For Donors

Stronger Together

Despite living through one of the most challenging and darkest years yet, our communities, from within and beyond our campuses, did not waver in their strategic support for UOW and all it stands for. Their commitment exemplifies the strength and determination our institution is built on. Our donors ensured that light, hope and commitment continued to shine brightly at the University of Wollongong in 2020.

It was incredibly humbling and inspiring to witness our UOW communities remain steadfast in their support for our students’ education and institutional research in a world of change and chaos. They acted quickly and collectively as Australians witnessed the most devastating bushfires in living memory, swiftly following by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

When the bushfires besieged UOW’s home communities, our staff threw open the doors of our campuses in Bega and Batemans Bay, on the NSW South Coast, to provide shelter and supplies to community members affected by the fires. UOW staff rallied and generously raised $82,975 towards bushfire relief, which the University matched to raise a total of $165,950 for the NSW Rural Fire Service. Our Centre for Environmental Risk Management for Bushfires provided expert research throughout and advice to the recent royal commission. The support of our alumni, donor, staff, student and broader community was extraordinary.

As the full force of the global pandemic struck UOW, many students were faced with severe hardship. Once again, our donors, staff and community organisations reached out to respond to both immediate and long-term needs. The University created a hardship fund and our philanthropic donors supported students in most distress through grants and scholarships. At the same time, our donors did not lose their focus on solving systemic issues in a range of areas. In just one example, UOW was delighted to celebrate a magnanimous initiative, funded by our partners at Tibra Foundation. The establishment of the Tibra Foundation Chair in Mathematical Sciences is an investment in raising the profile of mathematics and its importance for our future.

We enjoyed the opportunity to speak to you throughout the year and especially appreciated your emails and letters offering support and encouragement. Thank you for helping foster higher education’s capacity to promote individual opportunity, create economic prosperity and discover answers to complex societal issues. Finally, my deepest appreciation for your passion and commitment to the University of Wollongong and its vital role in creating meaningful and positive social impact.

In these very uncertain times we share  a belief in the vital role of education, research and their transformative impact. We will seek to keep you updated as we always have, and please feel free to reach out to us. We truly appreciate the gift you have made to the University and as a gesture of our gratitude, we have acknowledged all our donors listed here.

Thank you for your support and connection.

Best wishes,

Monique Harper-Richardson
Director of Advancement
University of Wollongong

Impact of Philanthropy

Through continued support of our valued donors and the transformational partnerships we have forged over time, the University of Wollongong will remain an institution that is fearless with limitless ambition and vision. We will nurture more people to be their best through our world-class learning environments. We will also continue to actively seek and address real issues facing society.

Our Donors

It is through the support of our valued donors and partners that the University of Wollongong remains an institution that is fearless with limitless ambition and vision. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave a gift to UOW in 2020. A full list of donors can be viewed here.

Donor Charter

The University of Wollongong was founded on donations of local people who had a vision for a brighter future for our region and we make the following commitment to all our donors:

  1. To make every endeavour to use your gift in accordance with your original intentions
  2. To use 100% of your gift for the purposes outlined in the donation
  3. To discuss with you (or your representative) alternative uses for your gift, should an unforeseen change make it no longer possible for UOW to apply your gift for the purpose originally intended.
  4. To acknowledge your gift with an official University of Wollongong receipt when UOW receives your gift.
  5. To keep you (or your family or representative) informed of progress in the area to which your gift applies (e.g. research, projects or student support).
  6. To provide you with access to UOW’s most recently published financial reports.
  7. To consult with you (or your representative) regarding recognition or publicity surrounding your gift, where appropriate.
  8. To provide anonymity to you, if requested.
  9. To respect and protect your privacy, in compliance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act, 1998 (NSW) and other relevant policies and legislation including the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Born of steel, hungry for change.

We have a strong sense of where we’re from, and where we’re going. The University of Wollongong was founded on the donations of local people who had a vision of a brighter future for our region. Driven by a community hungry for higher learning, we trained engineers, metallurgists and industrial chemists during the post-war boom. Since that day, we have acted in partnership with our communities to address society’s critical economic, environmental, social and medical challenges.

Find out more about the critical role of philanthropy at UOW and how the University evolved from a Division of New South Wales University of Technology to the global institution we know today.

Each year we report back on the impact of your donations on UOW, its students and the wider world. You can view our archive of Donor Reports here which include complete listings of our donors.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I give?

There are several ways you can choose to make a donation to UOW:

If you are considering making a major gift or establishing a bequest to UOW as part of your estate planning, please contact either:

Monique Harper-Richardson
Director of Advancement
+61 2 4221 5069

Renee Burton
Senior Manager Development
+61 2 4221 8113

What are the tax benefits of making a gift to UOW and will I receive a receipt for my donation?

The University of Wollongong is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a deductible gift recipient, under subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This means all gifts to UOW are fully tax deductible to you, the donor. You will receive a tax deductible receipt for donations of $2 or more to the University of Wollongong. Please note that tax receipts are issued in name of the individual paying for the gift (e.g. the credit card holder or cheque signatory).

How will my gift be managed?

The University receives gifts through the Advancement Division’s Development Team which is governed by the Philanthropic Fundraising, Gift Acceptance and Recognition Policy.

I live outside Australia. Can I still donate?

Yes. Donations can be made using a credit card through the donations page, also the UOW USA Foundation engages alumni and friends who currently reside in the United States. If you have any questions, please call the Development Team on +61 2 4221 5757 or email

I received a call from a UOW student asking for a gift. Is it legitimate?

Each year we hold a phone appeal to raise funds to support the Transforming Futures Scholarship Fund. These phone calls are also an opportunity for you to engage with the University and connect with our current students. For further information contact the Development Team on +61 2 4221 5757 or email

My personal information has recently changed, how can I update my details?

You are able to update your details online here. 

How can I learn about Privacy and the management of my personal information?

Visit our Privacy statement page here.

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