Which cause is right for you?

Explore where your passion for impact and change aligns with ours and how you can support what is most meaningful to you.

Our impact themes

At Deakin, we aim to focus all philanthropic activities on where our work will make the biggest impact. Our five interconnected themes are important to society, reflect the greatest and most urgent challenges to our shared world, and align with our strengths in education and research across all our disciplines.

Advancing society, culture and the economy

Advancing society, culture and the economy

Deakin researchers are working to create an effective education system, an inclusive economic system and an understanding of intercultural relations in politics. Strong economic development fosters cultural autonomy, which is why our researchers are driving engagement with Australia’s rich cultural heritage.

Interested in this theme?

There's many ways you can get involved and make a difference – below are just two of the areas you can support.

National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation Institute (NIKERI)

The NIKERI Institute enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians the flexibility to  access higher education while maintaining their family, work and community commitments. It has a proud 30+ years of history at Deakin, and acknowledges more than 1000 students who have graduated. Our national footprint seeks to be inclusive of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and to growing Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous research across the University.

Deakin University Art Gallery and Art Collection

The Deakin University Art Gallery provides an exciting venue for the University's program of exhibitions and arts events. The University Art Collection, managed by the gallery team, consists of around 2300 objects, 50% of which are on display at one of our campuses for the education and enjoyment of our students, visitors, staff and alumni. Help us grow the exhibition and art collection programs by making an online donation today, or get in touch to learn more about making an art donation.

Are you a Deakin alumni?

As a past student you'll always be part of the Deakin community, here in Australia and around the world. Learn about the many ways to connect with your fellow alumni, including how you can make a difference by contributing through our volunteering program.

Building safe and secure communities

Building safe and secure communities

Our researchers are developing innovative solutions to support Australia’s security nationally and on a community level. Safety and security are paramount in building an environment where education, employment and resilience can thrive.

Interested in this theme?

There's many ways you can get involved and make a difference – below is just one of the areas you can support.

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)

Your support contributes to a range of CREATE Initiatives that help young people from a refugee background across Australia. This includes partnering with university students to provide employment opportunities at CREATE, as well as funding research projects, employment and educational programs, and delivering refugee careers clinics.

Donate to CREATE today

Creating smarter technologies

Creating smarter technologies

Deakin researchers are advancing the boundaries of where smart technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics, can take our society. We’re pushing technology to align creative problem-solving and productivity to deliver progress, not just change.

Interested in this theme?

There's many ways you can get involved and make a difference – below is just one of the areas you can support.

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

The Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) aims to be a catalyst for the successful transformation to a circular economy. IFM does this through focusing on the re-design of materials to facilitate re-purposing, recycling and re-use, while harnessing the original material value as it evolves through multiple lives. The Institute creates novel, renewable materials and by-products, reducing our dependency on the world’s finite resources.

Donate to IFM today

A gift in your Will

Making a gift in your Will is a wonderful and generous way to leave a lasting legacy that will enhance future students' lives and support ground breaking research.

Enabling a sustainable world

Enabling a sustainable world

We’re making our vision of a sustainable world a reality. Deakin researchers are pioneering ideas that will enable stability and resilience in supporting humans, nature, society and the biosphere to co-exist in harmony.

Interested in this theme?

There's many ways you can get involved and make a difference – below is just one of the areas you can support.

Blue Carbon Lab

Scientists at Deakin's Blue Carbon Lab are at the forefront of global efforts to advance ‘blue carbon’ science and projects. Australia has more blue carbon ecosystems than anywhere else in the world. These ecosystems are up to 50 times more effective than rainforests at storing carbon and play a key role in mitigating climate change through preventing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Blue Carbon Lab offers innovative solutions to mitigate climate change. You can also be part of the solution by supporting our cutting-edge wetland research.

Donate to Blue Carbon Lab today

Improving health and wellbeing

Improving health and wellbeing

Deakin researchers are making the world a healthier, happier place with ground-breaking healthcare work. Together with innovative digital and technological solutions, we’re exploring new frontiers in collaboration with global partners, for the delivery of international sustainable healthcare.

Interested in this theme?

There's many ways you can get involved and make a difference – below is just a few of the areas you can support.

Food and Mood Centre

The Food and Mood Centre leads the way, internationally, in understanding how what we eat can influence our mental health and wellbeing, as well as brain health - from pre-birth right through to old age. Our work has enormous implications for the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, for brain health and function, and for the general wellbeing of people everywhere.

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutritional Health (IPAN)

IPAN is a world-leading research institute committed to improving health and quality of life. The Institute is working to reduce the rates of chronic disease through nutrition and physical activity research excellence. The team has a strong equity agenda that focuses on children and families, the elderly and disadvantaged communities – its goal is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life.

Connect with our team

Got a question or need more information? Call our team on +61 3 9244 5150 or email us to chat about how you can support Deakin and the communities we serve. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn and Facebook.