INSPIRED – the campaign to support the University of Sydney has reached its goal of $600 million, two years ahead of schedule.
Launched in 2008, the ten-year fundraising campaign was the first and most ambitious of its kind in Australian higher education. With its original goal now realised, INSPIRED’s new target has been revised to $750 million by the end of 2017.
“We’ve reached this goal thanks to more than 43,000 generous supporters who have donated to the University since the campaign began,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
“Reaching our goal more than two years early demonstrates a common belief that the University is at the forefront of meaningful change to our society, pursuing ideas that will shape our future.
“The impact that we can make with $600 million is already being seen on a local, national and global scale. Setting a new target gives us the opportunity to do even more.”
The impact that we can make with $600 million is already being seen on a local, national and global scale.
Donations this year to INSPIRED include:
“The success of the campaign shows that the culture of philanthropy in Australia is growing at an unprecedented pace. This bodes well for universities across the nation, and for the University of Sydney in particular,” said Tim Dolan, Vice Principal (Advancement) at the University of Sydney.
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