Cambridge in America Annual Report FY22

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CA m ANNUAL REPORT Fiscal Year 2022
Philanthropy MATTERS


As of December 31, 2022

Peter A. Dawson


St. Catharine’s College

Gabrielle Bacon, PhD

Hughes Hall

Alison Davis

Selwyn College

Shawn M. Donnelley

Corpus Christi College

Marc A. Feigen

Executive Vice-Chair

St. John’s College

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., PhD

Pembroke College

Gavin Flynn


Downing College

Anthony Freeling, PhD

Acting Vice Chancellor

Hughes Hall


As of December 31, 2022

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., PhD

Clare College

Stanley P. Gold

Fitzwilliam College

Gurnee F. Hart Chairman Emeritus

Jesus College

Adrian N. Hobden, PhD

Churchill College

William H. Janeway, Hon. CBE, PhD Chairman Emeritus

Pembroke College

Chris Kojima

Hughes Hall

Marshal McReal

Magdalene College

Prakash A. Melwani

Sidney Sussex College

Carlos Pérez-Dávila

Queens’ College

Richard K. Roeder


St. John’s College

Pippa Rogerson, PhD

Gonville & Caius College

David Rowitch

Clare College

Jacqueline Spayne, MD, PhD

Trinity College

Rachelle Stretch, PhD

Trinity Hall

Alison Traub

Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations

Joe White

Sidney Sussex College

C. Kern Wildenthal, MD PhD

St. Catharine’s College


Una Ryan (Girton) Chair

Peter Dawson (St. Catharine’s)

Stephen Johnson (Trinity)

Andy Micallef (Churchill)

Ronjon Nag (Wolfson)

Saira Ramasastry (Christ’s)

Bob Rao (Jesus)


David Collis (Downing) Chair

David Ballinger (Downing)

Matthew Fedors (Fitzwilliam)

Srid Iyengar (Girton)

John Lambert (Christ’s)

David Manns (Trinity)

Alan Smith (Christ’s)

Antonia von Gottberg (Newnham)


Peter Selman (Fitzwilliam) Chair

Atul Aggarwal (Girton)

David Coulson (Clare)

Udi Chattopadhyay (Sidney Sussex)

Heidi Ha (Newnham)

Chad Shampine (Trinity)

Neil Westreich (Corpus Christi)


Jacqueline Spayne, (Trinity) Chair

Stephen Coxford (Gonville & Caius)

Annemarie Pallister (Magdalene)

Henry Perren (Pembroke)

Wayne Pommen (Pembroke)


Cristina Burelli (Queens’) Chair

Blair Lapres (Darwin)

Donna Netschert (Selwyn)

Irina Nikolic (Trinity Hall)

Joe Pesce (Peterhouse)

In this issue: 2 Letter from the Chair of the Board of Directors 3 Letter from the Executive Director 4 Dear World . . . Yours, Cambridge Closes 6 CAm Philanthropy by the Numbers 8 An interview with Professor Mary Beard 12 A Renaissance Legacy— Professor Lee Burns
The Cambridge in America Regional Committees seek to advance the support of Collegiate Cambridge and advise on regional philanthropic engagement to grow and sustain the networks of Cambridge alumni and friends across North America.

Queen Elizabeth II visits Cambridge

Photo courtesy of University of Cambridge

Professor Dame Mary Beard

Photo courtesy of Professor Mary Beard

Cambridge Rowing Team

Photo courtesy of Benedict Tufnell


Cambridge in America (CAm) advances the mission of the University of Cambridge and its thirty-one member Colleges by providing expertise in philanthropy and engagement and by growing the base of support for Collegiate Cambridge among alumni and friends in the US.


Gabrielle Bennett

Executive Director

Patricia Danver

Senior Director, Strategic Engagement

Anne Lacey

Senior Director, Development

Liliya Panko

Chief Financial Officer



Patricia Danver


Melissa Pesce


Michelle S. Baffuto


Dear Alumni and Friends of Cambridge in America,

I hope this note finds you healthy and in good spirits.

