Double the impact of your gift: the Harding Challenge

At the beginning of this academic year, Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope announced the Harding Challenge, made possible by the £100 million gift from David and Claudia Harding in February 2019.

Their vision was to encourage new donors to collegiate Cambridge and support students in greatest need across the University. They wanted to provide an opportunity to enhance the impact of your generosity and multiply the power of your donation, whilst supporting student life and wellbeing to help ensure that students can truly thrive at Cambridge. 

In response to Covid 19, the Hardings have very generously extended this scheme to include gifts from recent first time donors and those that haven't given for some time. Only gifts for student support and wellbeing over the next academic year, will qualify for this match funding.  Your gift will unlock, pound for pound, a contribution to a special fund for undergraduate financial support which will benefit not only students at Robinson, but also undergraduates in greatest need across Cambridge, enabling us to do more for them than ever before. It will in turn inspire others. Gifts of any size up to £100,000 qualify — every pound makes a difference. For further information please contact the Development Director. 

Who would benefit from my gift?

Your donation would go entirely to benefit students at Robinson in the area that you’d like to support.

The money unlocked would also be highly beneficial to students at Robinson, as part of expansions to the Cambridge Bursary Scheme aimed at helping all undergraduates in greatest need across the whole University.

Students at Robinson will not only benefit from your kind donation in the specific area you would like to support, but also from the funds which are unlocked by you and others.

How exactly does the Harding Challenge work?

The money which your donation unlocks will provide additional resource for the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, which is being expanded so that a greater number of students will be eligible, and those in greatest need will receive more than ever before.

This additional resource is distributed to students across the Collegiate University. How it is distributed is based on College wealth and undergraduate student numbers. In Robinson’s case, distributions are weighted in the College’s favour and benefit to the College is amplified.

The result is for every £1 Robinson spends on new support for undergraduates, an extra £5.16 from the Harding Challenge will also be put towards this support, totalling £6.16. It is support from alumni like you, as well as donations from alumni at other Colleges, which enables Robinson to benefit from this extra funding available.

An outstanding opportunity

This is a once in a generation offer to multiply your support to students who need it most. Please take advantage of the Harding Challenge now, and multiply the power of your donation by giving to student support at Robinson.

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