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.

PhD student and representatives from the Masonic Charitable Foundation
Cambridgeshire freemasons discover how support from the Masonic Charitable Foundation is helping dementia patients
Cambridge students join forces with Ewan Kirk to launch the Kirk Global Challenge to jump-start economic growth in the developing world
Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship holder Humaira Rahbin is passionate about women's rights and gender equality.
Six Cambridge students and alumni have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars to undertake a prestigious graduate fellowship at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The late Jo Cox
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.

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.

Alumna’s passion for Amazonia inspires new lectureship
The University of Cambridge and Hitachi Ltd have signed a new agreement to continue and grow their long-standing relationship through the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL), part of the European R&D Centre of Hitachi Europe Ltd.
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.