Major donations to the Business School

The Business School relies on strong and ongoing support from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to achieve its wider objectives. We are grateful to all past, present and future donors and sponsors.

Philanthropic giving is integral to the future growth and development of the Business School and in the past six years, due largely to the generous donations from supportive individuals, public and private sector organisations and our corporate partners, we have made considerable progress. On this page we acknowledge our major donors.

Sir Owen G Glenn

In 2002 expatriate businessman, Sir Owen G Glenn donated $7.5 million for the development of the Business School's premises and facilities, and ongoing improvements.

This generous contribution enabled the construction of our distinctive new home, the iconic Sir Owen G Glenn Building, vast improvements to our programmes, the attraction and retainment of distinguished, highly respected academics and the development of new initiatives.

The Sir Owen G Glenn Building provides the School with state-of-the-art facilities and a fantastic location for our students, staff and members of the wider community to share ideas and engage in collaborative projects.

In 2008 Owen Glenn followed his initial $7.5 million donation with an additional $500,000 to establish the Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarships. These scholarships received matched funding of $250,000.

Charles Bidwill

A $3 million gift from New Zealand philanthropist and businessman, Charles Bidwill enabled us to establish the University of Auckland Business School Entrepreneurial Challenge. This contribution will assist New Zealand businesses that demonstrate exceptional promise to move to the next level of growth and development.

Other major contributions

In 2006 the Business School received a donation of $5 million from an anonymous family trust, with an additional $5 million of matched funding available to create a University of Auckland Business School Endowment Fund. This fund will help provide the school with a sustainable income stream which will be used to support professorships, academic fellowships, postgraduate scholarships and support, research and teaching initiatives and the visiting of international scholars and experts.