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Give to Fitzwilliam

M​aking a gift to Fitzwilliam couldn't be easier. Here you will find everything you need to know about the different ways in which you can support the College, whether you live in the UK, overseas, or are interested in making a gift in your will. Remember - with Gift Aid your donation is worth 25% more, at no extra cost to you.

You can make a single gift by:

  • credit card by using the form below, or by telephone on 01223 332015 
  • by downloading a gift form and returning it to the Development Office along with a cheque made payable to ‘Fitzwilliam College’
  • by bank transfer to
    • Sort Code: 20-17-68
    • Account number: 5033 6300
    • Please include your surname and initials as a reference

You can set up a regular monthly, quarterly or annual gift online by Direct Debit. Alternatively, please download a gift form and return it to the Development Office.

Donating straight from your wages or pension
If your employer, company or personal pension provider runs a Payroll Giving scheme, you can simply tell them to make a gift to Fitzwilliam from your wages or pension before taking off any tax. For example, if you pay tax at the basic rate of 20% and make a monthly gift of £10, you save £2 tax (20% of £10), making the cost to you £8. Contact your Human Resources or Personnel department to set up Payroll Giving.

Gift matching schemes
Many companies also operate gift-matching schemes. When an employee makes a gift to a registered charity, the company matches this donation, either in full or in part. To find out if your company operates such a scheme and to obtain a copy of their matching gift form, please contact your Human Resources or Personnel department.

Gifts of listed shares, securities and real property
Gifts of listed shares, securities and real property by UK tax payers have become one of the most tax-efficient ways of giving. They attract full relief from Capital Gains Tax and, in addition, allow you to claim Income Tax relief on the full value of the gift at the time the shares, securities or real property are transferred to the College – a double tax saving. Please contact the Development Director who will be pleased to assist.

Donating via your Self Assessment tax return
If you complete a Self Assessment tax return, you can donate to Fitzwilliam all or part of any tax repayment due to you, simply by entering the College’s details in the relevant section of the tax return form.  Gifts made in this way are also eligible for Gift Aid (see below).

Make a gift today, and help us continue our proud tradition of providing the benefits of a world class education to the very best students, whatever their means or social background.

Click here to make a regular gift or use the online form below to make a one-off gift.

The below online payment service is provided for your convenience. Please be aware that there are transaction fees involved, and for larger gifts you may wish to consider an alternative payment method. Please contact the Development Office for more information.

We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold. Your data may be used by us for alumni and supporter relations, and for fundraising. If you have concerns or queries about these purposes, or would like to express a preference regarding how we communicate with you, please contact us at Please read our full data protection statement at




If you live outside the UK, you can make a gift to Fitzwilliam by one of the following means.
For residents of the USA, Canada or one of 19 European countries, there are mechanisms in place to allow you to make your gift tax-efficient.

Single gifts
You can make a single gift by:

  • credit card, either online or by telephone on +44(0) 1223 332015 
  • by downloading a gift form and returning it to the Development Office along with a cheque made payable to ‘Fitzwilliam College’
  • by bank transfer to
    • Sort Code: 20-17-68
    • Account number: 5033 6300
    • IBAN: GB51 BARC 2017 6850 3363 00

Regular gifts
If you have a UK bank account, you can set up a regular monthly, quarterly or annual gift online by Direct Debit. Alternatively, please download a gift form and return it to the Development Office.
If you don’t have a UK bank account, you can make an annual donation by credit or debit card. Please contact the Development Office on +44(0) 1223 332015 who will take your card details over the phone, and contact you on an annual basis to arrange collecting your gift.

USA residents
As a resident of the USA, you can make a tax-deductible gift via Cambridge in America (CAm). You can donate online, or send your check, made payable to 'Cambridge in America', to:
Cambridge in America, PO Box 9123 JAF BLG, New York, NY 10087-9123
Please suggest that the Directors of Cambridge in America exercise their discretion and allocate your gift to support Fitzwilliam College, along with an indication of the purpose of the gift. Visit the Cambridge in America website for more information.

Canada residents
Once you have made your gift by credit card, cheque or bank transfer, the University will be able to issue a receipt for Canadian tax purposes for gifts made directly to Fitzwilliam. Please request a receipt from the Development Office when making your gift.

European residents
Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a network of philanthropic institutions across 19 countries that foster charitable giving. If you are a resident and paying tax in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Switzerland, you can choose to make a gift tax-efficiently through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). Details of the partner organisation in your home country can be found on the TGE website.

We already receive gifts from a number of European countries by this mechanism, and please contact the Development Office to ensure the correct process is in place for your home country. 

