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Fundraising at The Open University

Together we can Open Up the Future

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In 1969, we launched a revolution that’s changed millions of lives. Whether it’s providing training to inspire teachers in the poorest parts of the world, or pioneering research that trains dogs to detect cancer, our projects work to make the impossible, possible. But we can’t do it alone. We believe that education should be open to all, your support is vital in ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstance, has the opportunity to unlock their potential through education. Together we can change lives.

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Help us to Open up the Future

Our projects bring immeasurable benefits to so many lives, and we rely on the generosity of our donors for all of them. We’re already making a difference worldwide – but we have the potential to do even more.



By working in partnership we can achieve shared goals; combining the University’s global reach and academic expertise with your organisation’s ambitions. Together, we can develop innovative projects to tackle a wide array of social, cultural and global issues.


Ways to support the OU

By making a gift to The Open University, you can help to transform people's lives through education. Find out about the different ways that you can support The Open University.

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Meet the team

Here's how to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Our Tree of Learning and you

Here's your chance to add your personalised OU shield to our special 'Tree of Learning' sculpture

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On behalf of the students and millions of lives touched by the projects you support, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has ever supported The Open University – you’ve personally made such a difference.

Donor recognition

Taking care of donors

As you care for others through your gifts, we care for you.

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Register on the alumni website to update your details, view your qualifications and read inspirational alumni stories (and share your own!)


Frequently asked questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions may be able to answer your query