Chapter Challenge

The purpose of the Chapter Challenge is to engage VUAA regional chapters in order to leverage their financial support of Villanova.  This is part of a larger strategy to increase overall alumni participation. 

The Chapter Challenge Program was rolled out in February 2010. Since its creation, the alumni participation percentage has increased from 19% to 24%!  While this is an impressive feat, we are striving for more.

All alumni in each chapter area are encouraged to make a gift to Villanova before the end of the fiscal year (May 31).  Your gift can be designated to the Annual Fund, Athletics, or the College or Department of your choice.

You will be directly supporting current Villanova students who rely on alumni donations for scholarship and financial aid support. 

Click here to make your gift today

Duration: June 1 – May 31 to coincide with the Villanova University fiscal year.

Regional Recognition:

  • Highest Participation by Region: $250 monetary award
  • Highest Increase in Participation from Previous Year by Region: $250 monetary award

National Recognition:

  • Highest National Participation: $500 monetary award 
  • Highest National Increase in Participation from Previous Year that Exceeded Villanovans Previous Overall Participation Goal: $500 monetary award
  • Greatest Increase in New Donors to Villanova from the Previous Fiscal Year: $1000 monetary award and attendance by Father President Peter Donohue, O.S.A at a chapter function

The Fine Print:

  • No one chapter can receive more than one of the three grand prizes categorized in the National Recognition section. If this should occur, the second place Chapter in the given category will receive the award. 
  • No one chapter can win Father President Peter Donohue, O.S.A event attendance more than two years in a row, however, that chapter can still win the monetary award and recognition that accompanies the given award. In this situation, the Father President Peter Donohue, O.S.A award will go to the chapter that Exceeds Villanova’s Annual Participation Goal. If that chapter has won the Father Peter award the previous two years it will go to the Chapter that secures Highest National Increase in Participation from Previous Year that Exceeded Villanovans Previous Overall Participation Goal. 
  • Chapters cannot qualify for any award if the Chapter President has not made a gift in the fiscal year the Challenge took place. 
  • The Father President Peter Donohue, O.S.A award has a time limit of one year following its awarding. 
  • Distribution of Funds: the award funds will be distributed into the chapter account held by the University each June/July following the public announcement of the Challenge winners. 


Mid-Atlantic/Southeast: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Greater Hampton Roads, Greater Washington DC, NC Triangle, North Florida, Orlando, Richmond, Southern Florida, Tampa Bay 

Midwest/Mountain: Austin, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Michigan/Northern Ohio

Northeast Corridor: Boston, Fairfield/Westchester, Hartford, Long Island, Manhattan, Monmouth/Ocean, Morris/Somerset, Northern New Jersey, Syracuse

Pennsylvania/Villanova Local: Greater Philadelphia, Greater Princeton, Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, Northeast PA, Pittsburgh, Southern New Jersey

Western: Los Angeles, Northern California, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle

Q:  How is Chapter Challenge participation calculated?

A:  Calculate percentage of participation from each of the chapter areas based on the zip codes the alumni office uses to determine chapter membership.

Q:  Do I have to give a gift to a specific area of Villanova for it to be counted as part of the Chapter Challenge?

A:  Gifts to ALL areas of the University are counted toward the Chapter Challenge. You can support the Annual Fund, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Villanova School of Business, College of Nursing, the Villanova Athletics Fund, the Annual Fund Scholarship Fund, etc.   

Q:  Do I need to use a chapter challenge pledge card in order for my gift to be considered part of the Chapter Challenge? 

A:  No, if you make a gift through any Villanova direct mail appeal, over the phone through our student phonathon program, or on the University’s website it will be counted as part of the Chapter Challenge.

Q:  Is there a minimum donation required for the Chapter Challenge?

A:  The focus of the Chapter Challenge is increasing alumni participation so there is not a minimum donation.  All gifts (even $10) are counted toward the Chapter Challenge.