How your gifts are managed

Philanthropy has been at the heart of RMIT since the day our doors first opened in 1887.

The spirit of philanthropy

In 1882, RMIT's founder, Melbourne philanthropist and grazier Francis Ormond, lit the spark that would eventually become RMIT. He pledged £5,000 to build a working men's college, and challenged the people of Melbourne  to match his contribution. 

The spirit of philanthropy upon which the University was founded continues.

RMIT has been gifted endowments of all kinds, given by people and institutions who recognise the value of education.

RMIT's Francis Ormond building RMIT's Francis Ormond building

Frequently asked questions

Donations of all sizes make an impact, there is no minimum requirement. All donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia. Find out more about ways to give.

100% of your donation goes directly to the area you choose whether it's scholarships, research or supporting an RMIT program.

All donations are managed with care and in compliance with all relevant government regulations. The RMIT Philanthropy Fund is responsible for the effective management and administration of all philanthropic funds donated to RMIT. The Fund is managed by a committee of executive staff members who oversee the philanthropic funds received by RMIT. The committee reports to the Audit and Risk Management Committee and to the RMIT Council. 

As part of our deep commitment to sustainability, and in response to passionate feedback from the RMIT community, we are strengthening our ethical approach to philanthropic investments. Refer to our policy.

All gifts over $2 in Australia are tax deductible. RMIT University (ABN 49 781 030 034) is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a DGR Item 1. RMIT University can accept income tax deductible donations from individuals, corporations, Trusts and Foundations.

Yes. Contact us to talk about how you’d like to make an impact.

Our Philanthropy Policy provides a framework for philanthropic fundraising at RMIT and seeks to optimise the effectiveness of strategies and initiatives across the RMIT Group.

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We're here to help - if you'd like to know more about how your gift will be managed - get in touch

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer