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.

Anwar Jaber
"Our buildings and cities play a major role in who we think we are – they contribute towards our collective consciousness and identity as a nation. Under political conflict such as in Palestine, the role of the built environment becomes even more significant as it expresses a form of national identity and unity."
Neil Cunningham
"More than six years ago, I came to Cambridge for my interview at Trinity. I had no training for it, had never been there and no idea what to expect, but I fell in love with Cambridge at first sight and I felt completely at home in my interview."
Earth seen from space tinted blue
The Dear World Yours Cambridge campaign has now reached £1.5 billion towards its £2 billion goal.
Gates Scholar alumni
The Class of 2019 includes citizens from 37 different countries and the first scholars from Burundi and Mongolia. This year 27 universities have produced their first Gates Cambridge Scholar.
Cambridge and Heidelberg announce major project to digitise treasured medieval manuscripts
Centuries-old manuscripts feature the works of Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles and Euripides.

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.

Girton 150 Anniversary cake
Girton’s Mistress, Professor Susan J Smith, was delighted to announce, with great gratitude, that the College has received one of the largest gifts in A Great Campaign
Law students in lecture theatre
Slaughter and May is launching a generous bursary scheme for Cambridge law students oriented around financial need.
A generous gift from alumnus Mark Hanson (Girton 1985) has made possible a new Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP) to support exceptional scholar athletes.
Claudia and David Harding
Cambridge University has announced an unprecedented £100 million gift to help attract the most talented postgraduate and undergraduate students from the UK and around the world
A new training and research programme at the University of Cambridge will fund PhD students and early-career researchers as they work to develop technologies for the world’s future energy and computational needs.