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Realising the vision of our donors
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Our donors create endless potential for our students, researchers and academics. That’s a community of more than 47,000 donors inspired to make lives better.

Our donors are game changers. They enable us to forge ahead with world-leading teaching and research, provide students with support to pursue their educational dreams, update and build state-of-the-art facilities, and integrate Indigenous perspectives in all we do. Donors are the cornerstones of the University. They transform lives and allow us to imagine more.

By realising the vision of our donors, we make a stronger impact.  

INSPIRED $500 million milestone

On 2 June 2015 INSPIRED reached $500 million. We sent this video to our donor community of more than 40,000 alumni and friends to thank them for their support. We have now raised more than $600 million since the campaign began in 2008.

Thank you

Thank you to our donors for helping us reach new heights. Donor support has seen us advance the fight against chronic disease, establish multidisciplinary centres, tackle pressing issues in Indigenous health and provide countless scholarships to students in need. Thank you for making this, and much more, possible.

Watch more videos.

Donor societies

Our donors are central to bringing life to new ideas.

Our donor societies recognise the ongoing generosity of our supporters and honour their loyalty, commitment and vision.

Named in honour of the University’s founders, the Founders’ Circle recognises supporters who have had an indelible effect on who we are today.

The society celebrates the remarkable contribution of philanthropy to the University, and recognises donors who change the lives of others through substantial giving.


Meghan Knox
Director, Stewarship
T +61 2 8627 8816

Named in honour of John Henry Challis, the first great benefactor of the University, the Challis Bequest Society recognises alumni and friends who choose to leave a bequest to the University.

Learn more about remembering the University in your will (PDF | 452KB).

Read the latest Challis Bequest Society newsletter.


Wendy Marceau
Senior Development Officer (Planned Giving)
T +61 2 8627 8492

The 1850 Society, named in honour of the University’s year of establishment, embodies the ideals that make our University great and supports our vision for the future of Australia and the wider world.

Members of the 1850 Society support the University by making annual gifts. They have committed to the continuing success of the University and their ongoing support allows us to plan for the future.


Meghan Knox
Director, Stewarship
T +61 2 8627 8816

Meghan Knox

Director, Stewardship
+61 2 8627 8816
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