I am pleased to share a report of Cambridge in America’s activities for the 2022 fiscal year, which illustrates the results and impact of your philanthropy.

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, CAm continues to build and grow support for teaching, learning, and research for Collegiate Cambridge. Together we raised more than $38 million in FY22, continuing our trend of increasing our average year over year. We received gifts supporting multiple areas including scholarships and bursaries, fellowships, building projects and restoration, AI (Artificial Intelligence) research, climate repair, and so much more.

Moreover, the Cambridge in America community can take great pride in having contributed more than $500 million to the “Dear World . . . Yours, Cambridge” Campaign, which closed this year at £2.2 billion – well above the goal of £2 billion.

Cambridge in America continues to retain a fully engaged and committed Board of Directors. I am delighted to report that 100% of our Board has contributed financial support for Cambridge this fiscal year. You can read the biographies of each Board member on the CAm website.

I invite you to take a moment to reflect on, and celebrate, all that we have accomplished together this past year. With your philanthropy and engagement, we have helped our institution to maintain a firstrate academic community; enabled the life-changing opportunity of a Cambridge education to so many; and provided resources for groundbreaking research with the potential to positively impact many lives, and, indeed, the world.

Thank you for all you do. I look forward to another excellent year ahead.



Dear Alumni and Friends,

I am so pleased to share the stories of a successful year for Cambridge in America. It has been a joy to resume many of our pre-pandemic activities with in-person events, meetings with alumni and friends, and of course, to return to Collegiate Cambridge where academic and extracurricular activities are once again in full swing.

In these pages you will learn about the successful completion of the “Dear World . . . Yours, Cambridge” Campaign and crucial contributions of the North American community to funding for student support, teaching, learning and research. We also celebrate Professor Mary Beard, the iconic leader and advocate for the contribution of Classics to education, who retired in September 2022.

We are very grateful to those donors who participated in the Campaign at every level. The US population comprises approximately 13% of Cambridge’s overall contactable alumni base but accounted for 20.5% of the Campaign total, demonstrating the strength of Cambridge alumni and friends in the US.

CAm continues to maintain a robust annual giving program, supporting the fundraising efforts of individual Colleges and University initiatives. In FY22, $770,000 came from more than 5,000 gifts of $1,000 or less, demonstrating that gifts of any amount truly add up to make a collective impact on student support, teaching, and learning. We are thankful for all gifts from alumni and friends — no matter the size, each gift makes a difference.

It has been said before that the only constant is change, and this year is no different. We look forward to working closely with incoming Vice Chancellor Deborah Prentice as she begins her tenure at Collegiate Cambridge and introducing her to the dynamic and generous community that is Cambridge in America.

Many thanks again for all you do for CAm. With your sustained engagement and support, we look ahead to another successful year in the service of Collegiate Cambridge.

With gratitude,


Dear World,

The campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge, the largest in Cambridge’s history, closed in 2022 after surpassing its £2 billion target, for a total of £2.2 billion.

From Europe to Antarctica, the campaign has successfully turned philanthropy into global impact, reaching every continent.

From supporting bursaries, scholarships, and new academic posts to new initiatives, buildings and facilities, philanthropy is ensuring that Collegiate Cambridge continues to serve society through academic excellence.

None of this is possible without the vision and generosity of donors, volunteers and alumni like you.

Thank you for believing in Cambridge.

Yours, Cambridge

P.S. From Cambridge in America


Donors to CAm contributed more than $514 million to the recordbreaking “Dear World . . . Yours, Cambridge” campaign. Almost $26 million came from gifts under $50,000 that supported Colleges and initiatives such as student support, health care and Cambridge Zero (Cambridge’s climate research initiative), among others.

Over the past campaign, CAm’s Annual Giving team partnered with Collegiate Cambridge on fundraising appeals that significantly increased gifts ranging from $1 to $50,000 and engaging more than 20,000 alumni from across North America.

“Annual Giving is the lifeblood of philanthropy,” says CAm Executive Director Gabrielle Bennett, and former

Development Director of Downing College. “Our program means that every Cambridge alumna/us living in the US can support the cause of their choice at Collegiate Cambridge.”

