Founded in May 1995, the VCU School of Engineering Foundation is organized exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. Within this charter, the foundation provides guidance and financial support to the School of Engineering. The foundation is governed by a board of trustees whose members are among Virginia’s most influential leaders and whose professional efforts are vital to the economic development of the commonwealth of Virginia.

The VCU School of Engineering Foundation manages and distributes philanthropic funds and earned income for all departments, programs and organizations associated with the School of Engineering. Additionally, the foundation facilitates engagement and fundraising efforts for the School of Engineering.

The overarching mission of the foundation is to build sustainable financial resources that can support the aspirations of the School of Engineering through economic stress and changing state support for higher education.

Since its inception, the School of Engineering Foundation has raised more than $75 million in cash, gifts and pledges, funded construction of the school’s two academic buildings and provided funding for endowments that support scholarships, professorships and chairs.

Ongoing funding initiatives of the foundation include financial support for student scholarships, organizations, the school’s career and tutoring centers and co-curricular programming such as the Senior Design Expo, Women in Engineering Luncheon, multidisciplinary lecture series, and workforce development and community engagement events. 

Contact the foundation

Michael B. "Mickey" Dowdy
Chief Development Officer
Phone: (804) 828-1475

Philip O’Connor
Corporate and Alumni Engagement Officer
Phone: (804) 828-9551

Ms. Lane Guilliams
Donor & Board Relations Specialist
Phone: (804) 828-2909

VCU School of Engineering Foundation
601 West Main Street, Room 433
P.O. Box 843068
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3068