Donor recognition events

Deakin greatly values the contributions made by its donors and regularly holds events to thank and honour them for their support.


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Annual Philanthrophy Spring Breakfast 2017

Celebrating donor-funded student scholarships and groundbreaking research programs.

On Tuesday 10th October 2017, the Vice-Chancellor Deakin University, Professor Jane den Hollander AO hosted the second Annual Philanthropy Spring Breakfast at Deakin Downtown, Deakin’s new and vibrant city campus. Deakin.

On arrival, guests enjoyed a display from 11 artists for the ‘No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch’ exhibition. Through engagement and skill development opportunities, The Torch aims to reduce re-offending and address the over-representation of Indigenous Australians within Victoria’s prison system.

Professor Jane den Hollander’s opening address to major gift donorsreflected on the encouragement and support they provide for our students and championed the university’s commitment to equity and breaking down the barriers of distance. With campuses in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Victoria, Professor den Hollander commended Deakin on working hard to make tertiary education accessible to those who have the talent and desire, but not always the financial means. She remarked that in 2017, Deakin has witnessed a high demand for scholarships that far outways those available with over 12,000 students applying for 1,200 scholarship places on offer.

Master of Ceremonies, Vice-President of Advancement Mr Ron Fairchild welcomed presentations by three of Deakin University’s innovative and inspiring researchers and academics - Professor Felice Jacka, Director of the Food and Mood Centre, Dr Tim Wilkin, Senior Lecturer with the School of Information Technology and Course Director of the Bachelor of Computer and Ms Rebecca Bartel, Executive Lead of Deakin’s new Institute for Healthcare Transformation.

The trio produced insights and understandings including research into diet and other lifestyle behaviours and their interaction with the risk for mental health problems, how Rethinking the Future of Health could transform healthcare and deliver national and international innovative health system research; and the technologically animated demonstration of Ruby the robot. Professor Wilkin introduced guests to Ruby and showed just how friendly and hospitable robots can be.

We are so grateful to all our donors for their commitment and support of tertiary education and vital research impacting our community.

Partnerships in Philanthrophy Spring Breakfast 2016

Recognising the impact of partnering with philanthropy

On Wednesday 2 November 2016, Professor Jane den Hollander AO Vice-Chancellor, welcomed Deakin University benefactors and friends to the delightful Garden Restaurant at the National Gallery of Victoria. The event united our most valued and esteemed donors with many key stakeholders from the Deakin community. The Partnerships in Philanthropy Spring Breakfast acknowledged their generous support and celebrated their pioneering partnership stories.

The Vice-Chancellor greeted more than 75 prominent guests, 25 major gift donors were represented with cumulative philanthropic gifts supporting student scholarships and research of $15,996,661. An outstanding consequence of Deakin’s partnerships with generous and authentic benefactors over many years.

'At the heart of every successful collaboration is a shared goal, a like-minded vision.' - Anne Belcher, General Manager GlaxoSmithKline

The breakfast event showcased the excellence and innovation of three major philanthropic partnerships at work at Deakin. GlaxoSmithKline and the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, IBM and Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin and Moose Toys and the Deakin Child Study Centre. Their joint presentations provided a glimpse into the impact and significance of their philanthropic partnerships and uncovered how their alliance and collaboration has led to mutual benefit and shared outcomes.
Our speakers shared how partnering with Deakin is cultivating humanitarian leadership, fostering analytics skills and improving the quality of life for children with developmental challenges

'We are immensely proud to be part of this program and very excited to start our journey with Deakin and hopefully we’ll be standing back up here in four years’ time talking to you about the actual tools that are out there and the kids it’s made an impact with.' - Belinda Gruebner, Marketing Director Moose Toys Australia

Deakin University is committed to continued engagement with our many donors and dedicated to ensuring the depth of their support toward research, teaching and students is realised.

Deakin is proud to be working in partnership with philanthropy and profoundly indebted to the enduring relationships that provide us with the self-determination and influence to impact our communities.

Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration

Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration

Announcing the 2016 scholarship recipient and acknowledging the Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Committee.

Allison was Geelong-raised, attended Clonard College for secondary education, then completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at Deakin University’s Geelong Campus.  Alli’s vocation became strategic communication, and she worked as a federal parliamentary media adviser to former Senator Judith Troeth, then across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

In 2004 Alli founded Redstick Strategic Communications a public affairs consultancy specialising in government relations, community engagement, and public relations.  In the ensuing decade Alli played a critical role in many key Geelong achievements – Simonds Stadium redevelopments, TAC’s relocation to Geelong, Geelong Ring Road construction, Princes Highway duplication, Avalon Airport’s expansion and Deakin University’s Medical School to name a few.

Alli advised pro-bono to several community organisations including Northern Futures, Geelong Gallery, Time for Youth, Karingal Foundation and Anam Cara House. Alli was a trusted advisor, strategist and confidante. She was a leader, a mentor and a great friend to so many. Above all, Alli was a loving, and loved, wife to Peter, mum to Charley and Lucy and step mum to Tom.

Alli tragically passed away on 25 February 2014, aged 42.

The Allison Murphy Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Allison Murphy.  It is a tangible memorial to the life and contribution of Alli whose prevailing passion, along with her family, was the community of Geelong. In Alli’s honour, the Scholarship will give women from the Geelong region the opportunity to follow in Alli’s footsteps and study at Deakin University majoring in political studies, media or marketing.

The Allison Murphy Memorial Scholarship Celebration provided an opportunity for donors, award recipients, key stakeholders, and members of the Deakin Executive to celebrate and acknowledge Allison Murphy’s personal and professional commitment to Geelong as well as Deakin University’s dedication to philanthropic community support and student learning.

Coral Reeves, the 2015 recipient of the scholarship, spoke about her education journey as well as introduce and present the Scholarship Certificate to the 2016 Recipient, Rachael Brodie.

Change 100 Lives Cocktail Evening

Change 100 lives celebration

A celebration of the Deakin community’s collective philanthropic support of the Change 100 Lives campaign.

The ‘Change 100 Lives’ (C100L) campaign was an appeal to the Deakin community to collectively provide philanthropic funding that enabled 100 students in financial need to access and achieve a university education at Deakin. 'Change 100 Lives' provided course-duration scholarships to students who, because of financial disadvantage or personal circumstances, might otherwise not have been able to access the benefits of a university education.

The ‘Change 100 Lives’ campaign was launched in October 2013, to act as the lead public philanthropic campaign for general donors to Deakin to raise $1 000 000 to change 100 Deakin students’ lives.

In recognition of the generous contribution donors have made to student scholarship funding under the ‘Change 100 Lives’ campaign, Deakin University invited donors, scholarship recipients and key Deakin Executives to a cocktail evening to celebrate this significant campaign milestone.

After heartfelt addresses from both a donor and a scholarship recipient, guests were invited to be photographed around one hundred paper lanterns, which were placed in the shape of ‘100’, to capture a visual representation of each of the lives that have been and will be changed in the campaign (pictured).

Guests were then treated to an exclusive address from the “200 Years of Australian Fashion” curator, before being invited to take part in an exclusive private viewing of the exhibition.

This celebration was to thank donors for their support and to highlight the difference they have made to the lives of scholarship recipients.