More than five years and $759 million later, Villanova University’s capital campaign has come to an end.
The university announced Friday that the end of May also marked the end of the, “For the Greater Great: The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change,” a campaign that began in October 2013 and wound up exceeding its original goal by more than $150 million, writes Michelle Caffrey in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Villanova hit its initial $600 million goal about 18 months ago, and reached $750 million in March, not long before the university’s men’s basketball team took home its second NCAA championship in three years.
While the victories stirred up alumni support and raised Villanova’s profile, the capital campaign’s roots go back more than eight years when the school president, the Rev. Peter Donohue, set out a strategic plan to elevate the Catholic university. Becoming a recognized doctoral research university, which happened in 2016, was part of the plan, along with a host of other ambitions that have played out alongside Villanova’s success on the basketball court.
A $50 million donation from the campaign’s co-chairman, Baltimore-based billionaire businessman, philanthropist and Villanova alumnus Jim Davis and his wife Kim, made up a sizable chunk of the campaign.
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