Despite the hardened global economic conditions of 2009 the number of donors to the University rose dramatically, to exceed
the number of donors from our previous record-breaking year of 2006. It is an amazing testament to the loyalty and generosity of Sydney’s donors and their commitment to the work of this remarkable institution.
Understandably, the value of gifts given in 2009 was lower than those received in 2008, a phenomenon experienced by most charitable organisations in Australia and around the world. While 2008 was an exceptional year with $56 million raised, it was nonetheless encouraging to note that 2009 results were significantly higher than the University 5-year average. The
primary beneficiaries of donations were our faculties, with a strong emphasis on student access, and scholarships.