University of Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign

University of Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign

University of Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign

It shows that, despite the economic downturn, the Colleges and the University have maintained the momentum of this important fundraising campaign.

At the end of the financial year 2009/10, the Campaign had raised £1,037 million from alumni and friends of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said: “This report highlights the outstanding achievement of my predecessor, Professor Dame Alison Richard, in launching and driving forward this Campaign and reaching its £1 billion milestone two years early.

The Campaign is continuing. In this time of uncertainty, visionary benefactors, both large and small, will be a crucial element in maintaining our ‘edge of excellence’ and will ensure that we continue to develop the people, knowledge and ideas that will transform tomorrow”.

800th anniversary fund reaches £940 million

Campaign to raise £1 billion by 2012 is on course, according to report

The total amount donated to the University of Cambridge’s 800th Anniversary Campaign reached £940 million in 2008-09, according to a recent report.

The goal of the fundraising initiative, described as “the most ambitious in British educational history”, is to enable the University to secure its future as one of the world’s leading centres for education and research by raising £1 billion for the University by 2012.

£139 million was raised by the campaign in 2008-09, according to the report. Nearly half of this sum was given in the form of gifts to individual colleges, such as the £30 million given to Murray Edwards College by alumna Dr Rosalind Smith and her husband Steven Edwards.

Substantial donations have also been received by the University itself, as well as by individual institutions such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the University Library.