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Stories of giving

Donations that are already making a difference

Inspired by our unique research and teaching philosophy, a number of generous donations from amazing donors are already helping us further our research and teaching.

Gifts to the Charles Perkins Centre have enabled us to set-up new research laboratories and establish a record number of academic Chairs. These Chairs give top research scientists a permanent home at the Centre from which to pursue their innovative research ideas.

Donations have also helped us establish a number of scholarships and are assisting us to grow our talent pool and bring in the scientists of tomorrow by supporting early-career researchers.

All donations made to the Charles Perkins Centre will also count towards the INSPIRED Campaign, the University of Sydney’s campaign to raise funds for research, teaching and program on campus. 

Past stories

09 October 2017

The major donation that began with dinner under the stars

Twenty years ago, Dr Virginia Hood had dinner in the desert with Dr Charles Perkins AO. Now her donation to the University of Sydney is supporting the research centre named in his honour.

World-first research from the Charles Perkins Centre

Food intake is regulated primarily by dietary protein and carbohydrate, and not by the number of calories consumed, according to the most comprehensive study of macronutrient balance ever undertaken.

Healthy future: investing in children

For the first time in history, the rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors are rising in children above the rates observed in adults.

Filling the gap in oral health

A recent donation to the Faculty of Dentistry and Charles Perkins Centre will facilitate new research into dental health and chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Major gift to child health research

Generous $5 million gift to the Charles Perkins Centre will fast-track child health research and oversee an Australian-first study of 10,000 couples and their children.

Picasso masterpiece raised A$20.6 million to fund Sydney research

In 2010 an anonymous donor gave the University a 1935 portrait by Picasso of his lover, Marie-Therese Walter, titled Jeune fille endormie. The proceeds of $20.6 million will fund research at Charles Perkins Centre.

Cyanide-eating butterflies led to Charles Perkins Centre appointment

Professor Raubenheimer has taken up the Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology, the first of several chairs that will be funded by the proceeds of the 2011 sale of a Picasso donated to the University.

Generous gift supports Charles Perkins Centre

The generous gift made at the official opening of the $385 million Charles Perkins Centre research and education hub by University supporters Judith and David Coffey brings the total raised by the CPC to over $93 million.