Together we are stronger

Your donation to the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund will enable us to explore human cultures, expand human knowledge, enrich human lives, enhance our environment, enable excellence and empower minds.

Fortunate Prosper shares her story

We talk to Business and Media student Fortunate Prosper about the importance of scholarships in helping students reach their full potential.

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The Vice-Chancellor's Fund is a valuable source of unrestricted funding for the University, allowing the Vice-Chancellor to direct funds to projects that have pressing needs.

We serve and engage our students, staff and the broader community through transformative learning and life experiences, the discovery and dissemination of ideas, and innovation underpinned by deep and varied partnerships

We can make MND history. We can protect biodiversity. We can inform policy on world changing issues. We can attract the brightest minds and best teachers. We can preserve the cultural treasures of the world. We can support the leaders of the future.  We can save lives. But we need your help to do it.

Your donation to the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund will help us to continue to award scholarships, embark on new projects to improve the student experience and undertake world-class research to tackle the world’s challenges.

By making a gift to the Vice-Chancellors Fund, we will be able to direct your gift to where the need is greatest.

For Doug Sutherland, the Fund was the perfect recipient for his recent $150,000 donation.

“My constant philosophy in relation to gift giving is that I donate with no strings attached,” he says. “Institutions like Macquarie University are better at knowing their affairs than I am, and will know how to use the money in the best way possible.”

Mr Sutherland is an alumnus, former Lord Mayor of Sydney and a well-known philanthropist. He enrolled at the University in 1967, its first year of operation and he was the grateful beneficiary of a Commonwealth scholarship that paid for his fees and textbooks.

Since his days at Macquarie, he has built an impressive career that’s seen him contribute hugely to the city of Sydney. A certified accountant, he has sat on a number of arts and government committees, held positions at many local government commissions and been a board member for Sydney Electricity (now Energy Australia) and the NRMA.

In 1980, he was elected Lord Mayor of Sydney, an office he held for seven years.

Looking back, Mr Sutherland reflects that it was his scholarship all those years ago that helped him become one of the most influential people in the city, which in turn enabled him to serve his community.

“After years of working in governments and organisations, I know they never have enough money to meet the demands on them,” he says. “Donations for education help to encourage students and support the University’s priorities.”

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