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Give the gift of positive change
With generous help and support from the community, we continue to develop initiatives that make a meaningful difference.

Thanks to crowdfunding, philanthropic donations and generous bequests, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is able to embark on life-changing research, award scholarships and international residencies, upgrade to cutting-edge facilities, create prizes to help elevate the literary landscape and more.

Through individual, industry and community collaboration, the University is reimagining the future – by using diamonds to find tumours, prose to prevent ageing and the heart to fight dementia. Together, we're making a difference. 

Ways of giving

Every gift we receive makes a positive difference to our work and contributes to the important role that research and education performs within our community - both in Australia and globally.

You may wish to consider helping us in one or more of the following ways:

  • Annual gifts – contribute towards a groundswell of support for our core programs
  • Memorial gifts – allow you to express your love for a family member, friend or colleague
  • Major gifts – make a significant impact in a discipline or project that’s special to you
  • Principal gifts – have a momentous and far-reaching impact on our mission
  • Legacy gifts – sustain your values and vision for the benefit of future generations

Looking to give back in other ways? Find out how you can get involved in volunteering opportunities to support our students, staff and graduates.

Types of support

Options to support the humanities and social sciences include the following, which may be established on a faculty-wide basis or within a specific academic department or subject:

  • Professorial Chair
  • Lectureship
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Scholarship

Endowed gifts

Endowed gifts, which have a long-lasting impact and provide the faculty with increased certainty in the planning process, work in the follow ways:

  • Gifts are professionally managed through the University of Sydney’s Investment and Capital Management program.
  • Steady annual distributions of income are managed to fund ongoing academic positions and annual student scholarships.
  • Gift projects can be named in recognition of the donor, their family, or for someone they wish to remember or honour, such as a parent or inspiring teacher.
  • Regular reports are provided to you, for assurance that educational enrichment and public benefit is being established.
The financial support is one side of it, but actually allowing yourself to do it is the other. To say, 'I can take three months out of my life to focus on my practice'. I felt so privileged to be able to go.
Artist Catherine O’Donnell, recipient of the Power Institute’s residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Guy Houghton

Associate Director, Development
I have established a prize for undergraduates and a scholarship to enable students to travel to Japan during their postgraduate studies in Japanese culture. I have also decided to leave a bequest to the University to support research in the study of Japanese literature.
Honorary Associate Professor Sakuko Matsui, who is dedicated to the study of Japanese language and literature

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