generous gift from Candace and Vincent Gaudiani to assist Case Western Reserve University students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at Case Western Reserve.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s education funding sources. Requests must be urgent in nature. 

These funds are not meant to cover costs typically addressed by financial aid. An event or unforeseeable circumstance must be the cause of the loss of funds in order to be eligible for student emergency funds.

Our goal is to help students during an emergent time of need to stay in school and make progress towards a degree. Priority will be given to students whose tenure at CWRU may be at risk because of unexpected expenses.

This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources.

The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, students, staff and friends of the university.

The Student Emergency Fund is a university wide initiative and coordinated as a joint venture between the Division of Student Affairs and University Advancement.