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.


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.
Sir James Dyson. Image courtesy of the James Dyson Foundation
Because the best invention to come out of Cambridge is Cambridge itself. This University is a machine for thinking. Our collegiate structure, human scale and cross-disciplinary approach enables great minds to become more than the sum of their parts. It has led to vital breakthroughs. It can lead to more.
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.
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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.

A laboratory scientist
Gift announcement
Established as a charity in 1920, the Evelyn Trust makes grants to support medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire. The Trust is particularly interested in research projects that have the potential to deliver transformational change, such as demonstration or pilot projects.
Gift announcement
The Vice-Chancellor celebrated the power of collegiate Cambridge and the importance of philanthropy in his annual address.

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.

The Crossrail project
Philanthropic impact story
Construction engineering was facing a series of unprecedented challenges that required new ways of thinking, new responses and the questioning of accepted professional practices.
An architects' drawing of the new Education Wing
Philanthropic impact story
Fifty years on from becoming a University of Cambridge Museum, Kettle’s Yard has stayed true to its founder’s vision while attracting 70,000 visitors a year.