120,000 Alumni and 10,000 Students Keep the Momentum Going
The signs of Villanova’s forward momentum are all around—cranes and scaffolding that signal a transformation of campus spaces, banners and signs that trumpet top rankings and a national championship, and the buzz about Villanova’s national reputation for academics and innovation. You can see and feel all of these exciting developments on campus.
There are also big changes happening in the lives of students. On the next page, you’ll meet a few students who are on a path to successful and fulfilling futures because of their Villanova education and because of the support they’ve received through the Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change.
“What the Villanova community has achieved to this point is extraordinary, and the momentum continues to build,” says the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, Villanova’s president. “Together, we can do more.”
The campaign’s milestones have been remarkable: The University has received the three largest gifts in its history—each one worth more than $20 million— and nearly 70,000 people have been inspired to give, helping to bring the undergraduate alumni participation rate to a record 27 percent last year.
“Together we can do more."
—The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, Villanova's President
There’s still much more to do. The priorities for the remainder of the campaign include funding for campus facilities, boosting the annual participation rate to 30 percent and continuing to grow the endowment, which allows the University to devote resources to academic programs and to making Villanova accessible to the nation’s brightest students.
Current students have benefited from and been inspired by the campaign. More than half of the Class of 2017 is so committed to reaching back to help out the next generation of students that they did so before they even graduated.
“I want future Villanovans to have as great an experience as I had, if not a better one,” says Christian Mattutat ’17 VSB, a Senior Class Gift Committee member. “Future students inspire me to give back because I want to see them succeed.”
Villanova’s loyal and generous alumni, parents and friends are making life-changing opportunities possible for students.