Where does my donation go?
All gifts received support the University of Melbourne or its affiliates. As a donor, you can choose where your gift will be directed or decide to leave the gift unrestricted so the University can direct your support toward priority areas. Call us (+61 3 9035 4054) or send an email to seek advice on directing your gift.
Can I include a gift to the University in my Will?
Yes. There are many ways in which a gift in your Will can help the University well into the future. For more information please contact our Head of Bequests, Merrilyn Julian (+61 3 8344 1745) or Bequests Manager, Dr Jennifer Henry (+61 3 8344 3640)
Is my gift tax deductible?
All donations to the University of Melbourne in Australia of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers. More information on tax deductible gifts made outside Australia.
Can I claim a tax deduction for my gift?
Yes. The University is a certified Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and all gifts of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers. If you are a taxpayer in the UK, USA or Canada, please visit our giving from overseas page for information about directing a tax deductible gift or gift in your Will to the University.
Will I receive a receipt for my gift?
Yes. We aim to provide donors with receipts for their gifts within 1-3 business days. If you have made a gift online, you will receive your receipt via email once payment has been approved. If you have chosen to make a recurring monthly gift, you will receive a receipt at the end of the financial year.
I would like to support the University, but not necessarily financially. Are there other ways I can contribute?
Yes. In a first for Australia, we have committed to engaging 100,000 members of our alumni community in the life of the University.
We did this as we believe giving your time to volunteer and participate in University activities is just as important as making a financial gift. Email our Alumni Relations Office or phone +61 3 9035 3588 to register your interest and discuss volunteer opportunities.
I live outside Australia. Am I still able to donate?
Yes. Donations can be made using a credit card through the University’s donations page. If you have any questions please call us on +61 3 9035 4054 or send an email to discuss your particular situation.
If you live, or are a taxpayer in the UK, USA, or Canada, visit our overseas giving page for more information on directing a tax deductible gift or bequest to the University.
How can I make sure the intended faculty/college/affiliate receives my gift?
We are committed to the responsible management and oversight of the gifts we receive through the generosity of donors past and present. The University of Melbourne Foundation and Trusts Committee helps University Council with monitoring how the University receives, tracks and applies gifts based on the wishes expressed by donors.
The Committee reports annually to Council and donors on the overall management and administration of philanthropic income at the University.
How can I keep up to date with the progress of the Believe Campaign?
We will update progress on the Campaign through this website and Melbourne Alumni eNews. Find out all the ways you can connect with us.
What is the Donor Charter?
The University is committed to the highest levels of donor stewardship. It adheres to the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (A.V.C.C.) Code of Practice for Australian Philanthropy. The University of Melbourne recognises the following Rights of Donors:
- A Donor can expect to be informed of the University's mission, of the way the University intends to use the gift, and of its capacity to use gifts effectively for their intended purposes
- A Donor can expect that the University and its staff will actively and positively provide relevant information on the University, and the use of, and progress with, the gift
- A Donor can expect to be informed of the identity of the University's key personnel involved in managing the gift
- A Donor can expect that the behaviour of individuals representing the University will be professional in nature
- A Donor can expect to be informed whether those seeking gifts from them are volunteers, University staff, or engaged agents
- A Donor can expect that no program, agreement, trust or contract will be pursued with potential Donors at the expense of the Donor’s best interest and motivations
- A Donor can expect that their details will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with any organisation outside the University without their explicit permission.
How are gifts to the University invested and managed?
The University of Melbourne is one of the largest trustees of charitable trusts in Australia, with more than 1,000 charitable trusts established by gifts and bequests during its 163 year history.
With a total capital value of $849.7 million, these trusts provide income for a wide range of University purposes, including funding for scholarships, bursaries and prizes for students, staff Fellowships, Professorial chair positions, research funding, books and publications, and faculty equipment. As trustee, the University has a responsibility to carry out the trust terms and to preserve the trust capital by prudent investment.
The University’s annual Investment Report provides an overview of how these trust funds are invested and managed: Trusts Investment Report 2017 (PDF)
How are gifts to the University overseen and monitored?
The University of Melbourne is committed to the responsible management and oversight of the gifts that it receives through the generosity of its donors past and present. The University receives gifts through University of Melbourne Advancement, which is governed by fundraising conduct and principles outlined in its Advancement Policy. In April 2013, Council established a new committee, the University of Melbourne Foundation and Trusts Committee, to assist Council with monitoring how the University receives, tracks and applies gifts based on the wishes expressed by donors.
- The Inaugural Chair of the Committee is The Hon. Justice John Middleton, member of University Council.
- The Committee also oversees the University’s stewardship of donors, including the handling of enquiries and responding to individual donors.
- The Committee reports annually to Council and donors on the overall management and administration of philanthropic income at the University.
- The Committee has a sub-committee focused on assisting Council on gift acceptance issues that affect philanthropic funding from donors. The sub-committee works closely with areas of the University that support the management of gifts including the Trusts Group (for management of endowments in perpetuity, some expendable gifts and gifts received from externally managed trusts), the Investment Management Committee of Council and the University’s Donor Relations Team.
For more information contact:
University Secretary's Department
The University of Melbourne
Tel: +613 8344 5003
I received a call from a student asking for a gift. Is this legitimate?
Each year we hold telethons to raise funds in support of Melbourne, inviting you to engage more actively in the life of the University. Conversations with our students are a wonderful way for you to keep up-to-date with what is happening at the University, as well as allowing us the opportunity to open up a conversation about how you can give back.
For further information or to opt-out of receiving a call please contact the Regular Giving Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +61 3 9035 4672.