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.

The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) announced today by the Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser.
The race is on to find a vaccine against the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Professor Jonathan Heeney explains why a cautious approach is needed and how his team is using new technology developed for influenza and Ebola viruses to target the new infection.
Dr Charles Chen Yidan, co-founder of Chinese internet giant Tencent, presented the Yidan Prize for Education Research to Professor Usha Goswami at a ceremony at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Thanks to funding from an anonymous donation, Lizzie Bowes (Newnham 2016) became the second Schools Liaison Officer for Trinity College earlier this academic year. Having been the first student from her state school to study at Cambridge, she is passionate about encouraging talented students who are under-represented at the University to attend open days and residential courses.
PhD student and representatives from the Masonic Charitable Foundation
Cambridgeshire freemasons discover how support from the Masonic Charitable Foundation is helping dementia patients

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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.