About the Foundation
The Charles Darwin University Foundation was established in 1993 to enhance the relationship between the University and the wider Northern Territory community. The Foundation is trustee of the Charles Darwin University Foundation Trust. It encourages donations and other contributions and guarantees the security of funds raised to promote the University's development.
A company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital, the Foundation is established under a Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. The Board of Directors comprises the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, three representatives appointed by the University Council, two elected representatives of corporate members and two elected representatives of individual members.
While the University receives funding from both the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments for essential recurrent and capital costs, the Foundation was established to generate the extra funds needed for investment in a wide variety of programs, projects and infrastructure.
The support provided by donors can be acknowledged in a variety of ways, such as:
naming rights to a nominated project, which will be granted to significant donors;
acknowledgment in appropriate University publications; and
invitations to major University functions, especially those in which donors may have a particular interest.
Donations are cumulative and donors progress to new levels when totals are achieved.
Current major projects include:
- redevelopment of the University Theatre
- Indonesian Garden development
- Charles Darwin University Art Collection & Art Gallery
The Foundation has raised more than $21 million to date. Contributions are both cash and in-kind and may be targeted to specific projects if requested.