BECAUSE
OF YOU

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THE GOOD
DOESN'T STOP

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT

The University of Queensland's (UQ) philanthropic campaign Not If, When – the Campaign to Create Change, officially closed at the end of last year. 

Thanks to the support of community members like you, we reached the campaign’s ambitious $500 million target one year ahead of schedule. Indeed, by the close of the campaign, our generous community of ChangeMakers had contributed $607 million to the campaign.

Most importantly, the people and projects supported by your generosity are seizing the opportunity to make a difference in the world. The campaign may have ended, but the good doesn’t stop.

Having taken up my position as Vice-Chancellor and President of UQ in August 2020, I feel privileged to be able to see the impact of this giving in action. 

Thank you for choosing to partner with the University to achieve our vision for a better world. 

We are proud to have you in our community of ChangeMakers.

Professor Deborah Terry AO
Vice-Chancellor and President


Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
$607,090,000 total funds raised. 121.5% of $500 million campaign goal.
16,643 donors from 61 countries gave 34,009 gifts. 4 out of 5 gifts were under $1000 proving every dollar counts.
Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
$384,850,000 raised for Driving Discovery and Impact. $131,950,000 raised for Transforming Teaching and Learning. $90,290,000 raised for Empowering Student Success.
$11.25 million raised for the Create Change Scholarship Match. 1115 gifts were matched from 77 donors.
2300+ students supported by philanthropic scholarships during the Campaign.
$607,090,000 total funds raised. 121.5% of $500 million campaign goal. 16,643 donors from 61 countries gave 34,009 gifts.
4 out of 5 gifts were under $1000 proving every dollar counts.
2300+ students supported by philanthropic scholarships during the Campaign.
$11.25 million raised for the Create Change Scholarship Match. 1115 gifts were matched from 77 donors.
Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
$607,090,000 total funds raised. 121.5% of $500 million campaign goal.
16,643 donors from 61 countries gave 34,009 gifts. 4 out of 5 gifts were under $1000 proving every dollar counts.
Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
$384,850,000 raised for Driving Discovery and Impact. $131,950,000 raised for Transforming Teaching and Learning. $90,290,000 raised for Empowering Student Success.
Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
2300+ students supported by philanthropic scholarships during the Campaign. $11.25 million raised for the Create Change Scholarship Match. 1115 gifts were matched from 77 donors.
$607,090,000 total funds raised. 121.5% of $500 million campaign goal. 16,643 donors from 61 countries gave 34,009 gifts.
4 out of 5 gifts were under $1000 proving every dollar counts.

MESSAGE FROM THE CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS

When we embarked on our journey as Co-Chairs of Not If, When – the Campaign to Create Change, we never could have anticipated the extraordinary response from you, our community of ChangeMakers.

Throughout the campaign, you have remained a constant source of inspiration for us, as well as for those who have benefitted from your gifts.

Countless students have received scholarships funded by donors like you, and we have felt privileged to witness the transformative power of education in their lives. Our teaching and learning programs are thriving – all thanks to your generous investment in world-class academics and facilities. And at centres across the University, our researchers have been empowered by you to uncover incredible solutions to some of our greatest challenges.

In our own personal journey – as both a researcher and a teacher – we have experienced first-hand the impact that the generosity of people like you can have on individual lives, on communities, and on the world.

The ongoing impact of your support is immeasurable. We cannot thank you enough for joining us on this journey to create change.

Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS and Mrs Caroline Frazer
Not If, When - the Campaign to Create Change Co-Chairs


MESSAGE FROM THE PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR (ADVANCEMENT)

There are more than 607 million reasons to thank you following the close of Not If, When – the Campaign to Create Change.

Because of you, students have been given support when they needed it most, research outcomes have been accelerated, and world-class academics and facilities can be found right here at UQ. 

In all, throughout this historic campaign, over $607 million has been donated to support students, foster innovative teaching and learning opportunities, and to drive research discoveries. 

