Amrita Kharel was a recipient of Swinburne's Welcome Scholarship in 2017

Joseph Manders

“For many years, I have been a strong admirer of Swinburne as a key educational and research institute,” says Joseph Manders (Business & Accounting, 1983).

“In earlier days, I directed my monetary contributions to the library, because I have such fond memories of the wonderful library service I received as a student.

“However, where I now have a special interest is in the hardship area. Mainly because I became more aware of the help the University gives to young people with limited means. I am now very conscious that if young people miss out on an education because they don’t have the opportunity, this can have a huge impact on their career and their whole life.”

Joseph now regularly gives to support student hardship scholarships. He was inspired to significantly increase his annual gift in 2013 after receiving a personal thank you phone call from a new graduate.

During his career, Joseph spent many years in Treasury and the Auditor General’s Office within the State Public Service. Since 2004, he has been a part-time consultant and a Tax Help Volunteer with the Australian Tax Office.

“Giving back to the community is important to me on account of the benefits I received due to completing my studies at Swinburne,” he says.

“Now, I like to think that the contributions I make can assist in facilitating someone’s academic progress, and ultimately supporting that person’s career direction.

“The return that comes back to me as the donor in terms of satisfaction far outweighs any financial outlay.”

Joseph Manders, Consultant

Giving back to the community is important to me

Joseph Manders, Consultant