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.

 
 
 
 
 
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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.
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Oliver (Robinson 1999) and Jodie (Robinson 2001) Millican made a generous gift of £50,000 to establish the Windward Bursary for Women in STEMM. The Bursary is means-tested and awarded to female undergraduates studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine.
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Gates Cambridge Trustee and alumna Julia Fan Li (St John's 2008) reflects on the life-changing impact of the scholarship over its first 20 years.
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A legacy gift to Lucy Cavendish from the Charitable Foundation of the late Ernest Hecht OBE will fund two new studentships.
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“Climate change is perhaps the most urgent issue of our generation and time may well be running out for us to halt the rise in global temperatures,” says Jamie Arnell (Downing 1988) who is supporting the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge (CCRC) to find innovative solutions to help repair our climate.

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.

 
 
 
 
 
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Disseminating research at the frontier of economics is just one of the roles of the new Weslie and William Janeway Institute for Economics, which will shape young minds and transform economic research.
Left: Group of students sitting and talking with Cambridge Foundation Year logo overlaid. Right: Headshot of Ian Mason
Ian Mason (Pembroke 1984), was CEO of Domestic & General (‘D&G’), the appliance care specialist, between 2016-2021. Ian very sadly died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2021. Friends and family, D&G and its employees as well as the private equity firm CVC and its philanthropic foundation have given generously in his honour.
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A gift from Twitter will fund four scholarships in machine learning (ML) in the Department of Computer Science and Technology.
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The Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre will work with educators to translate its research into practice and effect positive change in learners’ lives.