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.

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Our commitment to donors

RMIT Philanthropy connects our community of supporters - donors, staff, alumni, industry partners and students - with University initiatives they are passionate about, to deliver strategic funding and support that advances RMIT’s ambitions. The University was established through a £5,000 gift from Sir Francis Ormond and the generosity of working Melburnians passionate about an institution created just for them. The Philanthropy team is committed to maintaining this legacy, in partnership with our donors, by supporting extraordinary RMIT education, research and innovation outcomes that change lives and shape the world.

To ensure that RMIT Philanthropy protects the University’s interests and maintains the respect, trust and confidence of our supporters, we make the following commitments:

  • All RMIT fundraising activities will abide by the CASE Principles of Practice and Statement of Ethics.
  • We will not seek or accept philanthropic support that compromises our fundamental values and principles, including that of academic freedom, or where there is a likelihood of reputational damage, financial loss, or illegal or unethical activity.
  • Any philanthropic gifts accepted will meet the University’s legislative and policy requirements and support RMIT strategic objectives.
  • All philanthropic gifts will be used effectively and ethically in line with donor wishes and any applicable cultural protocols. Where it is no longer practicable or appropriate to use a gift for its intended purpose, we promise to remain as true as possible to the supporter’s original intentions and stipulations.
  • Every philanthropic gift or pledge made to the University will be receipted in a timely manner, as well as acknowledged in line with the size and designation of the gift or pledge, and in accordance with donor wishes.
  • Donors will be kept informed of the use and impact of their giving, and offered opportunities to meaningfully connect with the University and its mission.
  • Donors will be kept informed about RMIT, its evolving priorities and strategy, services, events and achievements. 
  • We will comply with all relevant privacy laws and regulations, respecting the privacy of all donors. Donor details will be treated confidentially and not shared with any third party without their explicit permission. Any request to be removed from contact lists, or to limit the number and types of contact with us will be respected and actioned promptly. 
  • All donated funds will be invested, where applicable, in accordance with the RMIT Investment Strategy and the Responsible Investment Principles. RMIT will, upon request, share its most recently published financial statements with donors.

Frequently asked questions

An email receipt is automatically sent to you as soon as your donation has been processed. If you do not receive your receipt within an hour of donating, please contact us at giving@rmit.edu.au and we will send you a copy. 

If you are an Australian taxpayer and your donation is of $2 or more, it is tax deductible through your next tax return.

RMIT is a certified Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) with the ATO.

All donations to endowment funds are invested as per RMIT’s Responsible Investment Principles through our partnership with Russell Investments. Interest and earnings generated through investments are directed back into the endowment to support its ongoing success and impact.

RMIT is committed to using all donations effectively and ethically in line with donor wishes and any applicable cultural protocols. We also confirm that 100 per cent of your gift will go to the stated cause, without deducting any administration fees.

All donations to RMIT are acknowledged in line with the size and designation of the gift, and in accordance with donor wishes. Therefore, you might hear about the impact of your gift in a number of ways, from personal letters and updates, to events, newsletters and our annual Impact Report magazine. 

RMIT works together with donors to ensure your donation has the greatest impact. All philanthropic gifts are designed to honour the donors wishes while also supporting the University’s strategic objectives and meeting our legislative and policy requirements. We have a variety of existing initiatives from scholarships and research to innovation projects that you can support to drive greater education, research and impact outcomes. If you’d like to support a new initiative at RMIT, please contact us at giving@rmit.edu.au to discuss what’s possible

RMIT has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, and in response to passionate feedback from the RMIT community, we are strengthening our ethical approach to philanthropic investments. Our Responsible Investment Principles were developed to guide our investment managers and ensure that our portfolio minimises activities that have material impact on climate change, including involvement in fossil fuels, while also screening for issues relating to public health and wellbeing.

RMIT also regularly monitor the portfolio in relation to globally accepted norms on corporate sustainability behaviours to ensure we meet our commitments to the UN Global Compact. All donated funds are invested as per the Responsible Investment Principles and through our partnership with Russell Investments to maximise their impact.

All donations are acknowledged in accordance with donor wishes. Therefore, gifts can be recognised publicly, or anonymously if you prefer. Our donation forms all provide the option to make a gift anonymously, in which case your confidentiality will be ensured. RMIT is also committed to respecting your privacy as per relevant privacy laws and regulations, and our Privacy Policy.

RMIT gratefully accepts gifts in Wills and appreciates the impact they have on the future of education, research and innovation at the University. If you’d like to include RMIT in your Will, please contact us at giving@rmit.edu.au and a member of the Philanthropy team will work with you to ensure your gift has the desired impact. More information about leaving a bequest to RMIT is here

If you are uncomfortable making a donation online, the Philanthropy team can assist you by taking a donation over the phone. Please contact us on +61 3 9925 5220 to do so.

We are able to accept online donations from any originating currency via our online donation form and will receipt you appropriately.

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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 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

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.