University Funds

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 the cost of a Case Western Reserve University education. Private gifts to the Parents and Family Fund make a critical difference by supporting programs that enhance student life-transforming a great education into a world-class experience.

Gifts to the Parents and Family Fund support career counseling, student activities and leadership, civic engagement and learning, academic support, and physical education and athletics.

Your gift to the Parents and Family Fund is directed to the Office of Student Affairs and supports the following activities:

Career Counseling

In an increasingly competitive professional market, more students than ever before are utilizing the Career Center for assessment services, career counseling, and internship and practicum opportunities in order to successfully transition to a fulfilling career.

Student Activities & Leadership

Case Western Reserve empowers students to take ownership of their university experience by supporting student programs, traditions, initiatives, and leadership development through innovative initiatives like the Emerging Leaders Program—the only leadership program geared specifically for first-year students.

Civic Engagement & Learning

The university also supports support service opportunities that promote active learning and address community needs. Through the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, students seeking community-based capstone projects and service learning coursework, work-study and paid placements in the community, students are encouraged to broaden their educational experience and serve those in need.

Academic Support

Case Western Reserve provides valuable academic resources to help students achieve their fullest potential, including SAGES tutors and supplemental instruction.

Physical Education and Athletics

Case Western Reserve offers 19 varsity sports, in which over 500 students participate annually. Hundreds more are involved in club sports and physical education courses. Seventy percent of undergraduate students are involved in intramural sports. Together, these programs provide challenging, healthy opportunities to compete, stay in shape, and manage stress.

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 over 500 students participate annually. Hundreds more are involved in club sports, intramurals, and physical education courses. 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 .
  • Fully 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.