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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How will philanthropy impact the University’s future?
Children looking at globe
The second phase of the interdisciplinary Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme, a collaboration between the Philomathia Foundation and the University, has been launched to enable further pioneering work in addressing some of the major issues facing humanity today.
Simon Sainsbury Centre. Photo credit: Hufton and Crow
On 1 May 2018, the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) celebrated the opening of the Simon Sainsbury Centre presided over by his Royal Highness the Duke of York.
In the laboratory at the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology building
The new building is the first of its kind to house the whole cycle of scientific investigation in chemical engineering and biotechnology, and its teaching and commercialisation, under one roof: from fundamental research right through to technology innovation, development and spin-out.
Philomathia Africa Programme gift agreement signing in Trinity Hall on 4 February 2018. Image by Stephen Bond Photography
A programme launched jointly by the University, Trinity Hall and the Philomathia Foundation will create new research and teaching collaborations with African universities, scholars and students in the social sciences to help seek solutions to some of the world’s most intractable challenges.

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
Stormzy with Cambridge students on the steps of Senate House at the University
British musician Stormzy has announced ‘The Stormzy Scholarship’, a brand new studentship scheme for University of Cambridge students that will see four British black students provided with financial support during their degree courses.
The University of Cambridge will establish a DeepMind Chair of Machine Learning, thanks to a benefaction from the world-leading British AI company.  
Tony Whitten in Raja Ampat, on his final voyage
A new lectureship in Marine Biology has been created in the Department of Zoology, with the intention of strengthening the Department’s capability as a centre of excellence in the research and teaching of marine biology.
The long-sought dream of wearable and mobile devices that will interpret, replicate and influence people’s emotions and perceptions will soon be a reality thanks to a collaboration between the University and Nokia Bell Labs.
The Bennett Institute for Public Policy will address emerging global patterns of inequality and social unrest by offering a unique combination of deep research, high-level training and effective policy engagement.