May 3, 2017

Fundraise or perish: how wooing big donors became big business for Aussie unis

Years of federal budget cuts have forced Australian unis to look for cash injections elsewhere, writes journalist at The Citizen Anders Furze.

Australian university fundraising

Philanthropy has become a top priority for Australia’s universities amid federal funding uncertainty, with specialist staff numbers rising sharply and pressure on senior leadership to court big donors.

Half of the elite Group of Eight universities are currently running distinct fundraising campaigns -- hunting vast sums of money with strategic deadlines and goals. They are the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney, Western Australia and Queensland.

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