Our donors

Philanthropic partnerships have been vital to Cambridge's success throughout its history. The foresight of our benefactors today continues to enable us to serve society through academic excellence.

Our donors

 
 
 
 
 
Gifford Combs is shown at his admittance to the Guild of Benefactors
Ask Gifford Combs, MPhil (Queens’ 1983), what type of projects he likes to support philanthropically and he will use an interesting word: “orphans”.
 
 
 
 
 
Sir James Dyson
Sir James Dyson tells us what inspired him to give to Cambridge and why the world needs engineers.

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.

Gift announcement
Thanks to a $10 million endowment from Arcadia, the charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, a world-leading initiative in Cambridge is now developing unique new approaches to some of the biggest challenges facing the planet today
Gift announcement
The creation of the lectureship, based at the Department of Land Economy, was announced at a signing ceremony held in Hong Kong.
Gift announcement
Much of the world-changing research at the University of Cambridge is underpinned by postdocs - qualified researchers with fixed term contracts.
Gift announcement
Polish language, literature and culture will be a permanent feature of the University of Cambridge’s research and teaching following the signing, today, of an agreement with the University of Warsaw.
San rock art, Drakensberg
Gift announcement
A deeper understanding of Africa’s past will be enabled through a new Professorship of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.
R Derek Finlay, seen with Professor Dobson and the dedication plaque
Gift announcement
A gift from a Cambridge alumnus will support fundamental research into the causes of disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, enabling new approaches to combat them.
Sir David Attenborough in conversation with Dame Alison Richard (Chair, Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
Gift announcement
The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) has received an additional $1.5m of funding from one of its strongest supporters, Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The funding will be used to support innovative collaborations that integrate research, education, policy and practice for the conservation of the natural environment.
Gift announcement
One of the world’s most successful inventors – with over 400 patents to his name – best known for his bi-metal kettle controls used in two billion devices worldwide, is yet again turning his attention to philanthropy at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge
An Eastern Blue Groper (Achoerodus viridis). Image copyright Sylke Rohrlach
Gift announcement
A Cambridge alumna has given a 'birthday present' to the Department of Zoology, as it celebrates 150 years of zoology at the University.
A laboratory scientist
Gift announcement
Established as a charity in 1920, the Evelyn Trust makes grants to support medical research and health and wellbeing projects in Cambridgeshire. The Trust is particularly interested in research projects that have the potential to deliver transformational change, such as demonstration or pilot projects.
The wetlands of the Camargue, France. Image copyright Josef Grunig and used under a Creative Commons licence
Gift announcement
The MAVA Foundation has given a £1.14 million grant to Cambridge’s Department of Zoology to support its 'Conservation Evidence' project.
Laser laboratory in the Department of Chemistry
Gift announcement
Gift from The Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation for new laboratory in the Department of Chemistry – The Sir Rodney Sweetnam Laboratory for Micro and Nanoscale Biomedical Science.