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.
If you are a UK tax payer, you might like to read information about Gift Aid.
Donate on our website
You can make a gift using a credit card or debit card wherever you see the 'Give online' button on this website. Our website is mobile-friendly which means that you can support Cambridge wherever you may be. We accept Mastercard, Visa and Maestro cards for gifts of more than GBP10.
Donate by telephone or by post
We are pleased to accept gifts made using a credit card or debit card by telephone. Call +44 (0)1223 332288 unless you are giving from the United States of America.
We can also accept gifts by post to our mailing address at the bottom of this page. You can pay by credit card, UK debit card, cheque, standing order or bank transfer. Please download a form from this page to accompany your instruction. Cheques should be made payable to 'The University of Cambridge'.
Give by 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.
Give 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 (such as works of art, books, manuscripts and equipment) 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 financial advisers to help arrange the transaction.
Talk to a fundraiser to discuss a major gift
If you would like to discuss ways to meet your charitable goals with one of our major gift fundraisers, please contact one of our Associate Directors.
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 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.
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 contact Ian Harris at Development and Alumni Relations or the relevant College.
About Gift Aid (UK tax payers)
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 2013/14) 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 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.
Focus on our aspirations
For eight centuries, Cambridge has welcomed brilliant minds, set them free to collaborate and create, sending world-changing ideas in return. But we can never say: 'our work is done'. Help us ensure that our impact on the future will be as vital as our impact on the past.