The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney was established in 2006 through a $25 million endowment from the Australian Government, with additional support from the University of Sydney, the New South Wales Government, and the American Australian Association through contributions from business and private individuals.
The Centre is an Australian non-profit organisation, a public company limited by guarantee and operated exclusively for charitable purposes.
Since its establishment the Centre has diversified its funding base, with financial support from state and federal governments (of both political persuasions), grants from prestigious international philanthropic foundations as well as corporate entities, ticket sales and donations from private individuals. In the last five years, less than one per cent of the Centre’s operating budget came from the US government. During that same period, 12 per cent of its budget came from US-based foundations, companies or individuals.
The quality and independence of the Centre’s work is strengthened by engaging with a diverse range of funding partners. Supporters have no editorial control on the results of research. Research papers are published under the name of individual researchers and the Centre takes no institutional position on any issue.