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.

A Foundation Year offering talented students from backgrounds of educational and social disadvantage a new route to undergraduate study at Cambridge has been launched thanks to the generosity of founding benefactors, Christina and Peter Dawson.
Student support is a key priority for Cambridge: gifts enable young people to study here who could not otherwise do so.
Pragya Singh (St Edmunds) outside Senate House
Philanthropy has made a huge difference to students like Pragya who would otherwise have had to abandon their studies
Ann and Chris Dobson
Ann’s Court at Selwyn College is a lasting tribute to alumnus Chris Dobson's love for his late wife Ann.
Ollie Cast, Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholar
Oliver Cast (Clare Hall) tells us about the difference a fully funded scholarship has made to him and to his laboratory. Through his Harding Scholarship, he too is making a difference, in the area of cancer research.

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.

pattern of lights forming the shape of a human brain
Four MPhil scholarships and one PhD will be available to qualifying Cambridge students for study in autumn 2021.
Dr Yusuf Hamied
Dr Hamied (Christ’s 1954) is a longstanding supporter of chemistry at Cambridge.
The projects are intended to advance our knowledge of the archaeology of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and help archaeologists and heritage managers in these regions develop more sustainable approaches to protecting and monitoring endangered heritage
Professors Neil Lawrence and Sophie Delacroix
A new initiative from the Department of Computer Science and Technology will build a community of researchers and social entrepreneurs developing fresh approaches to data governance challenges.
Founded in 2018 and formally established in August 2019, the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement (HHCCCE) has, after a successful pilot period, now been pledged £4.5 million by a private trust to allow it to rapidly expand its work.