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Friends of CDU

Friends of CDU builds on the legacy created by the former CDU Foundation to enhance the relationship between our University and the community. The support we receive helps fund scholarships, research initiatives, language and culture programs and other activities that benefit the university and its students.

As a Friend of CDU, you have access to exclusive events and opportunities to engage with the university’s faculty, staff, and students.

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CDU's Making a Difference Appeal

CDU continues to advance our Strategic Plan to become Australia’s most connected University by being courageous and Making a Difference in the NT, Australia and beyond.

As it nears the end of financial year, we warmly invite you to consider giving a tax-deductible gift to CDU’s Making a Difference Appeal to help us address our most critical priorities and respond confidently to any new challenges and opportunities. 

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Area of Greatest Need

A gift to CDU’s Area of Greatest Need fund will assist the University to address critical priorities and respond confidently to new challenges and opportunities. 

Gifts to "areas of greatest need" influence CDU life in many ways. They provided CDU with the flexibility to quickly address student projects and initiatives, the financial needs of students, unforeseen challenges, and new opportunities to strengthen the student experience.

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Student Emergency Fund

Throughout COVID-19, CDU rose to the challenge of supporting students adversely affected by the pandemic. 

Gifts to the CDU Student Emergency Fund will allow the university to continue to respond to unforeseen emergencies that expose students to financial hardship.

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Support student scholarships and experience

At CDU we believe that education is for everyone. You can give a helping hand to a high-achieving student who couldn't otherwise attend university because of disadvantage, distance or disability. 

You can also help enhance the student experience by supporting student initiatives and programs. At CDU, we value educational experiences that extend beyond the lecture theatre.

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Support First Nations students and research

CDU's strategic goal is to be the most recognised university for Australian First Nations, training, education and research. Supporting First Nations programs and initiatives can assist with improving access to tertiary study and facilitate better higher education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Support Research

Through our institutes and centres, in collaboration with national and international institutions, our researchers work to solve problems, advance knowledge and pursue innovation that makes people’s lives better.

Donations can be made directly to research centres or a research program of your choice.

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Encourage and Inspire

The CDU Prize Program acknowledges our most-dedicated and high-achieving students and by contributing, you are helping us encourage and inspire them to continue striving for excellence.

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The Guardians of Greek Language and Culture

Established in 2012, the Guardians of Greek Language and Culture (more commonly known as The Greek Guardians) has worked together with the Northern Territory’s Greek community to secure the University’s Greek Language and Culture Program.

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Friends of CDU Art Gallery

The CDU Art Collection and Gallery cultivates friends to support and advocate for our art collection, exhibition programs and public programs.

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Support the Molly Wardaguga Institute for First Nations Birth Rights

The Molly Wardaguga Institute for First Nations Birth Rights was a strategic investment by Charles Darwin University in 2019. Established in honour of Burarra Elder and midwife who worked extensively to improve health outcomes, with a vision of returning birthing services to Indigenous communities and Indigenous control. Centre co-directors, Professors Kildea and Roe, are leaders in health services research in midwifery, culturally responsive models of care and Indigenous health.

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DJÄKAMIRR is a privileged insight into the aspirations of remote First Nations communities to reclaim their birthing culture from the stronghold of Western medicine; and be part of the solutions to improve health.

Filmed over a two year period on-country in Arnhem Land, the documentary is a rare invitation to experience Yolŋu women’s culture and hear their aspirations for maternity services. 

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CDU IT Code Fair

IT CodeFair is a prestigious event held by Charles Darwin University (CDU) that aims to provide an opportunity to encourage and advocate students’ talents, showcasing their dedication more broadly on an industrial level.

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Donate to The Centre for Youth and Community Music

When you donate to CYCM you are helping to ensure our students receive a high-quality musical education. We thank you for your generous support.

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Support CDU's Dangudbila team to the Indigenous Nationals

For the third year in a row, CDU will be sending a team of First Nations students to represent at the 2024 Indigenous Nationals games being held at the University of Wollongong in June 2024. First Nations students from universities across Australia will verse each other in four core sports – touch football, netball, basketball, and volleyball.

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