15 September: UCL launches philanthropic giving Campaign
15 September 2016
The target is one of the biggest ever seen in the UK’s higher education sector, with only Oxford and Cambridge raising larger levels of philanthropic funding through their campaigns.
The Campaign is launching with a current total of £253m already raised, which represents 20,707 donations by 10,287 donors from 76 countries since 2011.
The funding will support the university to achieve some of its biggest strategic ambitions, with projects ranging from UCL East, a major new campus on the Olympic Park, funding for critical mass thinking in the Institute of Advanced Studies, and a new state of the art home for its world-leading dementia research community, which includes two Nobel Laureates and the UK’s first winner of the Breakthrough Prize.
In addition to raising philanthropic funding, the Campaign will also focus on growing and increasing the involvement of its global alumni community of over 200,000, reflecting the importance of long-term international relationship building to the university’s success.
UCL’s President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur, said:
“UCL was set up by people who wanted to change the world by doing things differently, and philanthropy was a major part of making that happen right from the start. Nearly 200 years later, we are still driven by that founding ethos – to make a tangible difference to individuals and societies around the world by giving brilliant people the space to try new things and think differently. Philanthropy is a crucial part of enabling that to happen, which hugely extends the reach of what we do and the speed at which we can do it. I’m very excited to be launching one of the Europe’s most ambitious fundraising campaigns, and even more excited about all the benefits it will bring. “UCL has a global vision and a global impact. Our community is international, with staff and students representing every corner of the world, who come here because it’s a place where they know they can make a real difference. And their work is supported by generous philanthropic gifts from a community of donors that is also increasingly international. The great challenges of health, well-being, sustainability and equality don’t have borders and neither does the work to develop the solutions. Following the result of the EU referendum, it’s more important than ever to champion that spirit of international partnership. I’m very proud that this ambitious fundraising campaign will have a truly global effect.”