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

 
 
 
 
 
Sir James Dyson
Sir James Dyson tells us what inspired him to give to Cambridge and why the world needs engineers.
 
 
 
 
 
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”.

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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LycaHealth, the new healthcare brand, have presented a donation of £150,000 to Cambridge University to support Sri Lankan students and improve public health in Sri Lanka.   
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Multi-million pound legacy to create a new 'Ray and Dagmar Dolby Court' at Pembroke College
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The University of Cambridge is launching a new research centre, thanks to a £10 million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, to explore the opportunities and challenges to humanity from the development of artificial intelligence. 
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Magdalene College recently celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Mandela Magdalene scholarships which support graduates from South Africa in pursuing postgraduate study at Cambridge.  
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Philanthropic support of £5m from Cantab Capital Partners, establishes the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information.
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The Kirby Laing Foundation has donated £1.2 million to the University of Cambridge’s newly-launched fundraising campaign.
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University of Cambridge and the LEGO Foundation launch new research centre and professorship.
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Following the launch of the campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge, the University of Cambridge and Queens' College have announced a $25 million gift from Jamie Walters and Mohamed A. El-Erian to support the work of Queens’ College and the University’s Faculty of Economics.
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The collegiate University launched a £2bn fundraising campaign earlier this year, focusing on Cambridge’s impact on the world.
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A range of events took place last weekend to celebrate the launch of the collegiate University’s campaign.
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The University of Cambridge launched a £2 billion fundraising campaign this weekend as it announced that it has already raised more than £530 million towards that total.
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The University of Cambridge’s determination to enhance research capacity across Africa, and to engage in collaborative research with African partners, has been given a significant boost following the announcement of a major gift.
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The University of Cambridge has concluded a £4 million agreement with Chinese health firm Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. (Infinitus (China) for short) to explore the activity of plant-derived compounds at the molecular and cellular levels.
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New Fellowships have been announced today to enhance the next generation of public health leaders
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A couple who met at Downing as undergraduates are supporting their College’s outreach work in the South West of England. 
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American husband and wife philanthropists are to make a multi-million pound gift to the University of Cambridge to enhance the teaching and research of its prestigious Economics Faculty.
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AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge today announced three new joint schemes to support more than 80 PhD scholarships and eight clinical lectureships over the next five years spanning translational science, basic and clinical research. Two of the schemes are co-funded by the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and University of Cambridge.
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The Trinity Hall boathouse will be officially reopened  on 13th June after extensive refurbishment.  
Cover detail from the 2012-13 Donor Report
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The Donor Report for 2012-2013 celebrated the impact of a range of philanthropy across Collegiate Cambridge.