Alumni can designate a gift to CAm in support of their College, School, or University initiative of choice and receive the US tax benefits of philanthropic giving. Brian Beeston, a volunteer who leads the San Diego Alumni Group, set up a monthly recurring gift that is deducted from his credit card to benefit his College. “I donate to Selwyn as a way of giving back for the wonderful three years of exceptional education and social life that I enjoyed at the finest University on the globe. I contribute automatically, monthly, so I don’t forget. It’s a much more convenient way to give than making an annual or infrequent donation.”

Recurring gifts like Brian’s have more than doubled since 2017, bringing in more than $700,000 in support of the “Dear World . . .” Campaign.

“What better cause is there than to invest in the future of mankind and assist young people in obtaining a similar education and experience to what I received?” he notes.



£2.2 billion from 130,140 DONORS, with the help of 12,067 VOLUNTEERS, resulted in:


Reducing unnecessary breast cancer therapy, side effects and treatment costs while maintaining survival rates.

Philanthropic support for the University’s research and facilities has led to global improvement in treatment for those with breast cancer.

Each year more than 500,000 women worldwide die of breast cancer. Aggressive treatment strategies have doubled breast cancer survival rates since the 1970s, but many patients are over-treated, resulting in unnecessary long-term side effects and excessive healthcare costs.

Partial breast treatment has been shown to cause fewer side effects, halve exposure to radiation for the heart and produce excellent disease control. Cambridge-led clinical trials have identified those breast cancer patients who can be treated with reduced-volume radiation and reduced-duration antiHER2 antibody (trastuzumab) therapy.

This research has directly changed practice in the UK, Canada, US, Europe and India, underpinning a global deescalation in breast cancer therapy that spares eligible patients from unnecessary side effects, preserves excellent survival rates, and reduces treatment costs significantly.

Partial breast radiotherapy is now used routinely in some of the largest and most technologically advanced cancer centers worldwide including Canada (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), Canada Cancer Centres, and the US (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center).

Cambridge researchers have demonstrated that for some patients, six months of treatment is as effective as twelve months. This finding has directly increased the use of partial breast radiotherapy in several countries, including India and South Africa.


Cambridge in America


In FY22, Cambridge in America accepted more than $40 million in gifts to support teaching, learning, and research across Collegiate Cambridge. Gifts came from all sectors of the University community — alumni, corporations, foundations, and even non-alumni continue to support individual Colleges, scholarship and bursaries, initiatives across a myriad of disciplines including physics and math, arts and humanities, and medical research.

$1,325,835 CORPORATION

$7,788,467 FOUNDATION

$10,509,418 NON-ALUMNI

$1,618,430 ESTATE

$19,199,171 ALUMNI



Alumni giving has increased by more than 150% since 2020.

ANNUAL GIVING (Gifts under $50,000 )

Annual Giving (gifts under $50,000) has grew by 13% since 2020.

FY22 FY21 FY20 $0 $5,000,000 $10,000,000 $15,000,000 $20,000,000 $25,000,000
FY22 FY21 FY20 $4,000,000 $4,200,000 $4,400,000 $4,600,000 $4,800,000 $5,200,000 $5,000,000 7


Philanthropy, and the Future of Classics

Dame Mary Beard, Professor in the Faculty of Classics and Fellow of Newnham College, has been called the world’s most famous classicist. She spoke with us about her career, her emergence as a feminist icon, and the role of philanthropy in classics, as she approached her retirement in September 2022.


What inspired you to pursue classics as an academic discipline and as a profession?

I’ve a very boring answer to that, which is that I was very good at Latin and Greek as a high school student. When you’re good at things, you concentrate on them, and you get even better. On some level, that’s the true answer. However, I think that misses something. When I was five, my mum took me to the British Museum. We visited the “Everyday Life in Egypt Room” and at the back of this very high, grownup case, there was a piece of 4,000-year-old carbonized Egyptian cake. I had to see it. A curator opened the case and brought the cake out for me. He changed my life, really—he started me thinking that (A) the ancient world was something you could explore and (B) people could help you. People could open cases for you. That was very meaningful. I hope I’ve opened a few cases in my time.

