Major gifts and gifts in kind

Major gifts are a large investment in the future, but you can also donate artwork, equipment, book collections, other valuable personal property or your professional expertise to the university.


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

Major gifts

A major gift to Deakin is an investment in knowledge, innovation and the future. Thanks to the generosity ofbenefactors and organisations, Deakin has the ability to provide outstanding educational facilities and resources. Your gift can also go towards pioneering research that will make a difference to the local community and people around the world.

Example of a Major Gift

Penfold Motors has generously donated $120,000 to support three $10,000 scholarships per year for four years, for undergraduate students who are experiencing financial hardship or personal disadvantage. Penfold Motors’ kindness will play a vital part in helping 12 students achieve their full potential and make their goals a reality.

Gifts in kind

You can donate artwork, equipment, book collections, other valuable personal property or your professional expertise to the university. Known as ‘gifts in kind,’ these non-monetary donations are another important avenue of Deakin support and can be just as valuable as cash.

Types of gifts

Deakin appreciates and encourages gifts in kind, such as:

  • computer hardware and software
  • laboratory supplies
  • library collections
  • industrial equipment
  • artefacts
  • musical instruments
  • works of art
  • other materials and services that the university would otherwise need to purchase.

Why donate?

By donating gifts in kind, you help Deakin enhance facilities and strengthen programs to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. 

You also allow Deakin to channel funds that would have been spent on the donated items or services into other priority areas. There may also be tax benefits associated with making in-kind donations.

Who can donate?

While major and in-kind donations are often received from large businesses and organisations, individual donors also contribute significant in-kind gifts.

Contact us

A dedicated team works closely with donors to match areas of interest with Deakin funding priorities to ensure your gift has a lasting impact.

For further information, please contact a member of our Philanthropic Relations team

General enquiries
+61 3 9244 5150
Email Donor Relations

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