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$6 million in gifts given to JCU

September 27th, 2007

Through the donations of several alumni, John Carroll University is able to provide assistance and more opportunities for current JCU students.

The gift money that has been given recently to the University is from several beneficators who have continuously supported the growth of the JCU community.

During the late spring and early summer months of this year John Carroll received six million dollars in gift money from three couples; Mary Jo and John Boler (‘56), Mary Jane (‘91) and Jack Breen (‘56) and Barbara (‘62) and John Schubert.

Mary Jo and John Boler gave the University a gift of $2.5 million. Their gift will fund the President’s Opportunity Fund, which will allow Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., to provide funding for academics, service projects and capital improvements.

The Boler School of Business is named in the couple’s honor and the D.J. Lombardo Student Center is named in honor of Mary Jo Boler’s father.

Mary Jane and Jack Breen have been sponsors of The Institute of Catholic Studies, The Breen Family Catholic Lecture Series and the Breen Learning Center.

With their $2.5 million gift, the couple will provide a chair in Catholic Systemic Theology within the Department of Religious Studies. Breen said, “I am happy to support JCU and its mission, as this chair will further enhance the University’s Jesuit Catholic tradition.”

The final gift was given by the Schuberts in honor of Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., former rector of the Jesuit community at JCU.

Schubert, a graduate of John Carroll, said, “John and I are both fans of Fr. Gray and feel it is important that his initiatives continue after he left the University.”

The couple’s $1 million gift will be used to support mission and identity programs at JCU. In prior years, the couple helped fund programs for The Institute of Catholic Studies, in addition to funding minority scholarship assistance.

Each year JCU receives gifts from alumni, parents, corporations and foundations.
Doreen Riley, vice president of University Advancement, said, “The largest gift to JCU was $20 million from one family in support of the Dolan Science Center. The family gave because it was a university priority.”

In the last five years JCU has received 12 gifts of $1 million or more.
The University advancement department tries to match donor interest with University needs. Riley said, “We think of it as a partnership.”

Riley will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 17 about University Advancement. She said, “All are invited to attend and learn more about how philanthropy makes a difference.”