“For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change” was launched Saturday, in time to promote it to alumni during Homecoming. At the black-tie gala, the name was unveiled along with its goals. The $600 million campaign has four goals: cultivate innovation in academics by revamping interdisciplinary programs already underway and establishing new Centers for Excellence, attract world class teacher-scholars to the University, increase financial aid opportunities by expanding the endowment and closing the 20 percent gap between demonstrated need and available rewards, and build a premier student-centered living and learning environment.
The campaign literature calls for a fundraising goal of $600 million dollars, a challenge that is “intimidating” and “audacious.” James C. Davis, ’81, and his wife Kim have already help with a historic $50 million gift to the School of Business, the largest gift ever pledged to the University.
“This extraordinary gift from Jim and Kim Davis illustrates the boldness of this campaign,” said University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., in a media release from the University. “
The significant investment in the University reflects an unwavering belief in its mission and a desire to play a key role in charting its future.”
As of Sunday evening, just one day after the unveiling, $285 million had already been pledged. Above is a visual representation of where the money raised will go.