Impact of giving

With your help, Cambridge is changing people's lives today and transforming the world tomorrow. We've done a lot, but we haven't finished yet. And none of this is possible without you.

Impact of giving

Campaign highlights

From life-changing scholarships and new facilities that are transforming the student experience, to new research frontiers and exhibitions that change how we view the world, discover what has been achieved together over the past eight years of the 'Dear World...Yours, Cambridge' campaign.

Philanthropic impact stories

Find out how Cambridge is working to solve the challenges we face in today's world. None of the examples described here would be possible without Cambridge’s philanthropic supporters. Their philanthropy sets the brilliant minds working at Cambridge free to pursue new ideas and change the world.

 
 
 
 
 
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Largest campaign in Cambridge’s history, ‘Dear World... Yours, Cambridge’, delivers impact on every continent.
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Donors to Cambridge in America (CAm) contributed more than $514 million to the record-breaking “Dear World . . . Yours, Cambridge” campaign. Almost $26 million came to CAm from gifts under $50,000 that supported Colleges and initiatives such as student support, health care and Cambridge Zero, among others.  
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The Rosalie Crawford scholarship will help Girton College welcome and support more postgraduate students from around the world take up their place at Cambridge.
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Twenty Ukrainian medical students, whose training was thrown into turmoil by the Russian invasion, are next week beginning clinical placements at hospitals around Cambridge, to learn vital skills to help support their country's health service.
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Cambridge neuroscientist and psychologist Dr Duncan Astle is the inaugural Gnodde Goldman Sachs Professor of Neuroinformatics within the Department of Psychiatry.

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.

 
 
 
 
 
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The family will now support a new fund for teaching and research.
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A generous gift from philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson will fund a new Wellbeing Service at Murray Edwards College as part of a wider University and College initiative to support the mental wellbeing of its students.
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The Isaac Newton Trust, the School of the Arts and Humanities, Magdalene and Newnham Colleges and donors including Ross and Jane Reason have collaborated to establish the first Isaac Newton Trust Academic Career Development Fellowship in Philosophy.
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In 2020, the murder of George Floyd galvanised waves of activism across the US and around the world. In response, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr and fellow alumni initiated the Alexander Crummell Fund, named in honour of the first Black student to matriculate and graduate from Cambridge.
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The Centre, based at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory, will play a key role in accelerating the decarbonisation of flight and power generation.

Testimonials

Discover why philanthropy matters and how it makes Cambridge better still. Hear from our donors about their philanthropic motivations and from those who have been supported by such gifts during their time at the University.

 
 
 
 
 
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I couldn’t be prouder of the difference Gates Cambridge scholars are making, and the leaders they have become.
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Volunteer Siobhan Cassidy (Homerton 1994) reflects on giving back, organising the 2021 Boat Race and the power of sport.
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University volunteer and philanthropist Eashwar Krishnan’s (Trinity 1996) time at Cambridge was supported with a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund scholarship. Today, he supports postgraduate students “trying to give back and replicate the structure of incredible generosity” shown to him.
Christina Dawson
Philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson have been long-term supporters of St Catharine’s College, Selwyn College, and the University of Cambridge. They are based in California. Christina spoke with us about what motivates her to give back and how philanthropy can help disadvantaged students fulfill their potential.
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University volunteer and philanthropist Tzo Tze Ang (Trinity 1997) is passionate about the contribution Cambridge can make to society and the power of philanthropy to help facilitate world-changing research.