On behalf of everyone involved in this ambitious campaign – thank you for being part of our ChangeMaker community.

Each gift, from $5 to eight-figure donations, is making an incredible change to improve our society on a local, national and global scale.

Beyond the dollars raised, the true success of this campaign is best illustrated in the stories of those who have been directly impacted by your generosity. In the pages that follow, you will find just a few. We hope you enjoy reading them – please know that you have made them possible.

Because of you, the good doesn’t stop.

Jennifer Karlson
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement)

Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
Campaign timelines commences in 2013 and continues with 2014 anecdotes.
The timeline continues through years 2015 and 2016.
The timeline continues through years 2017 and 2018.
The timeline continues through 2019.
The timeline continues through 2020.
The timeline closes with the end of the Campaign. $607,090,000 total funds raised. 34,009 gifts from 16,643 donors from 61 countries.
Not if, when campaign: 2013 - 2020.
Campaign timelines commences in 2013.
The timeline continues through 2014.
The timeline continues through 2014.
The timeline closes with the end of the Campaign. $607,090,000 total funds raised. 34,009 gifts from 16,643 donors from 61 countries.

2020: More support than ever

Three students cross the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. Sun flare obscures one student while another turns around smiling.

The final year of the campaign was our most generous year yet at UQ. With a renewed focus, our donors bolstered the UQ community during a time of unprecedented challenges.

The efforts of UQ researchers to fast-track a promising vaccine candidate for COVID-19 was met with overwhelming support from more than 2600 members of our alumni, donor and corporate community, committing over $10 million to help accelerate the project.

On UQ Giving Day 2020, a united UQ – staff, students, alumni and their communities – came together to help students by donating to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Support Fund to provide vital assistance to UQ students affected financially by the pandemic and other worthy causes. On the day we received almost $300,000 in support from 428 donors for causes across the University.

With an unwavering commitment to removing financial barriers to higher education, nearly 1000 donors partnered with UQ to grow our scholarship endowment by $11.25 million under the Create Change Scholarship Match. This groundswell created 130 new scholarships to support talented UQ students experiencing hardship, year after year, generation after generation.

These are just some of the many acts of kindness we saw in 2020. In the pages that follow, you will see some more highlights from the historic final year of the Not if, when campaign.

A student walks through the Great Court in the early morning sun. The sandstone cloisters are behind them.
2020 Endowment Fund Performance
$323.8 million - fund value, year ending 31.12.2020. 15.8% return, year ending 31.12.2020. 11.34% seven year average return.
2020 Endowment Fund Performance
$323.8 million - fund value, year ending 31.12.2020. 15.8% return, year ending 31.12.2020. 11.34% seven year average return.

The University's Greatest Need Fund

In 2020, over $88,000 was donated to the University’s Greatest Need Fund, which was then distributed to the following causes of importance.

$38,000 - Young Achievers Program. $25,400 - Pro Bono Centre. $15,000 - Student Emergency Support Fund. $10,000 - Global Change Institute.
A researcher works in a lab on the COVID-19 vaccine

Thank you...

Three students walk under a jacaranda tree in full bloom at the St Lucia campus. Two students look back happily.

The Not if, when campaign leaves a legacy that extends well beyond the gifts received. United by an unwavering care for humanity and one another, the UQ community is stronger and more connected than ever.

Through gifts of both time and treasure, you have helped shape a brighter future for generations to follow. 

Together, we have made history with the success of our first major philanthropic campaign. 

As we embark on the next chapter in UQ’s legacy, the message is simple: the good doesn’t stop.  

We will continue to partner with our community to make an impact – transforming students' lives through the gift of education, accelerating research and enriching our teaching and learning environment. 

We are also exploring new ways to ensure you can stay connected with the University and, importantly, to one another – no matter where you are.

We look forward to sharing our exciting plans with you soon. Until then, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. 

Because of you, the good doesn’t stop.