Your frequently asked questions about donations to the University.
Where does my donation go?
All gifts accepted support the University of Melbourne or its affiliates. As a donor you may express a wish as to where you would like your gift to be specifically applied or you can simply choose to give to the general charitable purposes of the University so we can direct your support toward the University’s highest priorities. Contact us on +61 3 9035 4054 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular wishes for the use of your gift.
How can I make sure the intended faculty/college/affiliate receives my gift?
When the University accepts and applies your gift, it will always seek to ensure that your wishes for the use of the gift are met. The University has a dedicated Gift Policy (MPF 1348) which sets out its obligations about the use and administration of philanthropic gifts. On a collective basis, or at certain levels of giving on an individual basis, the University provides impact reporting back to you to let you know what the gift has been used for and the difference it has made.
If for whatever reason, you are not sure that the gift is being used as you intended, the University and the relevant area that you wished to support remains available to discuss and as necessary seek a resolution with you.
You can discuss your concerns with the University staff involved with the use of the gift or the University’s Head of Donor Relations. If that doesn’t result in a satisfactory outcome you can contact the Vice-President (Advancement) and/or the Vice-Chancellor to express your concerns.
You may also wish to direct your concerns to the Chair of the University's Gift Committee. This is a sub-committee of Council and is charged with representing donors’ interests and administering philanthropic funds from donors to any part of the University. The Committee’s role is to ensures the appropriate and effective acceptance and use of all gifts received.
If despite all of these discussions you remain concerned, you can contact the Government’s Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) or at any point in time. The University (ABN 84 002 705 224) is a registered charity with the ACNC and is required to report annually to it. The ACNC is the national regulator of charities and has a compliance role in investigating concerns raised about charities.
How are gifts to the University invested and managed?
In recognition of the confidence that has been placed in the University by its donors, and the importance of these assets to the University’s continued excellence, it is the University’s highest priority to ensure that these funds are well invested. The University manages philanthropic gifts, including those gifts held by the University on trust, with a total capital value of $1,316 million as of 31 December 2021.
Distribution from gifts invested in the University’s long-term investment fund in 2021 totalled $49 million, supporting a range of purposes including student awards, professorships and other academic positions, and an extraordinarily diverse range of research activities. Investment of gifts held long-term is performed on the University’s behalf by two independent fund managers, JANA and ROC Capital. An Investment Management Committee (IMC) oversees the strategy for and performance of University investments. The IMC is composed of industry professionals, University council members and senior executives of the University, who provide advice on investment beliefs, strategy, philosophy, and policy, and oversee appointment of fund managers. The IMC meets regularly throughout the year and reports to the University Council through the Finance Committee. The University’s annual Investment Report provides an overview of how gifted funds are invested and managed: 2021 Gift Investment Report (PDF)
How are gifts to the University overseen and monitored?
We are committed to the responsible administration and oversight of the gifts we receive and accept through the generosity of donors past and present. The Gift Policy (MPF 1348) obliges the University’s General Counsel to undertake an annual gift compliance review and to present it to Council’s Gift Committee for noting and discussion, before the report is required to be presented by the Vice-Chancellor to Council. The University’s Gift Committee is charged with representing donors’ interests and assists Council in overseeing and administering philanthropic gifts from donors to any part of the University.
University Secretary's Department
The University of Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 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, 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 email@example.com or by phone at +61 3 9035 4672.
- Can I include a gift to the University in my Will?
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, US, Canada or Hong Kong SAR, visit our overseas giving page for more information on directing a tax deductible gift or bequest to the University.
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.
Where can I learn about the outcome of the Believe campaign?
The 2021 Report to Donors provides a detailed overview of the Believe campaign’s success through key figures, a timeline of events and stories of impact.
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.
Does the University collect my information?
Information is collected by University of Melbourne Advancement to: process your gift (if applicable); ensure your information is up to date in the University’s relationship management system; and to tailor University communications about events, alumni benefits, donor relations and fundraising activities most relevant to you. Your personal information may also be used in future to facilitate alumni networks, enhance donor relations, promote University activities, and for analysis, planning and quality assurance.
The collection of personal information by the University of Melbourne is governed by various pieces of legislation including: the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic), Health Records Act 2001 (Vic), the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic); and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (together, Privacy Laws). The University is also considered to be a data controller for the purposes of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) in relation to the collection of personal information from individuals located in the EU in relation to certain activities. The University is committed to protecting your privacy and processing your personal information fairly and lawfully in compliance with the Privacy Laws and the GDPR, as applicable.
If this information is being collected in the form of a survey, for questions marked with an asterisk (*), we will be able to identify you individually. The other information you provide will only be used for aggregated reporting.
The information in this form will be used by authorised staff and contracted service providers for the purpose for which it was collected. The information may be made available to contractors who process information on behalf of University of Melbourne Advancement to perform enquiry and business-related functions. It will not be transferred outside Australia unless to an entity operating under equivalent privacy obligations.
We take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information we hold is accurate and complete and that it is protected from misuse, loss, unauthorised access or disclosure. We will only retain your personal information for as long as required for the purpose it was collected and in accordance with our legislative obligations.
We will not disclose your personal information to anybody else unless you have given consent, or we are authorised or required to do so by law. You may request access to, or correction of, your personal information held by the University, or exercise data subject rights under the GDPR if applicable, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +61 3 9035 4054.
The Donations Framework provides guidance to assist both potential donors and University staff in understanding where those boundaries lie.
The University of Melbourne celebrates the important role of philanthropy and is committed to outstanding levels of donor stewardship.