Impact of giving

From bursaries, scholarships, and new academic posts to new initiatives, buildings and facilities, philanthropy ensures that we continue to lead and inspire the world in our teaching and research, nurturing exceptional minds and driving the discoveries of the future.

Impact of giving

From bursaries, scholarships, and new academic posts to new initiatives, buildings and facilities, philanthropy ensures that we continue to lead and inspire the world in our teaching and research, nurturing exceptional minds and driving the discoveries of the future.

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.

decorative
The Fundraising Campaign to build a ground-breaking 35,000sqm children’s hospital in Cambridge has passed the halfway mark of its £100m target, reaching over £56m in pledges and gifts secured.
decorative
Alumna Jingwen Fan (Emmanuel 2017) has been announced as the 2023 Lady Mireille and Sir Dennis Gillings Global Public Health Fellow for the University of Cambridge.
decorative
In a new project about to get underway in our Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre, researchers will explore over time the impact of physical computing on children who are introduced to it at primary school.
decorative
Following Professor Sir Harry Bhadeshia’s retirement, Professor Howard Stone has been appointed to the post, which was endowed in 2008 by a generous gift from Tata Steel.
decorative
Depth of research and interdisciplinarity were key themes at a celebration of the programme held at St Catharine’s College.

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.

decorative
A new global health institute dedicated to advancing vaccine technology is to be established thanks to a new strategic partnership involving the University of Cambridge, along with the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), thanks to philanthropic funding from the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). 
decorative
The Global Talent Lab (GTL), in partnership with XTX Markets and the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology (DSIT), is launching the 'Backing Invisible Geniuses' (BIG) UK Programme today. This initiative enables outstanding students from across the globe to study Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics at Cambridge.
decorative
The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy is pleased to announce the establishment in perpetuity of the Mike Ashby Associate Professorship to support researchers in the early stages of their careers.
A person holds a computer chip in their left hand and a mobile phone is visible in front of them
Nokia Bell Labs extends their support by providing flexible funding.
Honored guests at the dedication of the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute
A newly-opened institute dedicated to improving cardiovascular and lung health has received a £16 million gift from Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr Victor Dahdaleh.

Donor stories

Discover why philanthropy matters and how it makes Cambridge better still. Hear from our donors about their philanthropic motivations and from those who have been supported by such gifts during their time at the University.

decorative
After a long and rich life in tune with both numbers and notes, computing trailblazer Margaret Marrs leaves a bequest as well-rounded as she was.
decorative
I couldn’t be prouder of the difference Gates Cambridge scholars are making, and the leaders they have become.
decorative
Volunteer Siobhan Cassidy (Homerton 1994) reflects on giving back, organising the 2021 Boat Race and the power of sport.
decorative
University volunteer and philanthropist Eashwar Krishnan’s (Trinity 1996) time at Cambridge was supported with a Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund scholarship. Today, he supports postgraduate students “trying to give back and replicate the structure of incredible generosity” shown to him.
Christina Dawson
Philanthropists Christina and Peter Dawson have been long-term supporters of St Catharine’s College, Selwyn College, and the University of Cambridge. They are based in California. Christina spoke with us about what motivates her to give back and how philanthropy can help disadvantaged students fulfill their potential.