University Advancement

Mike O’Neill Vice President for University Advancement

On October 26, 2013, Villanova launched the comprehensive Campaign: For the Greater Great: the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, the most ambitious fundraising Campaign in our history, with a goal of raising $600 million.

We have already exceeded 90% of our goal! Every penny we raise will directly support the Strategic Plan and cement Villanova’s position as a nationally pre-eminent Catholic university.


Impact from the Campaign

The impact from the Campaign is significant! It will do the following:

  • make Villanova a reality for bright, hard-working young people;
  • retain faculty members who are leaders in their field, and who are passionate about educating young minds;
  • build spaces on campus that utilize the best today’s technology has to offer, and inspire students to be the best they can be.

Higher education is at a crossroads and getting more and more expensive. Thus, this Campaign comes at a pivotal time. Now is our moment and we cannot succeed without your partnership and support.

I ask you to continue to support our goals and aspirations because we have so much left to do. And Villanova has always been at its best when our community is working together.

Mike O’Neill
Senior Vice President for University Advancement

$10 Million Commitment from Alumnus Albert Lepage to Establish Center for History in the Public Interest

Villanova University has received a $10 million commitment from Albert Lepage ’69 CLAS, retired co-chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., to establish the Center for History in the Public Interest. This commitment marks the largest-ever gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University’s oldest and largest college.

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$22.6 Million Gift from Alumnus William B. Finneran to Advance Renovation of The Pavilion and Support the Men’s Basketball Program

Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, announced a $22.6 million total leadership gift from alumnus William B. Finneran ’63, for the advancement of its strategic plan for a renovation of the Pavilion as well as programmatic support for its men’s basketball program. This marks the largest gift ever to Villanova Athletics and propels the University forward, adding to the excitement and momentum generated from winning the 2016 National Championship.

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Villanova University Receives $1 Million Commitment from Connelly Foundation to Establish Center for Irish Studies

Villanova University has received a $1 million commitment from the Connelly Foundation to support a new Center for Irish Studies. Villanova’s current Irish Studies Program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the U.S., and provides students with diverse academic and cultural experiences that connect to the University’s Irish Augustinian Catholic heritage.  

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Alumna Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 Invests $5 Million to Establish New Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University

Villanova University has announced the creation of a new Institute for Women’s Leadership with a $5 million gift from Anne Welsh McNulty ’75 CLAS, co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners and former member of the Villanova Board of Trustees. This interdisciplinary institute recognizes the importance of advancing women as leaders on campus and in the world and solidifies Villanova’s commitment to cultivating leaders. 

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$25 Million Gift Designated for the Villanova University School of Law from Alumnus Charles Widger, Esq. ’73 VLS

Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced a transformative $25 million leadership gift to its School of Law from alumnus Charles Widger, Esq., ’73 VLS, founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital.

This investment is the largest ever to the Law School and the second largest in the University’s history.  In recognition, the School will be named the “Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.” With this designation, the Law School becomes the first named school or college at Villanova University.

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