While gifts can be made through any of the partner organisations, the process is particularly straightforward from Germany, where you can make a gift directly to Fitzwilliam online on the Maecenata Stiftung website. Please be aware that administration and banking charges may be applied.

Whether it is access to our buildings, improvements to our facilities, or through receiving a College Bursary or travel award, every Fitzwilliam Member has benefited from the generosity of previous generations. By pledging a legacy gift, not only are you continuing this proud tradition but also helping us to secure our future. 

A Legacy Gift to Fitzwilliam is free of inheritance tax and may help you to reduce the overall tax liability on your estate.

A Cash Sum - which may be index linked so it doesn't lose value over time. At present a cash gift of £3,500 will cover the average shortfall in fee income for teaching one undergraduate for one year, while a gift of £25,000 will cover the fees and maintenance costs for a home MPhil student in most arts and science subjects. 

A Percentage - 1% to the College and 99% to your family and loved ones. 1% of a £350,000 estate currently covers the cost of a full Cambridge Bursary for one student for one year.

A Share of the Residue - once you have made provision for your family and loved ones you can leave the residue (or a share in the residue along with other named charities) to Fitzwilliam. 

Deed of Variation - if you are a beneficiary under a Will, you may consider passing a portion of your inheritance to Fitzwilliam College. There may be considerable tax advantages for you to do so, and the College will benefit during your lifetime.

Suggested wording

There is no need to rewrite your will, a legacy gift may be included, either when it is first drawn up, or subsequently by simply adding a codicil. We recommend taking professional legal advice.

“I give to the Master, Fellows and Scholars of Fitzwilliam College, in the University of Cambridge (Registered Charity Number 1137496), [the residue of my estate], [x% of the residue of my estate] or [the sum of £x] free of tax for the general purposes of the College. I declare that the receipt of the Bursar for the time being of the College shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

Unrestricted legacy gifts are of particular value to Fitzwilliam as they can be directed to the area of greatest need. If, however, you prefer your legacy gift to be used for a specific purpose please contact the Development Office ( to ensure that Fitzwilliam will be able to fulfil your wishes and that the money can be used to the maximum benefit of the College.

Star donors are alumni who have made a gift to Fitzwilliam every year since graduation. They are our most loyal champions and supporters, and joining couldn’t be easier.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your donation by choosing to donate through Gift Aid.

Gift Aid adds an extra 25% to your donation, at no extra cost to you. Fitzwilliam will make the basic rate tax claim, all you need to do is make a Gift Aid declaration when you make your gift. You need to make sure you have paid at least the amount of tax that Fitzwilliam will claim back, and please make sure you inform us if, for any reason, you stop being a UK tax payer.  

If you pay tax above the basic rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. You can do this either, through your Self Assessment tax return or by asking HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to amend your tax code.

Example: you make a cash gift (with gift aid) of £1,000 to Fitzwilliam College  

A Basic Rate Taxpayer: £1000 (gift amount) | £250 (gift aid) | No tax reclaim

Final cost to donor = £1000 | Benefit to Fitzwilliam = £1250

A Higher Rate Taxpayer: £1000 (gift amount) | £250 (gift aid) | £250 (tax reclaim)

Final cost to donor = £750 | Benefit to Fitzwilliam = £1250

Additional Rate Taxpayer: £1000 (gift amount) | £250 (gift aid) | £312.50 (tax reclaim)

Final cost to donor = £687.50 | Benefit to Fitzwilliam = £1250

For more information please contact

This promise outlines the commitment made to alumni, donors and other supporters by the universities and colleges which register with the Fundraising Regulator. Those who register with the regulator agree to ensure their fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful.

The standards for fundraising are set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.

We will commit to high standards

  • We will adhere to the Fundraising Code of Practice.
  • We will monitor fundraisers, volunteers and third parties working with us to raise funds, to ensure that they comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice and with this Promise.
  • We will comply with the law as it applies to charities and fundraising.

We will be clear, honest and open

  • We will tell the truth and we will not exaggerate.
  • We will do what we say we are going to do with donations we receive.
  • We will be clear about who we are and what we do.
  • We will give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and change a regular donation.
  • Where we ask a third party to fundraise on our behalf, we will make this relationship and the financial arrangement transparent.
  • We will be able to explain our fundraising costs and show how they are in the best interests of our cause if challenged.
  • We will ensure our complaints process is clear and easily accessible.
  • We will provide clear and evidence based reasons for our decisions on complaints.

