VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), receiving the 2018 “Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising” Award. The University was one of only 16 institutions to receive the Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising award, with other recipients including Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, University of California - Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“This recognition from CASE underscores the University’s continued upward trajectory as a top national university,” said Michael J. O’Neill, Senior Vice President for University Advancement. “In addition to the University’s tremendous momentum overall, the last decade has seen a shift in the culture of philanthropy at Villanova. We could not be more grateful for the extraordinary generosity we have received from our Villanova community, reflected in the incredible success of the Capital Campaign and unprecedented rise in undergraduate alumni giving.”
The CASE awards follow the conclusion of the University’s historic comprehensive capital campaign, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.” The campaign, which launched in October 2013, surpassed its original $600 million goal 18 months early to total more than $760 million in contributions by its conclusion on May 31, 2018. Over the course of the campaign, the University demonstrated sustained excellence in fundraising with more than $100 million raised per year for five consecutive years.
In addition to receiving the award for Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising, Villanova was also recognized with the 2018 CASE award for Overall Improvement among all private research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $1.2 billion. Annual undergraduate alumni giving has nearly doubled at Villanova over the past decade, rising to 30 percent in 2018. More than half of the donors to the Capital Campaign were first-time donors to the University.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.