Impact of Giving

Sharing our supporters' stories is an important way to acknowledge their generosity. We celebrate the impact of every gift, big and small.

Our donors are inspirational. Although every donor has a very personal reason for giving, the outcome of each gift is the same – transformation. Helping disadvantaged students access scholarships, contributing to the growth of our library collections, funding cutting-edge research, leaving generous gifts in a Will – there isn't a single part of the University that isn't impacted by philanthropy.

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If these stories inspire you, as they inspire us, we invite you to make a gift today.

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Our crowd steps up for families of Rajasthan

Thanks to the generous response of our University community, more than 1,000 families in India’s north-west will have the capacity to maintain a reliable supply of drinking water.

A life, and a love, remembered

Nothing can replace the loss of someone dear to us. For Graham Smith, establishing a scholarship in the name of his late partner, Rosa Samuels, is a fitting way to honour her memory. 

Giving back

Alastair McEwin was born deaf. He was also, it seems, born to lead. His personal success has only increased his desire to share the inspiring sense of support he felt as a scholarship recipient.

Investing in the future

The stunning new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building is a truly world-class facility. We owe this achievement, in no small part, to the incredible generosity of our donors.

Celebrating our volunteers

Volunteering provides an integral link between the University and the wider community. In 2018, a total of 2801 selfless individuals gave their time in support of our many education and research-related endeavours.

Gift secures renowned visiting professorship

Dr Lee's generous bequest, now endowed, will generate sufficient ongoing income to fund the Milton Sims Visiting Professorship annually. It will also support ongoing biological research.

Prescribing philanthrophy

The Adelaide University Medical Orchestra Foundation donated all proceeds from their annual jazz performance to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its Indigenous recording studio. 

Scholarship's lasting value

Dr Justin Hardi, scholarship recipient of the 2006 Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Scholarship, now leads the Combustion Dynamics Group at the Institute of Space Propulsion of Germany’s National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre.

  • Our Donor Charter

    We are grateful for the remarkable support from all of our donors, and we are committed to building a relationship of mutual trust and respect. It's important to us that we make clear our commitment to you, our donors. We commit to:

    • Acknowledging every donation

    All of our donors will receive an official University of Adelaide receipt, and appropriate acknowledgement, recognition and publicity.

    •  Using gifts in accordance with the intentions of the donor

    We will ensure that all gifts are administered consistently with the letter and spirit of the law and are used in accordance with the donors’ intentions. Undesignated donations will be used to support the University’s highest priorities.

    • Respecting the privacy of donors

    We will respect the privacy of our donors, and will provide anonymity for donors who request it. Donor information will be used by the University to maintain contact with donors and keep donors up-to-date with information about the University, its services, events and achievements. Donors’ names may be published in the annual Impact of Giving report.

    • Being transparent and informative

    Representatives of the University will at all times identify themselves as such when they contact current or potential donors. Once a donation has been made, the University will provide benefactors with regular reports about the way gifts have contributed to our success.

    We ascribe to the Code of Practice for Australian University Philanthropy

  • Endowment Report