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.

Dr Ewan Kirk
Launched in January 2019, the Isaac Newton Institute now proudly hosts the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship scheme.
In June 2016 we were shocked and saddened by the death of Jo Cox MP. Jo joined Pembroke College in 1992. Following her tragic murder, the students, staff, alumni and friends of Pembroke joined forces to raise money to fund the study of refugees and migration, to honour Jo and her passionate advocacy on behalf of those without a voice.
Cairngorms from above with low lying clouds. Photo by James-Shooter
Ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity provide clean air, fresh water, food and fuel, and protect us from the worst effects of floods and storms. They inspire us and improve our wellbeing. Yet landscapes across Europe are under threat.
A report published earlier this year by the University of Cambridge Sports Service found that undergraduate students who participated in University-level sport performed just as well academically, if not better, than the undergraduate population as a whole.
23 Harding Scholars standing in front of St Catherine's College with the VC Stephen Troope and philanthropist David Harding
The first Harding Scholars were welcomed this week at a special event at St Catharine's College.

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.

Matt Hutnell, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope and Manroop Khela
Cambridge has signed its 5th partnership agreement with Santander. In a collaboration that spans 15 years and exceeds £3 million, Santander’s support programme is assisting students across the Collegiate University with bursaries and internships.
Professor Sarah Franklin, Daniel Gerring and Elisabeth Sandler
Law firm Travers Smith LLP is the first corporate supporter of the University’s lgbtQ@cam programme
Professor Usha Goswami image credit Richard Marsham for Jesus College Cambridge
Professor Goswami has become Cambridge’s first Yidan Prize Laureate.
Colour abstract depiction of geometric lines and symbols
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.