Donations to the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund have wide-reaching effects and, by funding a diverse range of activities and initiatives, support the whole Macquarie University community.
For Doug Sutherland, the Fund was the perfect recipient of 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.”
The Vice-Chancellor’s Fund has supported a variety of ground-breaking initiatives like the ones below.
- Workshops on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) - in rural towns, empowering and providing access and opportunities to show where science can take them
- Remove barriers to tertiary education for people who are disadvantaged. View Lobsang Ngodup's story.
When Macquarie’s pioneering ethos is supported by generous alumni and friends, the possibilities for growth are limitless.
Light the way
Macquarie University’s namesake, Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, was responsible for Australia’s first lighthouse, which began operating in 1818. For nearly 200 years, the Macquarie Lighthouse at South Head has been shining light into the darkness across the Pacific, casting a warm glow to boats and ships, and leading the way to safety.
This lighthouse forms the central element on our coat of arms. It is a powerful symbol of our proud heritage and our vision for strength and wisdom – a beacon that lights a brighter future for everyone.
Find out how you can build your lighthouse and get involved
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.
Our ideas and innovations have changed so many lives.
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