How have you seen the field of classics evolve since you started your career?

It has changed dramatically. There are some basic skills that remain important, for instance, reading Latin and Greek. But just to give one example, when I was a student, it was really all about men—male politicians in the ancient world,

battles, and a little bit of economic history. Now the idea of teaching the ancient world from an entirely male point of view seems unbelievable. Some of the very difficult debates that people have been having about binary and nonbinary sexuality have made me think differently about my teaching and especially about ancient Greece and Rome. The past and the present engage with each other. The debates today about binary sexuality were there in the ancient world, but we didn’t recognize them because we weren’t taught to recognize them. I’m looking at different ways to think about sexuality and that is reflected in what I say and do, and what I teach about antiquity.

We have also recognized, much more clearly than before, that the ancient world was not totally white. The Roman Empire was multicultural. Studying Greece and Rome means not only studying Italy and mainland Greece, but Egypt and other areas. Even Italy and mainland Greece were a lot more mixed than we imagine. I think that’s very important.

Why is the study of classics still important today?

I’m not a hardliner who insists that everyone should study classics, but I want it to be an option because it helps you think about now as well as the ancient world. It helps you reflect on us and what we’re doing, as well as what happened in the past, in sometimes surprising ways.


What’s the first work of western literature?

Homer’s Iliad. How does the Iliad start? With a plague. It starts with a pandemic. Much of western culture is founded on plagues and pandemics. We’ve been debating it for at least two-and-one-half thousand years. Oedipus Rex—in some ways the most famous Greek tragedy—how does it start? A plague. If we want to get our heads around modern pandemics, we should think about ancient ones too.

It’s not that the classical world has solutions to modern problems. But the study of it helps you understand why you think as you do. It offers a framework for discussing and understanding what’s happening.


You’ve emerged as a feminist icon and role model for women. How did this come about? It started when I wrote Women & Power: A Manifesto. I’ve always defined as a feminist, but I never thought about being public until I was asked to do some lectures for the London Review of Books. The editor chose the title “The Public Voice of Women” and I agreed. And that piqued my interest in women’s voices and how women were heard both now and in antiquity.

What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced in academia as a woman?

Being able to speak at a seminar was my biggest challenge. For the first ten to fifteen years of my career, I went to seminars, which I enjoyed, but in the discussions afterward—where academic reputations can be made and lost—I could never get my point in. It was the same for a lot of women. We were in a strange and foreign world; we had a lot to say but couldn’t speak the language. Eventually, I found a way of doing it, though I’m not sure exactly how.

Any idea on what might have changed for you?

One thing was that I stopped bothering to be fluent in “their” language. I thought, I will say it my way. I was not going to pretend to be a man; I would be myself. This may sound a bit romantic (all about personal authenticity), and it’s not meant to sound like a self-help guide. But I found that academic success rested on “being me,” not pretending to be someone else. In some ways, that was the turning point.


What advice might you give to women—or anyone—navigating a career today?

I don’t think anyone can give you a template for this. But when you find out how to speak in a way that you are happy with, then you’ve won. Sometimes you say stupid things; the fact that you’re speaking authentically doesn’t mean that you’re being intelligent. Sometimes it certainly doesn’t. But I tell you, it’s a lot nicer to say something stupid when you feel it’s you that’s speaking. Feeling okay about being wrong is terribly important.

I am also pleased when people want my books signed for their daughters—but even more so when they want copies for their sons. If feminism has a point, which it does, it’s also about making things better for men. Feminism has to be partly about rescuing men from themselves.


What challenges do you see ahead for the field of classics?

I think lately there has been a broad attack on the humanities. There is a sense that an education is an instrument for getting a career, and that you judge an education’s success by what salary your graduates earn. I would argue that a classics education helps you to think differently. The degree is about thinking outside the box; thinking about hard things and getting to the point where you don’t even know where to go in your head. It isn’t easy. But those kinds of skills are undervalued.

