Our pledge to you

All of us at the Malaghan Institute know the pain and heartache caused by diseases like cancer and asthma. We value your support and want to help you make an informed decision so you feel energised with your donation.

We are often approached by donors who are looking to support medical research, but are not sure where to start. We hope this brief guide will help you make a decision about supporting us.

Our commitment to you

As New Zealand’s leading independent medical research institute, we pursue medical research based on evidence. As a charity, donations are vital as a reliable source of funds for research that might not receive public funding.

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

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Research effectiveness
  • Capability building.

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

All of us at the Malaghan Institute value your support, and want to help you make an informed decision so that you feel comfortable and happy with your donation.

By having performance measures and standards in place for accountability, collaboration, effectiveness, and capability-building, we hope you will join us in the true bottom line: preventing, diagnosing, and ultimately curing disease.


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 Capital & Coast District Health Board to the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University, 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’re making.

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. We aim to have the highest annual average impact factor per publication of all New Zealand organisations active in medical research by January 2018. With your support, we’ll achieve this goal.

Capability building

Some donors are keen to build the overall research capability of the Institute. This can include creating fellowships for high potential scientists or purchasing leading–edge medical equipment like high–tech microscopes to help speed the pace of all our research at the Institute. We have a rigorous internal process for identifying new equipment needs, making sure that any new equipment can be used by multiple teams of scientific researchers. As a charity, we seek to share our tools and resources with like-minded medical researchers around the world.