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.

 
 
 
 
 
Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that now, more than ever, the world needs to harness deep expertise and collaborative thinking to tackle a global challenge. And at Cambridge, the power of philanthropy is enabling researchers and scientists to do just that.
The Boundless Sea
David Abulafia's The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, a global history of humankind told through our relationship with the world’s oceans has won the Wolfson History Prize 2020, the most prestigious history prize in the UK. 
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Since the University of Cambridge launched its COVID-19 research fund in March, more than 250 donors have given generously to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
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COVID-19 has dramatically altered our students’ university experience, radically changing the Cambridge they know and exacerbating any underlying disadvantages.
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Huw Price, retiring Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, reflects on the journey that brought him to Cambridge

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 Christoph Lock, Badr Jafar, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope
New centre will examine strategic philanthropy within and from the world’s highest-growth markets, including Africa, developing Asia and the Middle East
A new initiative at Cambridge will equip young researchers outside computer science with the skills they need to use machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to power their research.
A new initiative at Cambridge will equip young researchers outside computer science with the skills they need to use machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to power their research.
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Alumna’s passion for Amazonia inspires new lectureship
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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.