What is your hope for the Faculty of Classics in the future? What kind of role can philanthropy play in that?

My ambition is that classics should always matter. Philanthropy could play a hugely important role in this. Ensuring that the study of Classics endures depends on the ability to attract new constituencies. We now offer a full linguistic course for students who don’t have the languages when they come to Cambridge. We will teach you Latin and Greek, from scratch, in an extra year. It has been hugely successful. Some of the people who have the best first-class degrees this year have taken these courses. But it’s very expensive—for both the students and our faculty. If we want classics to be more diverse in every way, we need money to support that new aspect of the program.

We also have a hugely successful master’s course, bringing in people from all over the world to do a one-year program in classics. Some of them go on to do PhD work, some don’t, but again the cost is huge for students from outside the UK. If we want to continue to be a global center for classics, and we want classics to reflect the diversity of the world, then we must be able to accept the brightest and the best, regardless of their background or financial situation.

My ambition is that classics should always matter. Philanthropy could play a hugely important role in this.

What do you see as being your legacy at Cambridge?

It’s very hard. Because your legacy is up to other people to decide. I think that, over my career, I have helped change things in the Faculty and its curriculum. Some things we now take for granted, like studying the history of classics—which was frowned upon when I first proposed a course in it—is now an established part of the degree. I feel proud to have been part of changing that.

What the next phase of your career?

At the moment I’m finishing a book about Roman emperors. I’m going to do some television. I’m giving so many lectures! The aim was—just occasionally—to put my feet up but I

won’t be doing that soon. Cambridge is very good to people in my position in that I can still be part of the community, use the library, attend seminars. I still have a community I’m a part of, but in a different way.



A Renaissance Legacy: PROFESSOR LEE BURNS

The term “Renaissance Man” is often overused, but it can safely be said that 1209 Society member Professor Leland S Burns demonstrated a kind of “renaissance philanthropy” in the breadth and depth of his legacy gifts to Cambridge. No less than three Colleges will benefit from his generosity and vision.

Burns, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 87, was born in Iowa and attended the University of California Los Angeles where he received a BS in business administration, followed by an MBA in 1957. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands where he received his PhD in economics. His association with the University of Cambridge covered decades as a research scholar and 10 years as a lecturer in the Department of Land Economy. He kept an apartment in the middle of Cambridge on Thompson Street. He was a prolific author not only of seminal works in his field, but also of Busy Bodies, a witty look at how Americans spend their time, and a novel, Shooting at the Movies. A noted organist, Professor Burns revered music and architecture in his personal life, and his legacy includes an architectural wonder of a Southern California home, designed by Charles Moore, that

houses Burns’ baroque pipe organ. The Burns House will become a center of scholarship, creativity, and conversation in architecture and music. His gracious philanthropy includes a provision for a Lee Burns Fellowship recipient, selected by St. John’s College, which will include a sabbatical residency of two to three months at the Burns House.

Professor Burns’ gifts to Cambridge will also establish the St. John’s Music Fund, supporting the College’s music programs; provide stipends to students at Fitzwilliam College in memory of Gordon Cameron, a former Master and Professor of Land Economy; and last but certainly not least, provide funds to support the Muze Trust activities at Pembroke College. The Muze Trust works in Zambia to complement the work of other charitable organizations, and specifically supports music-making in urban and rural communities.



Established by Cambridge in America in 1998, The 1209 Society celebrates the many generous benefactors in the US who recognize the University of Cambridge and its 31 Colleges through their estate planning. At 307 members and growing, The 1209 Society is also a wonderful way to connect with like-minded alumni and friends of Collegiate Cambridge. When you notify CAm that you have included your College or the University in your estate plans, it is known as a bequest intention. With this, you will be invited to become a lifetime member of The 1209 Society.

The 1209 Society membership benefits include:

} Invitations to special events

} Recognition certificate (signed by the ViceChancellor of the University and the Chair of the Board of Directors of Cambridge in America)

} Bi-annual newsletter, 1209 Notes

} Listing in The 1209 Society Roll of Honor (a bound book listing honorees kept by the University)

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