Challenge Details

Purpose

To engage the VUAA regional chapters in order to leverage their financial support of Villanova.  This is part of a larger strategy to increase the 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 – the goal is to reach 25%!

All members of each alumni chapter are encouraged to make a gift to Villanova before the end of the fiscal year (May 31, 2014).  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. 

You can help your chapter secure a special event grant from VU in the amount of $250, $500 or $1,000 depending on the success of your chapter. 

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. 

Chapters exceeding the national alumni participation percentage:

  • Receive a Special Event Grant of $250 to sponsor a chapter alumni engagement event.

Chapter with largest percentage increase in giving (from FY13 to FY14)

  • Receive a Special Event Grant of $500 to sponsor a chapter alumni engagement event.

Chapter with the overall highest participation rate  (The Grand Prize)     

  • Receive a Special Event Grant of $1,000 to sponsor a chapter alumni engagement event.
    • Recognition at the VUAA Volunteer Leaders Conference awards ceremony
    • Chapter name engraved on the Chapter Challenge Cup
    • Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, University President, will attend a chapter event

2014 Chapter Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Chapter Challenge!

The following Chapters listed exceeded the national average of 25% participation and will receive a Special Event Grant of $250 to sponsor a Chapter alumni engagement event:  Atlanta;  Baltimore;  Boston;  Charlotte;  Chicago;  Fairfield/Westchester;  Greater Hampton Roads;  Greater Princeton;  Greater Washington DC;  Hartford;  Houston; Lancaster;  Lehigh Valley;  Long Island;  Manhattan;  Michigan/Northern Ohio;  Monmouth/Ocean NJ;  Morris/Somerset NJ;  Northern New Jersey;  Richmond.

The South Florida Chapter had the largest percentage increase of 6.46%! The largest percentage increase comes with a Special Event Grant of $500 to sponsor a Chapter alumni engagement event.

The Chapter with the highest overall participation rate is the Manhattan Chapter with 35.43% participation! As recognition, Manhattan Chapter will:

  • Receive a Special Event Grant of $1,000 to sponsor a Chapter alumni engagement event.
  •  Be recognized at the VUAA Volunteer Leaders Conference awards ceremony
  • Have the Chapter name engraved on the Chapter Challenge Cup
  • Celebrate the success with Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, president, at a Chapter event

Updated 6/11/2014

Chapter

2013 Participation 

2014 Participation

Atlanta 25.85% 25.56%
Austin 24.41% 16.91%
Baltimore 25.14% 26.12%
Boston 23.19% 25.02%
Charlotte 26.70% 28.92%
Chicago 26.97% 27.55%
Dallas - Fort Worth 20.69% 19.87%
Colorado 18.53% 18.70%
Fairfield/Westchester 28.38% 31.34%
Greater Hampton Roads 26.06% 27.93%
Greater Philadelphia 22.27% 23.55%
Greater Princeton 25.94% 27.28%
Greater Washington DC 26.58% 30.31%
Hartford 24.96% 24.53%
Houston 28.43% 32.29%
Lancaster 24.02% 24.80%
Lehigh Valley 23.81% 24.96%
Long Island 23.65% 25.63%
Los Angeles 19.52% 18.64%
Manhattan 32.06% 35.43%
Michigan/NorthernOhio 27.09% 25.51%
Monmouth/Ocean NJ 23.49% 25.15%
Morris/Somerset NJ 31.78% 32.57%
NC Triangle 16.94% 16.89%
Northeastern PA 21.95% 20.69%
Northern California 21.37% 20.00%
Northern New Jersey 25.24% 26.99%
Orange County 18.40% 21.43%
Orlando 25.38% 22.73%
Phoenix 19.12% 18.80%
Pittsburgh 21.66% 20.51%
Portland - 16.22%
Richmond 26.85% 26.32%
San Diego 19.96% 20.14%
Seattle - 14.50%
South Florida 16.73% 23.19%
Southern New Jersey 19.74% 22.42%
Syracuse 22.40% 22.26%
Tampa Bay 18.81% 19.13%
    25.11%