Dear World,
You sent us Newton. We sent you gravity.
You sent us Darwin. We sent you evolution. You sent us William and Samuel. We sent you Wordsworth and Coleridge. What will we send next? A postal test for depression? A swallowable test for cancer? A theory of everything? For eight centuries, our impact on the world has been huge. But to impact all our futures, we need your support. Yours, Cambridge.

X

Yours, Cambridge

Our ideas and innovations have shaped the world.
Our campaign, 'Dear World... Yours, Cambridge', will raise £2 billion
to help us shape all our futures.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Students climbing a spiral staircase in a College
For 800 years, the world has invested in Cambridge and Cambridge has delivered. We gave you gravity, evolution, computers and pulsars. Next we could deliver clean energy sources, longer lives, quantum computers and parallel universes. But first we need to ask more from the world.
 
 
 
 
 
Campaign total: February 2017
Our Dear World, Yours Cambridge campaign for the University and Colleges was launched in October 2015 and aims to raise £2bn for research, posts and facilities. Following Cambridge’s most successful fundraising year ever, raising more than £210m, the campaign total now stands at £810m.
 
 
 
 
 
College scarves
Cambridge is a unique community of 31 Colleges, and home to more than 18,000 students. The Colleges are the home of our signature supervision system, where students are mentored by some of the world’s leading thinkers. Our 9,000 staff are spread across six schools and more than 150 departments, faculties and institutes.

Focus on our aspirations

For eight centuries, Cambridge has welcomed brilliant minds, set them free to collaborate and create, sending world-changing ideas in return. But we can never say: 'our work is done'. Help us ensure that our impact on the future will be as vital as our impact on the past.

Sir David Attenborough (image by Cate Gillon)
Creating transformational solutions to environmental challenges: a partnership between international nature conservation organisations and University researchers.
Students in front of one of our Colleges
There are thousands of students out there who could make their mark on the world.
A College supervision session
Teaching the next generation of leaders how to think, not what to think. Here, teaching is a two-way process, revolving around an exchange of thinking and understanding.
Family check-up
New approaches to the world's most debilitating health conditions
A Cambridge-Africa Programme workshop in Tanzania
Supporting a new generation of outstanding researchers to create an African research culture.
Description will go here
Creating Europe's largest concentration of scientists and clinicians fighting chronic diseases
A doctor giving a patient a CT scan
As threats to health become more complex and interconnected, so too will the solutions we develop to combat them.
Super conductor
Making possible a new generation of discoveries that provide affordable, clean energy for everyone on the planet for generations to come.

Gift announcements

Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Dame Alison Richard (Chair, Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
Gift announcement
The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) has received an additional $1.5m of funding from one of its strongest supporters, Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The funding will be used to support innovative collaborations that integrate research, education, policy and practice for the conservation of the natural environment.
Gift announcement
One of the world’s most successful inventors – with over 400 patents to his name – best known for his bi-metal kettle controls used in two billion devices worldwide, is yet again turning his attention to philanthropy at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge

Impact of giving

Philanthropic giving is at the heart of the success of the Collegiate University, enabling us to make discoveries that change the world and to ensure that our students received an unrivalled education.

Graphic showing soundwaves reaching the ear
Philanthropic impact story
How many is too many, and how few is too few? There is a number, yet to be identified, that could be key to an improvement in hearing for millions of people.
Amsterdam Stock Market. Photography by Perpetual Tourist.
Philanthropic impact story
When John Maynard Keynes wrote that ‘the social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future,’ he could have been talking about philanthropy, and in particular the philanthropy of Bill and Weslie Janeway.