Advancement works with colleagues across the University of Melbourne and its affiliates to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between the University and its alumni, friends and benefactors.
Through Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne, the Advancement team aims to match the generosity and enthusiasm of the community with the causes they feel passionate about.
The Campaign seeks to engage 100 000 of our alumni community in the life of the University and raise $1 billion by 2021.
The support given through the Campaign is already having immense impact on our students, research and community engagement programs.
The Director of Advancement, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences leads alumni relations and philanthropic programs for the Faculty, fostering strong relationships with key stakeholders, including major donors, hospitals and research institute partners.
Karen Van Sacker
The Director of Advancement for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) focuses on connecting people and partners to their passions through giving and engagement that advances the positive impacts that science in all its wonder and applications brings to the world around us.
Advancement Operations delivers support and services to Advancement teams within the shared service and Advancement clusters to enable the University of Melbourne’s connection with its alumni and philanthropic community to thrive. The Operations team encompasses, Advancement Information Management, Business Operations, Gift Operations (including gift coordination, gift processing and gift financial reporting) and Gift Acceptance.
Alumni and Donor Relations connects the University of Melbourne with a community of more than 360 000 alumni around the world, building lifelong relationships. It oversees alumni events, communications and marketing, advocacy and recognition programs, regular giving, and student experience and benefits.
The Director of Advancement for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, leads a development programs and a number of alumni relations programs across these areas, working closely with colleagues across the University to develop a culture of philanthropy.
The Director Development Advancement oversees the strategy for University-wide fundraising across Australia and internationally through a range of programs that include principal and major gifts, gifts in wills (bequests and planned gifts), donor relations, and research and prospective donor management.