The ‘Whose life will you change?’ campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the significant impacts philanthropic donations have on universities - and ultimately on wider society as a whole. In essence, the campaign is seeking to encourage more people to consider a university as one of their charitable priorities.

Everyone’s lives are touched by universities in some way - not just those who have studied at a university. For example, many of the real battles against disease, poverty and climate change are taking place in university laboratories and seminar rooms. Universities also play a vital role in the economic well-being and development of communities at a local and national level.

Among other things, donations also help to make good institutions even better by funding research, new facilities and nurturing tomorrow’s talent through bursaries and scholarships.

The transformational effects on the individual lives of those who have attended university are also enormous. If university has changed your life, think about giving something back - small, regular donations can make a real difference.

The campaign is running in support of the Government’s £200million matched funding scheme which means your donation could be worth up to twice as much so there’s never been a better time to give.

The campaign involves a variety of initiatives involving universities across the country. Visit the news pages on this site regularly to find out more about the latest campaign activity and how you can get involved and help change lives.

Why donate

From educating students to pursuing ground-breaking research, the impacts of universities is far reaching. Find out more about the difference your donation can make.

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Making a donation

Want to give the gift of knowledge and donate to a university? Find out more about what you need to do here.

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The photographs on this website have been used with the kind permission of those featured in the case studies and also the University of Leeds, Loughborough University and Queen Mary, University of London.

“I think this kind of giving is an investment, very much contributing towards people’s futures. I feel that Birkbeck gave to me and it’s my turn to reciprocate.” - Kimberley Bingham, Birkbeck, University of London Alumni


Visit the News pages on this site regularly to find out more about the latest campaign activity and how you can get involved and help change lives.

Fundraising: good for university coffers, good for university morale

Professor Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor of Bristol University, comments in The Guardian – click here to read.

Infographic - philanthropic donations to UK universities

To see a snapshot of the current levels of philanthropic giving to UK universities, click here.

Charitable donations to universites increase despite recession UK universities secured over £0.5 billion in charitable donations in the academic year 2008-9, according to this year’s Ross-CASE survey, the only comprehensive source of information on higher education philanthropic income in the UK. The donations will be used to support a wide range of initiatives, from accelerating research and building new facilities, to providing bursaries for students.

Why donate? Watch this video case study’