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.
Within weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia, and the subsequent restrictions immediately affecting study and employment, the University received countless emails from students who did not know how they were going to continue to study and afford basic living and housing expenses.Read more about Supporting students during COVID-19
Thanks to a generous donation from Mr Ian Wall AM (BE 1955) and Mrs Pamela Wall OAM, the University of Adelaide is playing a major role in the investigation into COVID-19 immunity and an international vaccine study.Read more about World-first COVID-19 research to drive treatment and vaccine
Research into Alzheimer’s disease, one of the leading causes of disability and death in Australians aged 65 years or older, has achieved an important breakthrough thanks to University of Adelaide researchers – and long-term donors, the Carthew Foundation.Read more about Research gives new insight into Alzheimer’s disease
Donald Alexander AM (B E (Civil) 1951), who died in 2015, was a leader in water engineering in South Australia for four decades. He led the Engineering and Water Supply Department; served as the Murray Darling Basin Commissioner; worked as Director of the Lands Department; and Chaired the State Capital Works Committee. Don had a strong belief that education had the power to solve society’s problems.Read more about Sisters united in honouring their father’s legacy
In a relationship which has spanned nearly six decades, funding from the NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (NRF) has been instrumental to the University delivering significant research findings and improving health outcomes and quality of life for thousands of people.Read more about Parkinson research improving quality of life for thousands
Each year the cost of required textbooks can be prohibitive for students experiencing financial hardship.Read more about Student wellbeing at the forefront of the Law Students Society
This year’s Barr Smith appeal raised enough funds to secure access to two new and invaluable collections – the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall and Migration to New Worlds. These collections will benefit students, like Master of Music student Andrew Groch, and researchers across numerous disciplines.Read more about Funding critical library resources
Augustus Short Scholarships support high-performing students who come from rural or remote areas, face financial hardship or another disadvantage. Thanks to the generosity of more than 330 donors, enough money has been raised in 2019 to offer an additional scholarship in perpetuity.Read more about Supporting high-performing students in need
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