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Development and the donor experience

Development refers to the fundraising activity the Advancement team facilitates for the University. Great donor experience is essential to that activity.


Fundraising activity happens at a faculty level and a university-wide level. We work closely with an area, School or researcher to identify strong fundable opportunities to support student experience, research and projects with positive community-impact outcomes.

The donor experience

In University Advancement, we want each and every one of Curtin’s donors to have an exceptional giving experience. This starts from the moment they display an interest in giving to a Curtin initiative and continues for not only the life cycle of that initial gift, but for all their future gifts. The goal of providing a positive donor experience is to cultivate a mutually beneficial friendship that has a positive impact on Curtin and the community for decades.

Two terms that explain the broad donor journey are:

Cultivation – relationship-building before receiving a donation.

Stewardship – relationship-building after receiving a donation.

Stewardship is the diligent practice of maintaining and strengthening relationships with our supporters after their financial or in-kind gifts have been received. We do this by keeping them informed of the impact their gift creates, ensuring we keep our promises to them, letting them know how valuable their friendship is to us and reciprocating their kindness.

In University Advancement, we have a strong focus on stewardship.

Advancement contacts

For more information on development and the donor experience please contact the corresponding team member:

Business and Law:

Health Sciences:


Science and Engineering:

John Curtin Gallery:


For all other queries, please contact

Types of donations and donation caution areas

To find the types of donations accepted by Curtin and donation caution areas, please refer to the documents below.

Types of donations

Donation caution areas

Due diligence checklist

For more information regarding the University’s Donations to Curtin Policy and the Donation Acceptance and Solicitation Procedures, please refer to the Find a policy page.


The Look Ever Forward Society was established in 2021 to recognise the generosity and vision of the growing number of staff, graduates and friends who have pledged to support Curtin University through a gift in their Will.

If you wish to discuss leaving a legacy gift to the university, please see our website or email