Impact of giving

Cambridge turns philanthropy into impact. Now more than ever, our work takes place on a global scale. We build computers in Cambridge, grow tomatoes in Mexico, nurture leaders in Africa, empower education in India, and help protect cultures, languages and species across the planet.

Impact of giving

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.

Gates Scholar alumni
The Class of 2019 includes citizens from 37 different countries and the first scholars from Burundi and Mongolia. This year 27 universities have produced their first Gates Cambridge Scholar.
Cambridge and Heidelberg announce major project to digitise treasured medieval manuscripts
Centuries-old manuscripts feature the works of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles and Euripides.
Dr Johnny Habchi, Dr Christopher Proctor, and Dr Peitro Sormanni in coversation
The Borysiewicz Fellowship takes some of the best Cambridge postdocs and develops them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. These researchers work in teams on projects aimed at finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Dr Hannah Stern and researcher in the lab
Our donors support some of the brightest postgraduate and undergraduate talents. Find out how philanthropic support gives them the freedom to investigate their subjects.
Mollie Georgiou speaking to donors at the Guild of Benefactors ceremony, 2018
Psychology undergraduate and Reuben Scholar Mollie Georgiou (Queens' 2016) tells us about how philanthropy made her ambition to study at Cambridge a reality.

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 generous gift from alumnus Mark Hanson (Girton 1985) has made possible a new Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP) to support exceptional scholar athletes.
Claudia and David Harding
Cambridge University has announced an unprecedented £100 million gift to help attract the most talented postgraduate and undergraduate students from the UK and around the world
A new training and research programme at the University of Cambridge will fund PhD students and early-career researchers as they work to develop technologies for the world’s future energy and computational needs. 
Graduating students
£33 million gift from King’s alumnus will improve access for disadvantaged students.
Dr Yusuf Hamied
Dr Yusuf Hamied (Christ’s 1954) has made a generous gift in support of a long-established Chair in Chemistry.