The University has established The University of Otago Foundation Trust, a New Zealand registered charitable trust, as well as:
- The Otago University Trust, in the UK
- The Alumni of the University of Otago in America, Inc., in the USA
- The University of Otago Foundation for Malaysia
The terms of these trusts allow in-country tax benefits for Otago's donors living abroad and ensure that the expressed wishes of donors are fulfilled. Please see the Alumni & Friends website for more details about each trust.