We will be respectful

  • We will respect your rights and privacy.
  • We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift. If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision.
  • Where the law requires, we will get your consent before we contact you to fundraise.
  • If you tell us that you don’t want us to contact you in a particular way we will not do so. We will work with the Telephone, Mail and Fundraising Preference Services to ensure that those who choose not to receive specific types of communication don’t have to.

We will be fair and reasonable

  • We will treat donors and the public fairly, showing sensitivity and adapting our approach depending on your needs.
  • We will take care not to use any images or words that intentionally cause distress or anxiety.
  • We will take care not to cause nuisance or disruption to the public.

We will be accountable and responsible

  • We will manage our resources responsibly and consider the impact of our fundraising on our donors, supporters and the wider public.
  • If you are unhappy with anything we’ve done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint. We will listen to feedback and respond appropriately to compliments and criticism we receive. 
  • If you wish to make a complaint, please contact the Development Director in the first instance. If the complaint is regarding the Development Director or requires escalation it may be directed to the Bursar. 
  • In the event that you feel our response is unsatisfactory you may refer your complaint to the Fundraising Regulator. Information on their complaints process can be found here.
  • We will monitor and record the number of complaints we receive each year and share this data with the Fundraising Regulator on request.

Fundraising Code Complaints Procedure

All those involved in fundraising for charitable organisations, including universities and colleges, whether they are fundraising professionals or volunteers, have a responsibility to donors, to the organisation, and to the cause that is being supported. At the heart of fundraising ethics lies the need to ensure that our mission, our sense of personal integrity, and the trust of the donor are not violated. This requires openness, transparency and respect. Further, there is a need for Fitzwilliam to ensure that it does not expose itself by accepting donations from questionable or inappropriate sources. To this end this Donations Policy has been created for use by Fitzwilliam College, and in particular its Development Office. 

Donations Policy

Ethical Guidelines on the Acceptance of Benefactions (2013)

1. The Governing Body delegates the acceptance of benefactions to the Master, save that for all benefactions over £1m, or that are likely to give rise to significant public interest, the Master will seek the advice of the President, the Bursar and the Senior Tutor and will present that to the Governing Body for decision.

2. Substantial benefactions of less than £1m should be reported and discussed as follows:

  • Single or accumulated gifts of £100k shall be reported to the Development Committee.
  • Gifts of £100k - £1m should be discussed formally by the Master, Bursar, Senior Tutor and Development Director, and approved by College Committee.

3. Charity law places certain constraints on charities, and in recommending acceptance of any benefaction the Development Director shall make available to the Master, College Committee and Governing Body information under the following headings:

a) Are the purposes of the benefaction compatible with the purpose of the College as defined in its Statutes?

b) Do the purposes of the benefaction fall within the College's policies and strategic plan?

c) What additional costs or burdens, if any, would acceptance of the benefaction create for the College?

d) Is there published evidence that the proposed benefaction arises in whole or in part from activity that

- evaded taxation?
- violated international conventions that bear on human rights?
- limited freedom of inquiry?
- suppressed or falsified academic research?

In the case of unproven allegations of criminality against a potential donor, no account shall be taken of mere rumour, but care will be exercised in accepting any benefaction, or continuing negotiations towards a possible benefaction, where there is a risk of significant damage to the College's reputation.

e) Is there evidence that the proposed benefaction, or any of its terms, will

- require action that is illegal?
- limit freedom of inquiry?
- suppress or falsify academic research?
- create unacceptable conflicts of interest for the College?

f) Is there evidence that acceptance of the proposed benefaction or compliance with any of its terms will damage the College's reputation, including deterring other benefactors?

Although benefactions which are which are worth less than £100k may not be subject to detailed scrutiny by the Master, President, Bursar and Senior Tutor, acceptance will nevertheless be considered explicitly against these ethical guidelines.

4. All members of the Governing Body involved in fundraising are encouraged to consult the Development Director at an early stage in their discussions with a potential benefactor. The Development Director can advise on the use of these guidelines, and consultation will also reduce the risk of uncoordinated approaches to a single potential donor; spread familiarity with the process for accepting benefactions; and may allow an early warning of anyone unknowingly approaching a potential benefactor whose donation is not likely to be acceptable.

Approved by the Governing Body: 27 November 2013
Governing Body Minute: 6687

1869 Foundation
1869 Foundation

Individuals who have notified us of their intention to benefit the College in their will are invited to join the 1869 Foundation. 

Telephone campaign
Telephone Campaign

During the last 10 years over 2,000 of you have generously pledged more than £1.6 million through the annual Telephone Fundraising Campaign, which has made a real and measurable difference to Fitzwilliam’s students.