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 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, initiatives 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 LGBT 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 Found Families, 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 (CCEL) provides community-based opportunities
that promote civic awareness, education, responsible engagement, and student leadership while
addressing community needs. CCEL 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.