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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

Fundraising and development

ACU’s commitment to the development of partnerships with the community has been strengthened through the work of the fundraising and development team within the University Relations Directorate.

In 2008, the University updated its policy framework to provide a comprehensive guide to fundraising and development efforts by articulating new policies on:
  • acceptance and treatment of donations
  • honouring donors and benefactors through naming
  • external funding of chairs and other academic posts
  • naming of buildings, facilities and spaces
  • scholarships, bursaries, prizes and other awards.
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Major projects involving fundraising and partnerships

Establishment of Fethullah Gullen Chair

Professor Ismail Albayrak was appointed to the Fethullah Gullen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations, School of Arts and Sciences, based at the Melbourne Campus. The Chair is the result of a partnership with the Australian Intercultural Society and is supported by the Society and by members of the Islamic community in Australia.

Refurbishment of Central Hall

Funding to refurbish and upgrade the Central Hall at the Melbourne Campus was secured under the federal government’s Better Universities Renewal Funding (BURF) program.The refurbishment had commenced in 2006 with significant support in the form of a matching grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

Chair in Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education


A major feasibility study was undertaken into potential support for a Chair in Identity and Curriculum in Catholic Education, to be located at the Brisbane Campus. Following the identification of significant levels of support, a fundraising campaign was commenced, and is expected to be completed in 2009. 

New eMerge Foundation partnership


ACU welcomed the eMerge Foundation as a new partner in its support of the Catholic Teachers’ College in Baucau, East Timor. Representatives of the Foundation travelled to Baucau in October to attend the 2008 graduation ceremony and gained a first-hand understanding of the needs of the College and its students.

The trip was supported by Campus Travel, the University’s official travel agent, and staff and students at the Strathfield Campus also conducted fundraising activities, which enabled two new scholarships to be granted to students at the College.