Contact us

There are many ways for you to get in touch with our philanthropic team about any enquiry you may have.

You can help inspire students and have a significant impact on the Deakin community.

Our team

Advancement leadership

Ron Fairchild
Vice-President and Chief Advancement Officer
+61 3 9246 8954
Email Ron Fairchild

Melinda Warnecke
Deputy Vice-President (Advancement)
+61 3 9246 8298
Email Melinda Warnecke


Campaign

Melanie Wheeler
Senior Campaign Manager
+61 3 9246 8225
Email Melanie Wheeler


Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Faculty of Arts and Education and Faculty of Business and Law

Rikki Andrews
Philanthropy Strategist  
+61 3 9246 8408 
Email Rikki Andrews

Janosh Biczok
Senior Philanthropic Relations Manager
+61 3 9251 6811
Email Janosh Biczok

Divya Srinath
Philanthropic Relations Coordinator
+61 3 9251 7080
Email Divya Srinath

Rebecca David
Philanthropic Relations Coordinator
+61 3 9251 6044
Email Rebecca David

Patrick Guay
Research & Partnerships Coordinator
+61 3 9251 6453
Email Patrick Guay


Faculty of Health

Deb Hallmark
Philanthropic Relations Manager 
+61 3 9246 8520 
Email Deb Hallmark

Cheyne Brudenell
Philanthropic Relations Coordinator
+61 3 9246 8987
Email Cheyne Brudenell


Stewardship & Recognition

Preema Whittingham (nee Wong)
Senior Manager Donor Engagement
+61 3 9426 8518
Email Preema Whittingham

Rachel Weston
Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition
+61 3 9246 8010
Email Rachel Weston

Victoria Denahy
Communications Coordinator, Donor Stewardship and Recognition
+61 3 9251 7457
Email Victoria Denahy

Trusts and Foundations

Rikki Andrews
Philanthropy Strategist
+61 3 9246 8408
Email Rikki Andrews

Vanessa Meachen
Trusts and Foundations Coordinator
+61 3 9246 8860
Email Vanessa Meachen


Bequests

Felicity Costigan
Bequests Adviser
+61 3 9244 3762
Email Felicity Costigan

Support

Sarah Zaharie
Administrative Support Officer
+61 3 9268 3831
Email Sarah Zaharie

Enquire online

If you have a specific enquiry but aren't sure who to direct it to, please fill out our online enquiry form.

FAQs

What are the different ways I can give to Deakin University?

Visit the ways to give webpage to find out how you can give to Deakin.

How do I give online today?

Visit the give online webpage.

Are all gifts tax deductible?

Deakin University is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Tax Office. Donations to Deakin of $2 or more are tax-deductible and an official receipt will be issued for tax purposes.

How can I direct my gift to a specific faculty or project?

Contact the Philanthropic Relations Manager of your chosen Faculty (found at the top of this page).

How do I make a bequest?

Visit the bequests page.

How will I find out how my gift is used?

You will receive acknowledgement from the University of your gift. If you have directed your gift towards a major project, you will be informed about how your gift is used.

Deakin University is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Tax Office. Donations to Deakin of $2 or more are tax-deductible and an official receipt will be issued for tax purposes.