How to give to Cambridge

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. No matter how straightforward your question and regardless of the size of the gift you have in mind, we are here to help.

How to give to Cambridge

There are many ways in which you can make a gift to us. If you would like advice or guidance about your philanthropic donation, please get in touch.

Talk to a fundraiser to discuss a major gift

Please contact one of our Fundraisers if you would like to discuss ways to meet your charitable goals.

Our website

You can make a one-off gift using a credit card or debit card, or set up a recurring direct debit, wherever you see the 'Give Online' button. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Maestro cards for gifts of more than GBP10.

The one-off gift form is a 5-step process:

  1. Enter your details and the gift amount
  2. You will be redirected to the secure payment gateway, WPM Education, to confirm the gift amount
  3. Enter card details
  4. Confirm your gift — there may be a delay of around 30 seconds while your payment is processed — please do not close your browser window or navigate away from the page
  5. Final receipt and confirmation page

Following your donation, you should receive two email confirmations: one from Development and Alumni Relations about your gift, and a receipt from the payment gateway to confirm the successful payment.

If you experience any difficulties donating online please email us.

Bank transfer

To donate via bank transfer, please transfer funds to the following bank account:

Bank Name: Barclays Bank PLC
Address: 9-11 St Andrews St, Cambridge, CB2 3AA 
Account Name: University of Cambridge - Gift Registry
Sort Code: 20-17-68
Account Number: 70195561
Swift Code: BARCGB22
IBAN No: GB96BARC20176870195561 

Please note that the donor names are not always conveyed with the transfer. Please help us to identify your gift by including a reference (up to 16 characters) which gives your name and the intended purpose of your gift, in the following format: NAMEPURPOSE, eg: JSMITHC19RESCH

We also kindly ask that you email our Gift Services team to let us know that the gift is on the way or should you have any questions regarding the process or your donation. If we do not receive an email confirmation from the donor we won't be able to successfully process your donation.

Cheque

We continue to accept gifts via cheque. Please ensure the cheque is made out to ‘The University of Cambridge’ and post to the following address:

University of Cambridge, Development and Alumni Relations — Gift Registry 
1 Quayside
Bridge Street
CAMBRIDGE CB5 8AB

We ask that you specify the purpose of your donation by adding a note with your cheque or contacting a member of our team. This is to ensure the gift can be processed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Please note that while our office remains in lockdown, the post is monitored weekly (on Tuesdays), and you will be notified as soon as the cheque was received and processed.

If you have any questions, please email our Gift Services team or contact one of our Fundraisers.

Phone

Unfortunately, due to the current remote working structure, we are unable to take gifts by phone. However, if you would like to discuss ways to meet your charitable goals, please contact one of our  Fundraisers.

Post

We continue to accept gifts by post to the following address:

University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations — Gift Registry 
1 Quayside
Bridge Street
CAMBRIDGE CB5 8AB

Please download this form to accompany your instructions. Note that while our office remains in lockdown, the post is monitored weekly (on Tuesdays), and you will be notified as soon as your correspondence was received and processed. If you have any questions, please email our Gift Services team or contact one of our Fundraisers.

Legacy

A gift to Cambridge in your Will could help the University flourish far into the future. Many of our donors find that 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.

In order to make a gift by legacy, you might need to either draw up a new Will or to add a codicil (a supplementary clause) to your present Will. As the University and Colleges of Cambridge have charitable status, they may receive many gifts free of tax. Bequests or legacies may, therefore, be made to Cambridge free of UK Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax.

Bequests may be taken in many different forms: a pecuniary bequest (a specified sum of money), a residuary bequest (this comes from the remainder of an estate after other bequests have been made), a contingent or reversionary bequest (this means it is first left to a preceding beneficiary before it passes to the second beneficiary) as well as gifts in kind, such as property assets, works of art or collections of books and papers.

Gifts may be given to the University or to specific areas of the Collegiate community. If you would prefer to specify a certain Department, Faculty or College for your gift, then we will offer guidance or put you directly in touch with the appropriate advisor.

For further information or guidance on leaving a gift to Cambridge in your Will, please contact Holly Singlehurst or the relevant College.

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 a non-cash gift (such as works of art, books, manuscripts and equipment) may also be considered as gifts to Cambridge. To find out more, please email us early in the process so that we can work with your financial advisers to help arrange the transaction.

Give from North America

From the United States of America

You can donate via Cambridge in America if you are based in the USA. Cambridge in America is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organisation which funds grants that benefit the University of Cambridge and its member Colleges. Outright gifts, bequests and transfers made via Cambridge in America are deductible for federal estate and tax gift purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

If you are subject to tax in both the UK and the 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 see below for information on giving via the Charities Aid Foundation(CAF).

From Canada

If you are based in Canada, you can donate directly to the University of Cambridge as we are registered as a 'prescribed university outside Canada' with the Canada Revenue Agency. We will automatically send you a receipt for your gift that is acceptable to the Canadian tax authorities. For further information, please email our Gift Services team or the relevant College

Please see below for information on giving via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Give from Europe

The Transnational Giving network in coordination with the Charities Aid Foundation enables European donors to make a gift to the university and to benefit from their local tax benefits. In order to make a gift, donors are encouraged to speak to their National Foundations and then email our Gift Services team so that we can support the process and make sure the gift is allocated to support desired projects.  

Please see below for information on giving via Transitional Giving Europe (TGE) or the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

Giving via Transitional Giving Europe(TGE)

You can donate via Transnational Giving Europe if you are based in any of the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. For more details, please contact your national TGE partner.  

Giving via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

In order to donate via CAF please visit the Charities Aid Foundation website and search for ‘UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE — GIFT REGISTRY’. 

You will have three options to make a gift:

  • CAF account/ CAF Charitable Trust
  • Online card payment
  • PayPal

You will be asked to select an amount to donate as well as whether you would like to give anonymously.

You will also be asked if you would like to add any special instructions for this gift. We kindly ask that you use this field to clearly specify the intended purpose of your donation e.g. 'COVID19 Student Hardship Fund'. This will help us to process your payment more efficiently. Finally, you will be asked if you would like to claim Gift Aid and for your personal details before confirming your gift.

Following your donation, you will receive an instant email confirmation from CAF. Please note that a personalised communication from our team will be sent as soon as the gift has been processed at our end.

If you have any questions, please email our Gift Services team or contact one of our Fundraisers.

About Gift Aid (UK taxpayers)

Gift Aid makes a great difference to Cambridge and costs you nothing extra. For every pound donated by a UK taxpayer (excluding companies), the University can reclaim 25% (based on tax year 2018/19) from HM 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. You can use the calculator below to see the effect Gift Aid could have on your donation to Cambridge.

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 that the individual donates to and will reclaim in that tax year. You can either confirm this during the online giving process or complete and return a Gift Aid declaration form.

Other ways to support Cambridge

You can support Cambridge in a number of different ways, from volunteering your time to keeping your contacts aware of the University's news and research.