What are the benefits of donating to the Trust?
There is philanthropic satisfaction in supporting outstanding students and enabling them to gain degrees from one of the world’s leading universities. Many students would not normally be able to afford this from their own resources.
The University of Cambridge’s stated aim is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Scholars at all levels of study within the University help to achieve that aim, and graduate research can (and often does) lead to major advances in many academic and applied fields.
In addition to contributing to the individual development of students, and therefore also of their home communities, a donor gains access to some of the brightest and most forward-looking minds in the University, and a pool of alumni with whom to keep in contact after they have completed their studies.
Major donors to the Trust, and thereby to the University, may be invited to join the Guild of Benefactors or the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle in recognition of their generosity. The names of individuals, companies, foundations and trusts that have been welcomed as Companions of the Guild since its inaugural ceremony in 1998 are recorded on the Benefactors’ Staircase in the Old Schools, the historic heart of the University. Cambridge Australia Scholarships, Thomas & Grace Chan, Yousef Jameel, the Open Society Foundations and Schlumberger have all been recognized in this way in recent years.