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M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Funding Priorities and Opportunities


Villanova nurses are respected for their competence, compassion and commitment to their patients and the community. Support from alumni, parents and friends helps maintain the College’s excellence and competitive advantage, while furthering its mission.

Simulation and Learning Resource Center

Simulation has moved to center stage in nursing education and includes role play, standardized patients, virtual simulation and high-fidelity manikins. Simulation allows students to learn clinical skills, develop critical reasoning abilities, and become competent in caring for people in a safe environment. Simulation-based learning options are a vital complement to traditional clinical experiences. The recent hiring of a new executive director is the first step in developing a strategic plan for simulation and educational innovation. This plan will be a key factor in the College’s future success in enrolling and educating more students. Gift opportunities include overarching support through naming and endowing the Simulation and Learning Resource Center as well as funding a variety of virtual and simulated learning resources.

Inclusive Excellence

The College’s new strategic plan includes several critical priorities, among them a commitment to inclusive excellence. The first step was the appointment of the inaugural Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence in 2020. The position serves as the College’s lead diversity, equity and inclusion officer, focuses on inclusive excellence among faculty, staff and students, and is responsible for planning, training and assessing all related activities. Gift opportunities include providing support for the position, ideally in the form of a named endowment ($100,000+), annual commitments or outright donations.

Faculty Excellence and Innovative Research

Recruiting and retaining talented faculty — and doing so during a national faculty shortage — is a crucial part of the continuing success of the College. These efforts will be accomplished, in part, by creating new faculty endowments. Such resources allow the College to attract gifted scholars by providing a named appointment and research funding. Dedicated funds will fuel the College’s drive for research and innovation in areas such as oncology, psychiatric mental health, gerontology, nursing education, vulnerable populations, family interventions and technology to improve the delivery of care.

• Center for Excellence in Research: $5 million

• Endowed Chair: $2.5 million

• Endowed Professorship: $1.5 million

• Visiting Healthcare Expert in Residence: $1 million

• Endowed Assistant Professorship: $125,000+

• Endowed Research Fund: $100,000+

Student Support: Scholarships and Affordability

Increasing financial aid is a longstanding priority that serves a critical role in cultivating a community of high-achieving scholars with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Villanova takes its responsibility very seriously to educate and prepare critical thinkers and ethical leaders who want to ignite change. With that comes a commitment to make a Villanova education affordable to students who share this calling. Gifts can come in the form of a named scholarship ($100,000+), annual commitments or outright donations.

Student Support: Professional Development

The College has made a significant investment in professional development programming for students. These programs are designed to enhance student success and prepare leaders who can tackle the healthcare challenges of the future. The centerpiece of this effort is LEAD, which provides nursing students with tools to enhance their education so they can effectively represent the College and themselves. Gifts can come in the form of a named endowment ($100,000+), annual commitments or outright donations.

Dean's Fund for Strategic Initiatives

This fund gives Dean Donna Havens the ability to act quickly to support key opportunities and high-impact programs directly benefiting students and furthering the College’s mission. Gifts of all sizes provide dedicated resources to seed strategic initiatives and enhance current programs.

Make a gift to the Dean's Fund for Strategic Initiatives

Contact Us

Robert Hill

Robert Hill P '22
Director, Major Giving

robert.r.hill@villanova.edu
267-455-8071

Julie Anne Smith

Julie Anne Smith
Senior Major Gift Officer

julie.anne.smith@villanova.edu
484-432-5247