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 COVID-19 pandemic will have a “profound” impact on philanthropy through forging more active collaboration and ensuring more equitable responses, Bill Gates said in an interview with Badr Jafar (Churchill College, 1997), founding patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School.
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A Cambridge-developed vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 could begin clinical trials in the UK in late autumn or early next year, thanks to a £1.9million award from the UK government.
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The University of Cambridge and Royal Papworth Hospital have secured £1.5million of funding as part of the national effort by UK immunologists to understand immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
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Cambridge University is using targeted social media videos to reach teenagers from UK Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and break down misconceptions that might put them off applying.
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Resolute, despite COVID-19, our collegiate community has united, finding novel ways to respond to challenging conditions, creating opportunities to contribute to society and help each other.  Their grassroots endeavours demonstrate the collective might of our students, staff, alumni and the wider community, whether that might is physical, intellectual, emotional or financial. 

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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Founded in 2018 and formally established in August 2019, the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement (HHCCCE) has, after a successful pilot period, now been pledged £4.5 million by a private trust to allow it to rapidly expand its work.
The COVID-19 pandemic will have a “profound” impact on philanthropy through forging more active collaboration and ensuring more equitable responses, Bill Gates said in an interview with Badr Jafar, founding patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School.
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.