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.

Professor Neil Lawrence
Following an international search, Professor Neil Lawrence has been appointed as the inaugural DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at Cambridge, supported by a benefaction from the world-leading British AI company.
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Dr Mark Wormald is Secretary of the Senior Tutors’ Committee and Co-Chair of the Student Support Initiative
Surer Mohamed standing in front of a bookcase
Scholarship supported by The David and Elaine Potter Foundation helps outstanding young African scholars develop their careers in the humanities
Valentina Ndolo sitting on a bench
Valentina Ndolo is a Gates Cambridge Scholar in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, where she is a PhD student developing mathematical models to identify areas of Uganda most at risk of anthrax. In 2016, she founded the STEMing Africa Initiative to help support talented female STEM graduates from Africa secure scholarships for postgraduate study at leading universities worldwide.
Professor Paul Lane with African colleagues
Professor Paul Lane, the Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa, is helping to shape a dynamic future for the continent, built upon Africa’s unique history, cultural heritage and achievements.

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.

Professor Usha Goswami image credit Richard Marsham for Jesus College Cambridge
Professor Goswami has become Cambridge’s first Yidan Prize Laureate.
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Technology giant Tencent has made a generous gift to fund a new five-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Engineering, one of the leading centres of engineering in the world.
Stormzy seated and surrounded by students from the University of Cambridge Afro-Caribbean Society
British musician Stormzy is delighted to announce that he is funding a further two undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge this autumn.
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Trinity Hall alumnus and Goldman Sachs partner Iain Drayton explains why he’s funding a social media campaign to encourage more Black and ethnic minority students to apply
Microscopic image of brain inflammation from Alzheimer's Disease. Credit: National Institute on Aging, NIH
Research into neurodegenerative diseases will receive a significant boost, thanks to three new PhD studentships in Cambridge, supported by a grant of £227,557 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the freemasons’ charity.