Change 100 Lives

Why Give to Deakin

By donating to Deakin, you can directly support research, scholarships and priority projects that are making a real difference to our communities.

Deakin University seeks to unlock the potential of capable students, and strives to make a difference through research and helping the community.
Thanks to the generosity of donations, we have been provided the opportunity to transform the future; the future of a student supported to further their education through a scholarship; a researcher enabled to find a solution to global and societal challenges; and to our ability to build capacity within the communities we serve.

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Decrease of Government Funding

With an increasing number of eager students, and a decrease in government funding, there has never been a better time to help change the life of someone by giving them a future they didn't believe they would have.

The decrease in funding means that students' final costs will rise exponentially making it harder for many families to be able to afford going to university. The decrease also impacts funding for research, and this puts a limitation on the discovery of future knowledge.

With your help, you can enable the breakdown of financial barriers, allowing for a broader and diverse range of opportunity for future Deakin students.

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Size doesn't matter

It's the thought behind it that counts.
Whether it be through workplace giving or donating through the annual appeal, any contribution has an impact on students' lives and the community of the university.

Every donation brings us one step closer to making education available to all.

Working Together

Giving to Deakin is your opportunity to make a significant contribution to the lives of our students and to the important and relevant work of our researchers.

Through your help and support we can work together to continue to enrich the minds of students and shape the future of the university.

"We know that the gift of learning, changes the lives of individuals and their families now and into the future."

- Vice-Chancellor, Jane den Hollander

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Welcome Message from the Vice-Chancellor

There are few things that are as empowering and liberating as education. 

Kofi Annan, 7th secretary- general of the United Nations and winnerVice Chancellors image
of the 2001;Nobel Peace Prize famously said "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family …everywhere". In this fast changing and globalised world in which knowledge is rapidly renewed and opportunities are no longer constrained by cultural or geographical boundaries, it is education which can empower individuals, communities and nations to make a difference.

Deakin is still a relatively young university by international standards, but today we are a strong and dynamic University community and through excellence in teaching and research, we are making a distinctive contribution to the communities we serve.  A Deakin degree has unlocked the potential of almost 170,000 graduates since it first opened its doors in 1977.

We know that the gift of learning changes the lives of individuals and their families now and into the future. Deakin's equity scholarships make a real difference in the lives of talented young people by giving them access to the benefits of a university education.  Since its beginnings, Deakin has celebrated the diversity of its student and staff as a valuable asset in the maintenance of excellence in teaching and research.

We know that the key to sustaining our nation's future growth is education and innovation.

In a fast-changing and globally connected world, Deakin is fostering the nexus between government, industry and academe, nurturing a culture of innovation and enhancing productivity.

We know that Deakin innovation makes a difference in the communities it serves, for example in Geelong, where Deakin is leveraging its pioneering research in carbon fibre to generate jobs and new business opportunities.

In giving to Deakin we unlock the potential of capable students, empowering them to make a real difference in the world.  We support research that will provide innovative solutions to some of the world's 'wicked' problems. By giving back to the university and the wider community we can change the lives of individuals and help build Australia's capacity. 

It is an investment in Australia's future. 

Jane den Hollander


Deakin University

The Impact of Donations

Below are stories of scholarships winners describing how receiving the award has changed their lives for the better.

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"I would like to thank the donors of the Dr Menzie and Margaret Lipson Scholarship, it has meant a lot for me and my family, due to our financial circumstances and coming from a rural area. 

Having the scholarship gives us piece of mind that the finances of university will not overcome us.

I have really enjoyed the opportunity of studying engineering at Deakin University and would really like to thank the donor for this opportunity."

Andrew Erwin


"The scholarship money has helped pay for my nursing text books, helped me pay for transport to and from the university and has helped me immensely with my nursing placements with things such as accommodation.It has also given me a lot of self confidence and made me believe that I can do well in my studies. I like to think that it has helped me become a better person as I would have never of made it this far without your help. It has meant the world to me that you would give me this opportunity in order to excel in my future career and I couldn't thank you enough.

I hope you continue to donate generously for other students around the area so that they can have the same opportunity that I was lucky enough to have."

Codie Sharp.


"In 2013 I started my double degree of Arts/ Commerce with the hopes of majoring in Public Relations and Marketing. I am thoroughly enjoying my course and believe that this is the right career pathway for me.

With your kind donation I was able to purchase all necessary books and items required for my studies without the pressure of financing. Without having to stress about finding the money to buy the expensive textbooks I was able to focus more on my study than finding a part time job.

Considering that fact that I was unfortunately ill for the first trimester with glandular fever, your kind donation was such a blessing so I thank you for helping me through the first year of my studies. Your scholarship money was greatly appreciated and extremely kind."

Rachael Brodie 

Our Commitment to Donors

Deakin University is committed to respecting the rights of our donors and to developing partnerships based on mutual trust and respect.  The University is proud to have committed to the Code of Practice for Australian University Philanthropy (103 KB)

Privacy statement

Deakin University complies with the Information Privacy Act 2000 (VIC) in the collection and management of personal information. Deakin University will use the personal information you have provided to publicly acknowledge you as a donor to the University in University publications, including the University's Annual Report, and to communicate with you on matters which the University thinks will interest you as a donor. Your personal information will only be disclosed outside of the University in the specific circumstances authorised by the Information Privacy Act 2000 (VIC) or with your consent.

You may access your personal information or make inquiries about the way your personal information is managed by contacting the University's Privacy Officer.

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If you would like more information about Deakin's commitment to its donors, please contact a member of our Philanthropic Relations team.

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