Our donors

Philanthropic partnerships have been vital to Cambridge's success throughout its history. The foresight of our benefactors today continues to enable us to serve society through academic excellence.

Our donors

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.

 
 
 
 
 
Harry Desai
For decades, Harry Desai’s home has been haven for young people from all over the world. A bequest to Cambridge will ensure that his London flat will provide security for students for generations to come.
Gifford Combs is shown at his admittance to the Guild of Benefactors
Ask Gifford Combs, MPhil (Queens’ 1983), what type of projects he likes to support philanthropically and he will use an interesting word: “orphans”.
The Dawsons in front of the Senate House
When Peter and Christina Dawson endowed the Jean Thomas PhD Award at St Catharine’s College they made a permanent and profound contribution to the lives of countless young scholars.
Rebekah Scheuerle
Rebekah Scheuerle is a second-year Gates-Cambridge Scholar at St John’s College. She is undertaking a PhD in the BioScience Engineering Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
Rhys Jones, Wolfson Scholar and PhD in History student
Rhys Jones is studying a PhD in History as a Wolfson Scholar.