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This campaign ended on February 19, 2021, but you can still make a gift to Villanova University by clicking here!
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About


Make an Impact on Villanovans in Your Region!


The Nova Challenge runs Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19.

The Nova Challenge is a four-day giving challenge and friendly competition between Villanovans from various regions throughout the Nova Nation. Your gift goes directly to your local Villanova Club!

You can participate by making a gift through this campaign and choosing your Regional Club as the designation. New in 2021, Regional Clubs will be grouped into regional teams—and each team will work together to reach a collective goal that unlocks a challenge gift! 

What Does the Nova Challenge Support?

Your gift to the Nova Challenge will support the experiences and activities Regional Clubs bring to Villanovans in their local communities. Some Regional Clubs also sponsor scholarships for students in their area, broadening access to need-based aid in the pursuit of a Villanova education. Your support means that Villanova Regional Clubs can continue to offer: 

  • Networking Events
  • Service Opportunities
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Game Watches
  • Cultural Events
  • Local Student Scholarships

Your Gift Goes Further

For Nova Challenge 2021, Regional Clubs are grouped into teams and will work together to unlock a regional challenge gift in support of Villanova. Each regional team challenge will be unlocked based on the number of Clubs that reach 100% of their individual dollar goals, and each region will have its own group goal. 

The six regions are Far West, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest/Texas, New England and International, Southeast and Tri-State. See the Regional Teams section for an update on your region's progress.

Nova Challenge Impact

Your gift makes more of the above possible in your region and throughout the Nova Nation! Here are just a few examples of your impact from past participation in the Nova Challenge:

  • The Nova Challenge has raised more than $260,000 in support in four years.
  • More than 30 Regional Clubs have used Nova Challenge funds to host game watches, networking or service events in their local areas—and innovative virtual events!
  • 21 Regional Club scholarships were awarded to Villanova students during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Alumni and parent support provides valuable resources at the core of the Villanova experience. For alumni in particular, your participation helps Villanova stand out among other national universities. By joining the Nova Challenge, you are helping Villanova on a local and global scale!

Regional Teams
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Thank You and Zoom Backgrounds!

THANK YOU to the more than 1,000 donors who supported the 2021 Nova Challenge! Through your generosity, we raised over $129,000 for Villanova Regional Clubs AND unlocked $725,000 in regional challenges. We are especially grateful for those who came together for our Regional Clubs in Texas amid the impact of last week’s severe weather.  

As a sign of our gratitude, we created custom Zoom backgrounds featuring each Club’s logo. Show your Villanova pride and represent your local Club by downloading the background of your choice!  

You can support your Regional Club at any time with a gift through our secure giving site. Any gifts made to the Clubs of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston by this Friday, February 26 will count toward the 2021 Nova Challenge.  

A very special thank you to the regional challenge donors whose support will benefit Villanova students. We are truly grateful for your generosity!   

Far West Challenge: $100,000 to support scholarships for Villanova students from the West region, from Tom Barry ’95, Dave Connelly ’93, Ann Kibler ’90, Kevin Kramer ’93, Rob Mancini ’92, Craig Shenkler ’93 and Tracy Tunnell ’92 

Mid-Atlantic Challenge: $100,000 for Villanova scholarships from Will ’82 and Jeanette Powers 

Midwest/Texas Challenge: $75,000 for Villanova scholarships from John ’84 and Kimberly Thacker P’13 P’15 

New England and International Challenge: $200,000 for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Villanova from Charles A. Walsh III ’68 

Southeast Challenge: $150,000 for Villanova scholarships from Dr. Raymond J. ’73 and Gracelyn R. Tuoti 

Tri-State Challenge: $100,000 for Villanova scholarships from an anonymous donor  

1145 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
The Final Hours!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the 2021 Nova Challenge thus far! After the Nova Challenge ends at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can continue to support your Regional Club throughout the year with a gift through our secure giving site. Regional Clubs provide a connection to Villanova wherever you are in the Nova Nation, and you can help fuel the Club experiences that bring Villanovans together in your area. Due to the severe weather that has swept through the nation this week, any gifts made to the Clubs of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston by next Friday, February 26 will count towards the Nova Challenge totals. We acknowledge that this week has not been easy for many Villanovans, and we pray for the safety of those affected by the storms. 

1148 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: Midwest/Texas 🎉

The Midwest/Texas regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $75,000 for scholarships at Villanova! A very special thank you to John '84 and Kimberly Thacker P'13 P'15 for generously supporting this regional challenge. Thank you also to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students! 

1148 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: Mid-Atlantic 🎉

The Mid-Atlantic regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $100,000 for scholarships at Villanova! A very special thank you to Will ’82 and Jeanette Powers for generously supporting this regional challenge. Thank you also to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students!

1149 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: Tri-State 🎉

The Tri-State regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $100,000 gift for scholarships at Villanova! Thank you to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students!

1149 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: Southeast 🎉

The Southeast regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $150,000 for scholarships at Villanova! A very special thank you to Dr. Raymond J. ’73 and Gracelyn R. Tuoti for generously supporting this regional challenge. Thank you also to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students! 

1149 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: Far West 🎉

The Far West regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $100,000 for scholarships to support Villanova students from the West region! A very special thank you to Tom Barry ’95, Dave Connelly ’93, Ann Kibler ’90, Kevin Kramer ’93, Rob Mancini ’92, Craig Shenkler ’93 and Tracy Tunnell ’92 for generously supporting this regional challenge. Thank you also to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students!

1149 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Challenge Unlocked: New England/International 🎉

The New England/International regional team has reached their Nova Challenge goal, unlocking $200,000 for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Villanova! A very special thank you to Charles A. Walsh III ’68 for generously supporting this regional challenge. Thank you also to the donors whose gifts helped to unlock this challenge benefitting Villanova students!

1149 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Kick Off Craft Cocktail Recipes

Thank you to everyone who attended our Nova Challenge Kick Off: Craft Cocktails @ Home! It was such a fun way to celebrate the launch of the Nova Challenge and bring Wildcats from across the Nova Nation together. Congratulations to our event raffle winner Paulius Kalinauskas ’04 from the Club of Jersey! Download the craft cocktail recipes demonstrated during the event to recreate the cocktail bar experience at home!

Participation in the Nova Challenge will directly impact our Regional Clubs and the activities (like Craft Cocktails @ Home!) that connect Villanovans in their local communities. Nova Challenge support means that Villanova Regional Clubs can continue to offer virtual events, service opportunities, networking activities and more! Plus, every gift also helps to unlock a regional challenge gift benefiting Villanova students. The 2021 Nova Challenge ends on Friday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time! 

1150 days ago by Nicole Duhamel
Nova Challenge Kick Off: Craft Cocktails @ Home

Don’t miss tonight’s Nova Challenge Kick Off: Craft Cocktails @ Home event starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Join us as we demonstrate DIY craft cocktails you can make at home while feeling like you’re at your favorite cocktail bar! Representatives from Villanova Regional Clubs throughout the Nova Nation will gather to talk more about the impact of Nova Challenge. All registrants will also be entered into a raffle to win Villanova prizes!  

1152 days ago by Nicole Duhamel

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