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.

Thirty students at the University of Cambridge have benefitted from bursaries distributed from the Get in Cambridge campaign. The campaign, originally designed for social media, aims to increase the number of students from historically under-represented backgrounds applying to Cambridge.
Thanks to the Cambridge Trust and the Cambridge Refugee Scholarship Campaign, the University of Cambridge is helping talented students from areas of conflict and instability access world-class further education.
Dr Dorsey came to Newnham College as a Fulbright Scholar studying history. She became an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1998 and received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Law) from the University of Cambridge in 2002. In 1974, she became president of Goucher College in Towson, MD, the first woman to hold that post and the longest continuously serving president of the college until her retirement in 1994.
We welcome our third cohort of Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars to the University of Cambridge. The 2021 intake includes 26 students from 15 countries, studying subjects from Archaeology to Zoology — and virtually everything in between — at 16 Colleges.
The University of Cambridge aims to support hundreds of UK state school students through their A-levels with enhanced learning, encouragement and mentoring as part of a pilot widening participation initiative.

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.

Centre of Mathematical Sciences, West Cambridge
Research software engineers will bridge the gap between modern science and scalable complex software at four leading universities
Professor Rob Miller and researchers at the Whittle Laboratory
The Centre, based at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory, will play a key role in accelerating the decarbonisation of flight and power generation
The University of Cambridge announces the launch of the Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science, and the Public, to engage publics and scientists with the ethical implications of scientific discovery and its impact on society.
Blue sky with green scales and grass meant to represent the legal system
As society grapples with the challenges and solutions around combatting climate change, the field of climate law will play a vital role.
Amazonian rainforest
The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) will use a combination of AI and satellite sensing to build a decentralised marketplace of verifiable carbon credits