Support us

The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is built on philanthropy. As a registered charity, we are owned by New Zealand, for the benefit of all.

We rely on support from the community, the corporate sector, contestable grants and trusts to make medical breakthroughs.

Your support, big or small, will directly contribute to world-leading research and discovery, harnessing the power of the immune system to improve human health. 

We are often approached by donors who are looking to support medical research, but are not sure where to start. We hope the following gives you the information you need to make an informed decision about supporting the Malaghan Institute.

To help ensure that your donation makes a real and lasting difference, we pride ourselves on these four areas of success:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Research effectiveness
  • Capability building

Using these four metrics, we aim to help you make an informed decision about your support, and can help track the impact of your giving.

All of us at the Malaghan Institute value your support and want to help you make a decision that you feel comfortable with and aligns with your values and motivations. By having performance measures and standards in place, we hope you will join us in preventing, treating, and ultimately curing diseases.


It is our commitment that funds are being used responsibly and effectively to achieve our goals. We have a strategic plan to direct our research areas for the coming years. Our research is peer reviewed, and every year we challenge ourselves to increase our medical research outcomes. We monitor the progress of our research regularly, and we invite you to read our Annual Report for a clear picture of our work.


Collaboration is critical to successful innovation in medical research. Some of the most exciting work in biomedical science lies at the intersection of disciplines. The Malaghan Institute has a powerful collaboration capacity with a wide range of partners. From the Capital & Coast District Health Board to the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, we collaborate to achieve the best results possible.

As a charity, we have a commitment to sharing our knowledge as widely as possible. This includes hosting scientific seminars, publishing our research online and in scientific journals, speaking at community events and hosting tours of our Institute.

Research effectiveness

How do you know if your support is funding quality research? We believe it is crucial to demonstrate effectiveness and impact both on the scientific landscape and ultimately on patients’ well-being. We have a roadmap for all of our research programmes, which means we can report back on the progress we've made thanks to your donation.

In 2013 we were proud that Ryan Kyle, a PhD student at the Malaghan Institute, had his research on the mechanisms that underlie allergic disease published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Immunology. This is a lifetime goal of any scientist, and an astounding achievement for a young PhD student. 

In 2015, our cancer cell biology programme published ground-breaking work that fundamentally changed our understanding and appreciation for a previously-unknown role of mitochondria in cancer cell survival.

In 2019 we brought the revolutionary anti-cancer CAR T-cell technology to New Zealand, running the country's first CAR T-cell clinical trials, paving the way for a new era of cancer treatment.

Capability building

Some donors are keen to build the overall research capability of the Institute, allowing us to do more with the tools we have. This can include creating fellowships for distinguished scientists, or assisting in the purchasing cutting–edge research equipment like high–tech spectral cytometers to help speed the pace of all our research at the Institute.

We have a rigorous internal process for identifying opportunities to increase our research capacity, with a strong focus on ensuring these platforms will be scientifically relevant in the future. As a leader in technology, we seek to share our tools and research platforms with individuals and organisations within New Zealand and around the world.


Laura Golland, Head of Development
P: 04 499 6914 x 811 | 027 259 9930