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A Foundation of Support


Gifts to the College of Engineering are fundamental to the health of the University and the College as they reduce dependence on tuition revenues, provide a predictable source of income, enable the development of innovative programs, and attract exceptional students and faculty. Below we present several ways in which you can support Villanova University’s premier, nationally-ranked engineering education.

Endowment Gifts

Endowment gifts create a lasting legacy and may be named for the donors or in honor or memory of someone, such as parents or a cherished professor.

The minimum threshold to endow a fund at Villanova University is $100,000.

We thank those who have made generous endowed gifts to the College of Engineering. 

To learn more about creating an endowed fund, contact Cynthia Rutenbar, Executive Director of Development for the College of Engineering, at 610-519-6973 or

Annual Gifts to the College

A gift in any amount helps the College of Engineering deliver the quality education for which it is recognized. If you would like your gift to be designated to a particular department or program, please indicate that in the memo area of your check.

To give a gift:

  • By check: Made payable to Villanova University, College of Engineering
    Mail to:
    Villanova University
    Office of University Advancement
    800 E. Lancaster Avenue
    Villanova, PA 19085
  • Online: Click here to give a gift online and indicate the College of Engineering or a specific department or program.

Villanova University Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund support a multitude of areas on campus including: financial aid, scholarships, service learning experiences, academic programs, and many other opportunities that help make up the Villanova experience.

To give a gift:

  • By check: Made check payable to Villanova University
    Mail to:
    Villanova University
    Office of University Advancement
    800 E. Lancaster Avenue
    Villanova, PA 19085
  • Online: Click here to give a gift online to the Villanova University Annual Fund.

Bequests and Planned Gifts

Alumni and friends often make their most significant gifts to the University through planned gifts. These donors are recognized as members of the College’s 1842 Heritage Society, which honors alumni, parents, and friends who support the University through documented bequests in their wills or other planned gifts.

Planned gifts include:

  • Gifts by Will or Living Trust
  • Gifts of Appreciated Securities
  • Gifts of Life Insurance
  • Gifts of Real Estate
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • And more

Corporations & Foundations

Each year, dozens of corporations partner with the College of Engineering to ensure that companies have a pipeline of well-prepared future employees and that students have a practical understanding of the fields they are studying. Corporate support may come in the form of:

  • Student scholarships
  • Research funding for both students and faculty
  • Gifts that support laboratory facilities and capability expansions
  • Sponsorship of service and outreach programs

Foundations also generously support the College with gifts for STEM outreach, student scholarships, professorships, and more.

If your business would like to learn more about joining the College in developing the next generation of engineers, contact Joe Borillo, Director of Corporate Relations at

To learn how you can make a financial contribution to the College of Engineering, contact:

Cynthia Rutenbar
Executive Director of Development for the College of Engineering
Office: 610-519-6973
Cell: 484-680-9364

Lynn Burke
Major Gift Officer
Office: 610-519-6916

College of Engineering
Office of the Dean
Drosdick Hall 310
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Visit to meet some Heritage Society members and learn why they chose to support Villanova and how you can too. For more information, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800-486-5244 or