Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions


Can I give regularly?

A regular gift provides the University with a flow of income on which it can depend.

You can choose to give your gift monthly, annually or quarterly if you prefer. Many of our supporters find giving by direct debit an affordable and convenient way to make a difference. You can make a regular gift securely online.


How can I make a single gift?

Online giving is available for making a secure single or regular gift to the University at your convenience.

You can also write a cheque, payable to 'University of Glasgow Trust', and post it to:

Development and Alumni Office
No 3 The Square
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

You can also make a payment by credit card or debit card. Please call the Development Office on 0141 330 4951 if you would like to donate over the phone.

Please look at the sections for making gifts from the USA and Canada if you wish to donate from these regions.


Can I do sponsored fundraising for a University campaign?

If you are planning to take part in an event and are raising sponsorship for any of the University's campaigns then you can set up your own JustGiving page which allows friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you by donating securely online.   
 
‎‎For more information on how to set up your page please see the instructions provided on the JustGiving website.
 
Please note, all donations to the University of Glasgow are directed via the 'University of Glasgow Trust' .   
This can be found on the JustGiving site at: http://www.justgiving.com/ugt 
 
On your JustGiving page please highlight the University campaign you wish your sponsorship to be directed towards.

JustGiving will transfer your donations to the University of Glasgow Trust.  All you need to do is ask your family and friends to sponsor you!


How will my gift be recognised?

All donations will be acknowledged in writing by the Development and Alumni Office, however gifts of £250 and over can be recognised and remembered in perpetuity.

Click here to find out more about naming your gift.


We held a reunion-can we donate as a group?

Group gifts are a wonderful way to celebrate a class reunion, and a noted gift can hold a name significant to the class. 

Click the link to find out more about reunion giving or giving as part of a year group.


What is the Telephone Campaign?

Since 2003 alumni have pledged over £2M as a result of receiving a phone call for a student.  Without these funds the University would not have been able to fully support previous capital projects or provide much needed support to smaller, University-wide projects.

Three times a year, in the spring, summer and autumn, we run a telephone campaign during which time current students call graduates to discuss alumni activity, University life and ask for a contribution to one of our fundraising campaigns.  

The telephone campaign is a great way of keeping in touch with our alumni.  A strong alumni base is the foundation for any university and the goodwill we receive from our graduates is an inspiration. 

Find out more about the University's Telephone Campaign


Can I leave a bequest to the University?

This method of giving is favoured by many alumni and friends who want to make a difference after their death. A gift of this nature also reduces your inheritance tax liability.

Find out more about leaving a bequest to the University.


Can I donate stocks and shares?

Individual taxpayers are eligible for tax relief on gifts of certain shares, securities and other investments.

This is in addition to capital gains tax relief on gifts of assets to charity.


Can I give through my payroll?

If you are in employment, you can arrange for your gift to be deducted from your gross pay before tax, effectively increasing the value of your contributions.

The result is greater support for the University at less cost to you. Please contact your Personnel or Human Resources department to find out if they operate this scheme.


How can I make a matched gift?

Many employers have matching gift programmes and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. 

This is a great way to increase the impact of your gift.  If you're not sure if your employer operates such a scheme, contact your human resources department who can provide further information.


What is Gift Aid?

If you are a UK taxpayer you can significantly increase the value of your gift at no extra cost to yourself. By signing a Gift Aid declaration, you enable the University to claim back the tax you have already paid on your gift.

Higher rate tax payers benefit further. You can claim back the difference between basic rate and higher rate tax on your gift.

Click here to open our Gift Aid Calculator Page


Can I give via the Charities Aid Foundation?

You can open a charity account with CAF and make donations that already include the tax the University is entitled to claim.

Please make CAF vouchers payable to "University of Glasgow Trust".


How do I donate from the USA?

US taxpayers can give tax deductible gifts to American Alumni of Glasgow University  (AAGU) a charitable organisation described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Click here for more information.

US taxpayers wishing to make a bequest should contact us for more information.


How do I donate from Canada?

Canadian residents will be provided with a receipt for their tax records.

Cheques should be made payable to the University of Glasgow (and NOT the Trust) in order to be able to claim tax relief, and online gifts should be given through the Canada specific giving form provided for each project.


Can I make a tax efficient gift from Europe?

European residents may wish to maximise their gifts and donate tax efficiently using Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). TGE is a partnership of leading European foundations that are collaborating internationally to foster charitable giving within Europe. Donors can give via the national TGE partner and the donation is then transferred to the University of Glasgow. Giving in this way allows supporters from Europe to financially support Glasgow while benefiting directly from the tax advantages within their own country.

Find out if your country is represented in this scheme by visiting the TGE website www.transnationalgiving.eu where you will also find the contact details of the organisation that can assist you in making a tax-efficient donation to Glasgow.