The Social Welfare History Project Challenge

VCU Libraries is raising funds to match a $100,000 challenge grant to support the Social Welfare History Project, a comprehensive web resource created by pioneering social worker John E. (Jack) Hansan, Ph.D. (1930-2019).

In tribute to Hansan's career in social work and his devotion to the online project, the Hansan Family Foundation issued a $100,000 challenge grant to be met by June 2024 to sustain and further develop the project. For every dollar given in support of this project, the Hansan Foundation will match the gift up to $100,000 – resulting in a total of $200,000 for VCU Libraries to use to strengthen and sustain the project until the end of this decade and beyond.

The Social Welfare History Project is one of VCU Libraries’ most frequently visited web resources. With approximately 5,000 visits daily, it provides demonstrable support for both scholarly research and teaching.

To make a gift in support of this project, securely give online or send a check payable to VCU Foundation and write “VCU Libraries Social Welfare History Project” in the memo line.

VCU Libraries c/o VCU Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Box 843042
Richmond, VA 23284-3042

To discuss other options to give or for any questions, please contact Kelly Gotschalk, Director of Development and Major Gifts, at or (804) 827-1163.