‘Seeing is Believing’ celebrates philanthropic milestone

May 15 / 158

Student volunteers enjoy the Believe installation on South Lawn during the Seeing is Believing campaign
Student volunteers enjoy the Believe installation on South Lawn during the Seeing is Believing campaign


It is nearly two years to the day since the University launched the most ambitious philanthropic initiative in its 160-year history. 


Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne set a goal to raise $500 million by the end of 2017 to advance the University’s teaching and learning, research and engagement ambitions. Today, more than $425 million in philanthropic gifts has been donated by alumni, staff, students and friends. 


This contribution was celebrated between 11 – 15 May around the University’s campuses through an initiative titled “Seeing is Believing”. Posters, installations and asphalt art highlighted the many ways in which philanthropy has made the University of Melbourne an even better place. On the South Lawn, students and staff shared their photographs of the giant Believe letters on social media using the hashtag #believemelb. 


“To date, more than 18,000 people have donated to the Campaign,” said Director of Campaign Operations, Dr Ross Coller, and “that includes over 3,000 staff and nearly 2,000 students.


“Their generosity has enabled the University to achieve a lot in a short space of time.


“New scholarships and bursaries have been established and awarded to students who need it the most. Life-changing research has been funded and the academic leadership has been strengthened by the creation of 16 new professorial chairs. Philanthropic gifts have also enabled the University to invest in a range of large-scale projects for the community to enjoy such as the Ernest Cropley Pavilion and the upcoming Southbank precinct redevelopment.”


To see how the University of Melbourne is being transformed visit the Seeing is Believing website: campaign.unimelb.edu.au/seeing-is-believing


Story by Emma Brimfield-Walsh

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