Guide to giving

Guide to giving

Thank you for deciding to support the University of Glasgow. You can be sure that your gift will help to consolidate our position as one of the best Universities in the UK and the world.

We ask that all gifts are directed to the University of Glasgow Trust (an independent charitable trust SC008303). This helps to ensure that your gift is treated appropriately, in accordance with your wishes, and the University receives the maximum benefit possible.

Click on the headings below to find out more.

Regular Giving

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.

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

Single gifts

You can write a cheque, payable to 'University of Glasgow Trust', or make a payment by credit card or debit card.

Online giving is also available.

Naming your gift

Gifts of £250 and over can be recognised and remembered in perpetuity.

Click here to find out more about naming your gift.

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

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


Perhaps you would prefer to support the University with a bequest?

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.

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.

Payroll giving

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.

Matched giving

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.

Giving via 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".

Reunion giving

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

Giving 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.

Giving 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.

Giving 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 where you will also find the contact details of the organisation that can assist you in making a tax-efficient donation to Glasgow.

Sponsored Fundraising

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: 
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!