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Make It Real Campaign

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Solutions that transform — Make It Real Campaign for VCU School of Education

Last year was an exciting year for the VCU School of Education, as a record number of donors provided a financial foundation for the school’s future.

“We’re just getting started,” the school’s dean, Dr. Andrew Daire, said. “Reaching our Make It Real campaign goal two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule tells us that our alumni and friends are truly invested in the school and our success. They believe in the impact we can make in our communities.”

The school has seen a sharp increase in both contributors and contributions over the last two years. A key factor driving these donations has been the Make It Real Campaign for VCU – the largest university-wide campaign in VCU’s history, which publicly launched in September, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2020. After a record setting fundraising year in 2017, the School of Education has already surpassed last year’s total in 2018, with a few months still to go.

This sends our students, faculty and staff a strong message that we are on the right path with our approach to education that will transform communities. Our goal is simple: to support our students and our faculty as they work toward transformative solutions to complex educational challenges. Philanthropic dollars provide much-needed resources to drive our efforts in an exponential way. Your investments are critical as we search for, test and put into practice solutions that advance our region and our world. Here’s how financial contributions are making an impact on our faculty and students.

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Your gifts at work ...

Transforming People

  • Scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.
  • Chairs, professorships, faculty development funds and an endowment to help address the needs of schools in the area.

Transforming Communities

  • Richmond and beyond.

Transforming Classrooms

  • Development of globally innovative educational products such as digitally fabricated learning products that teach children mathematics; mobile applications to help children learn to read and write; 3-D printed artifacts that provide a unique insight into history.

We are grateful to our donors and to all who will participate in this very important campaign over the next two years. Please contact Ed Kardos, senior director of development for the VCU School of Education at or (804) 828-4692 to discuss how you may be more engaged with the School of Education and the Make It Real Campaign.