Caritas Community

For more than 50 years, the Caritas Society of St. John’s College deepened the connection between the Annapolis and St. John’s communities, promoted the value of the college’s transformative liberal arts education, and provided much-needed financial aid assistance to students who were experiencing financial hardship.

In June of 2021, the Caritas Society took an important new step by fully merging with St. John’s, making the community’s bond with the college permanent—and stronger than ever.

Maintaining a connection to the community and to one another was a significant part of Caritas’s purpose. St. John’s values these connections and the opportunities for education, friendship, and social events they afford.

Instead of collecting membership dues, the college encourages Caritas supporters to donate to the Caritas Endowment or the Caritas Fund. The college will offer educational programming and social events to those who support the legacy of Caritas through giving.


History of the Caritas Society

In 1969, members of the St. John’s College staff and the greater Annapolis community established Caritas. The group evolved into an independent all-volunteer community membership organization. In 2015, Caritas incorporated in Maryland and received a corporate 501(c)(3) tax exemption.

Caring for Students

Caritas made it its mission to care for St. John’s students, and they did so in a myriad of ways. Caritas donated to the Greenfield Library in memory and in honor of members for their service to Caritas or the community. They awarded a prize at graduation to the student with outstanding service to the greater Annapolis community and two prizes to students with accomplishments in the field of music through the Belknap Fund. And, Caritas made significant contributions to provide need-based financial aid. In addition to their philanthropic support, they also provided events where students could meet and mingle with Caritas members.

Caring for Community

Caritas’s other primary mission was caring for the community. Caritas introduced people to the College by offering a variety of informative events and social gatherings. Members had the opportunity to attend feature presentations of local, historical, literary, and artistic interest, including book and author presentations, musical and dramatic performances, lectures, and forums. There were many beloved events, including the Capitol Steps fundraiser, “Meet the Authors”, and the annual Student Ice Cream Social.

Members helped fulfill these missions by advocating for the College locally, thus developing strong relationships between St. John’s and the Annapolis community. Members also supported the College by raising financial aid and book grant funds for students who needed additional financial help to remain in school.


Ways to Support Students and Community

Support the Caritas Endowment

Designate your gift to the Caritas Endowment. Your gift will be invested, providing St. John's students with a permanent stream of financial aid support that has the potential to rise over time.

Support the Caritas Endowment
Give to the Caritas Fund

This fund provides financial aid support to students who are experiencing financial hardship in the current academic year.

Give to the Caritas Fund
Consider a Planned Gift

Provide for the future of St. John’s by remembering the college in your will or other estate plans, including gifts of property, life insurance policies, charitable trusts, gift annuities, and bequests. Our development team is ready to serve as your philanthropic advisors for planned gifts to the college.

Consider a Planned Gift

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