How to give

How to give

Wherever you live, and however much you are able to give, the University and College Development Offices exist to help you channel your support to make a difference. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the relevant Office for further advice: your support matters.

How to make a gift

Online

By post

You can pay by credit card, debit card, cheque (payable to "The University of Cambridge"), standing order, or bank transfer. Please use the downloadable forms under 'Attachments' below.

By telephone

Credit card and debit card payments can be made by telephone on:
UK:       +44 (0)1223 332288
US:       +001 (212) 984-0969

In person

If you are in Cambridge, and would like to come to the office to make a gift in person, we are always delighted to meet alumni and friends of the University. Please contact us to arrange your visit.

Giving from outside of the United Kingdom

You can give to..

A specific Department, Faculty, Institute, Museum or Library
See the full range.

Major projects
Major, individual gifts make a transformative impact to large-scale projects. To find out more about how to support projects on this scale, please contact us.

Student support, outreach, innovation or unrestricted funds
The University's Annual Fund exists for those who wish to make a regular donation in support of one or more of the following:

  • Students (at both undergraduate and graduate levels).
  • Outreach (educational outreach to schools, and the extraordinary range of community volunteering undertaken by students and staff).
  • The Vice-Chancellor's Strategic Fund for new initiatives in teaching and research.
  • Unrestricted funds that can used strategically, at the University's discretion, to respond to changing requirements in teaching and research.

A College

Each College has a regular giving Fund as well as special projects that require philanthropic involvement. Use the list to the right to visit a specific College website.

You can give in the form of...

Cash gifts
Either by one-off payment, or a regular gift spread over a period of time.

Legacies
A gift to Cambridge in your Will could help the University flourish far into the future.  For many people, a gift in their Will is a good way to make a significant and lasting contribution.  It may cost nothing in their lifetime, yet provide much satisfaction and peace of mind in prospect. The Development and Alumni Relations office would be delighted to advise you on making gifts in your will and on planning how best to support the University through your estate. Please see the document under 'Attachments' below for more information. Alternatively, please contact us.

Non-cash assets
Tax relief is available to UK taxpayers donating shares and securities listed on the UK stock market, the Alternative Investment Market and recognised stock exchanges overseas. It is also available for units in a UK unit trust and shares in a UK open-ended investment company. You can claim income-tax relief equal to the market value of the shares on the day the gift is made, plus any associated costs such as the brokers' fees.

Gifts of land or property made during a donor's lifetime attract the same tax incentives as gifts of shares, and other forms of non-cash gift may also be considered as gifts to Cambridge. To find out more, please contact us early in the process so that we can work with your advisers to help arrange the transaction.

You can maximise the impact of your gift through...

Gift aid (UK)
Gift Aid makes a great difference to Cambridge and costs you nothing extra. For every pound donated by a UK tax payer (excluding companies), Cambridge can reclaim 25% (based on tax year 2012/13) from H M Revenue and Customs. So a £100 donation made under Gift Aid is worth £125 to Cambridge. In addition, donors who are higher-rate or additional rate taxpayers can claim personal tax relief on the difference between the higher/additional rate of tax (currently 40% and 45% respectively) and the basic rate in their Self Assessment Return. This is worth 25 pence for every pound donated by higher rate taxpayers and 31 pence for additional rate taxpayers. Gift Aid can apply to donations of any amount, large or small, made by cash, cheque, standing order, debit or credit card.

Gift Aid calculator

Proposed Donation: £

Basic Tax Rate (%)

Full Value with Gift Aid: £

If you pay a higher tax rate of 40%,
then you may reclaim higher rate tax relief of: £

If you pay the additional tax rate of 45%,
then you may reclaim additional rate tax relief of: £


To make a Gift Aid donation, an individual would need to have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that the individual donates to and will reclaim in that tax year.  You can either confirm online or complete and return the Gift Aid Declaration which you will find on our downloadable UK giving form below.

Transnational Giving (Europe) Transnational Giving Europe enables donors in 14 European countries to benefit from the tax advantages in their country of residence. To find out whether your country of residence is included in this scheme to facilitate philanthropy sans frontiers  – and to find out who to contact for advice – visit the TGE website.

Cambridge in America (UK) Ltd
If you are subject to tax in both the UK and US, you can give through Cambridge in America (UK) Ltd, a registered charity in England, and be simultaneously eligible for tax benefits in both countries.

Corporate Matching Schemes
Some companies offer 'Matching Gift' schemes through which they double, or even triple charitable donations from their employees. If your employer participates in a matching gift programme, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

You can give from anywhere in the world...

UK
To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online
  • Send payment by post. You can use the downloadable form in 'Attachments' below, and send it to Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB.
  • Phone us on 01223 332288.
  • See 'Maximising your gift' section above for information about Gift Aid.

Europe
To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online
  • Send payment by post. You can use the downloadable form in 'Attachments' below, and send it to Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB, UK.
  • Give via Transnational European Giving if resident in a qualifying country.
  • Phone us on +44 (0)1223 332288.

United States
To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online
  • To support fundraising in the United States, the University and the Colleges jointly fund Cambridge in America (CAm), a professional development and alumni relations office based in New York. CAm is a registered 501(C)3 organisation enabling American donors to give tax efficiently for the benefit of the University and the Colleges.

If you are subject to tax in both the UK and US, you can give through Cambridge in America (UK) Ltd, a registered charity in England, and be simultaneously eligible for tax benefits in both countries.

Please don't hesitate to contact CAM with queries about how to support Cambridge; or to give online, by post or over the phone. The website also features information on forthcoming events, lectures and activities that may be of interest to you.

Canada

The University of Cambridge and Colleges have 'Prescribed Status' under section 3503 of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations, enabling the UK Development and Alumni Relations office to issue gift receipts to Canadian donors that are recognised for tax purposes.

To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online (your credit/debit card will be charged in pounds sterling).
  • Send payment by post. You can use the downloadable form in 'Attachments' below, and send it to Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB.
  • Phone us on +44 (0)1223 332288.

Hong Kong
The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong will be pleased to advise potential benefactors on ways in which gifts can be made tax efficient. The Friends also run and manage the Prince Philip Scholarship Scheme which, since 1982, has been making a decisive contribution to enabling talented students from Hong Kong to study at Cambridge.

To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online (your credit/debit card will be charged in pounds sterling).
  • Send payment by post. You can use the downloadable form in 'Attachments' below, which should be sent to Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB.
  • Phone us on +44 (0)1223 332288.

Rest of world
For donations from other parts of the world, donors are advised in the first instance to consult their own financial advisers with regard to making gifts in tax-efficient ways. The UK Development Offices of the University and the Colleges are happy to assist in this process, liaising directly with advisers to ensure that gifts are made in optimally efficient and effective ways.

To support Cambridge now:

  • Give Online (your credit/debit card will be charged in pounds sterling).
  • Send payment by post. You can use the downloadable form in 'Attachments' below, which should be sent to Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Quayside, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB5 8AB.
  • Phone us on +44 (0)1223 332288.

Above all, you can discuss your gift with us...

If you have any questions, no matter how straightforward you think they might be, and regardless of the size of the gift you have in mind, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help, and every gift to collegiate Cambridge counts.

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