History of giving

Philanthropy has a long history at QUT, and has been critical in establishing it as one of Australia's leading universities.

In the 1950s, staff from the Queensland Teachers College at Kelvin Grove recognised the power of philanthropy and the importance of giving back. They organised an early form of workplace giving, donating a tuppence each pay day to purchase art works for the QUT Art Collection. Today, this collection houses more than 2000 objects, including paintings, sculptures and decorative arts and continues to be proudly supported through philanthropic donations.

The tradition of staff giving at QUT has continued with more than 340 staff giving regularly to QUT. In 2012 they contributed more than $210,000.

At QUT our key partnerships with individuals, organisations, industry, the community and our alumni provide educational opportunities that make a real difference for students from all walks of life. More than 14,000 students have benefited from gifts to our flagship student endowment, the Learning Potential Fund.

Our students have the most advanced learning and research facilities with the operating of the new Science and Engineering Centre. The realisation of this $230 million centre was made possible through the generosity of a $25 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies and contributions from the Commonwealth and state governments.

From a tuppence a day to philanthropic partnerships contributing up to $25 million each year, the generosity of industry and individuals that helped us establish our first philanthropic endeavours continues to develop our world-class university.


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