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
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 £500and over can be recognised and remembered in perpetuity.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to discuss making a gift in this way please contact Fran Shepherd, Frances.Shepherd@glasgow.ac.uk 0141 330 4951.
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.
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.
Gift Acceptance Policy
Philanthropic gifts from individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporate supporters play a vital role in the life of the university. Your generous support enables the university to contribute to society by helping to provide more scholarships, to fund more research and to enhance university facilities for students, staff and the public. The university seeks and accepts philanthropic gifts in accordance with the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) guidelines, CASE Europe: Ethical Principles Behind the Acceptance of Gifts. Our policy is available below.
For any further information regarding donations to Glasgow or the university’s philanthropic gift acceptance guidelines please contact:
Director of Development and Alumni
- Email: Frances.Shepherd@glasgow.ac.uk
- Tel: +44 (0)141 330 4951
University of Glasgow: Ethical Principles behind the Acceptance and Refusal of Donations
- The University should seek philanthropic support which is aligned with its values, strategic goals and financial needs as a legitimate, sustained and vital component of its income.
- Ethical guidelines for the acceptance and refusal of donations should be available in the public domain.
- Impartial, independent research, scholarship and teaching are the basis for the furtherance of knowledge. The University should not accept philanthropic gifts if this is not clearly understood and accepted by all parties.
- As a charitable body, the University must observe the requirements of charity law and other relevant legislation in relation to the receipt and expenditure of funds. Ultimate responsibility regarding the acceptance and refusal of donations rests with the Court of the University.
- Members of the court of the University and their delegates must take all decisions relating ot the acceptance and refusal of donations the best interests of the University and must not allow individual or collective personal, political or commercial interests, nor personal views on political or ethical issues affect their judgement
- Acceptance of major donations - of £250,000 or more - will in every case require the approval of the Gift Acceptance group, consisting of the Vice-Chancellor, Secretary of Court, Director of Development and one co-opted lay member of Court. The responsibility of this group will be to implement the University’s ethical policies on donations and ensure that they are consistently applied and in the best interests of the University.
- Donations of up to £250,000 may be accepted by the Director of Development, who should nevertheless consult with the Gift Acceptance group in any situation where there appears to be a possible conflict with the University's ethical principles.
- The University should take all reasonable steps to ensure that it is aware of the source of funding for each gift, and have processes in place to satisfy itself as far as possible that the funds do not derive from activity that was or is illegal, or runs counter to the core values of impartial, independent research, scholarship and teaching.
- Discussions with potential donors that may give rise to significant public interest, or which raise complex questions with regard to acceptability, should be considered at the earliest stage possible by the Gift Acceptance group who should be fully informed of the purpose and the background to the donation and the source of funds.
- The legal and reputational rights of potential donors should also be considered as part of any due diligence undertaken in assessing the acceptability of a proposed donation. In this regard, a clear distinction should be drawn between rumour or speculation and matters of confirmed fact or legal finding, whilst also accepting that the University may wish to consider the reputational risks that could be incurred through public perception of any particular donor.
- Donors must accept and, for significant gifts of £10,000 and above, where appropriate sign gift agreements to confirm that the management and governance of programmes funded through benefaction rest solely with the University. The University will however, without undermining this core principle, offer donors opportunities for continuing engagement with the activities that they have funded. The University will continue to employ its standard procedures relating to recruitment, admissions, hiring, promotion, procurement, management and governance for all research, teaching, outreach, capital development, or student scholarship programmes funded by gifts.
- The Gift Acceptance group will also have procedures in place for reviewing and reconsidering previous decisions taken in good faith relating to the acceptance of particular gifts if subsequent events or the subsequent availability of additional information require it. The response to such circumstances should be transparent and proportionate to the particular circumstances that have arisen.
Privacy information to University of Glasgow alumni and supporters
Your information and fair processing
What do we use your data for?
All graduates of the University of Glasgow are members of the General Council and this database of graduates is retained by the University.
As an alumnus/a, supporter or friend of the University of Glasgow, we will use your details to contact you by post, email, phone, text and/or social media, complying with any preferences you have expressed: see the Your Preferences and Opting Out. We contact you to let you know about the benefits of being an alumnus/a of the University, to invite you to events we think you may be interested in, and to keep you informed of the developments and advances being made by the University, its students and staff, and our alumni.
We will also offer opportunities for you to engage with the University as an ambassador, volunteer, friend and supporter. This may include asking you for your financial support through making a gift to one of the projects which help to deliver the University’s mission of creating and sharing knowledge.
Fundraising to support the University is an important element of our charitable work. In order to do this effectively and efficiently we consider individuals’ potential to make donations and may record this on our database. We assess individuals’ potential to support the University’s work by using information you have provided, by looking at your interaction with us, and by using information we may hold on you from trustworthy public sources such as: Who’s Who, Companies House, news sources such as Nexis and specialist subscription services for both individual and company information, such as FAME.
We do this to make sure we provide the most appropriate opportunities to each alumnus/a and friend to support the work of the University, including determining your likely areas of interest.
If we have a telephone number for you, and if you have not opted out of fundraising communications, some of your data may be anonymised and shared with a third-party to help us tailor the size of gift we ask you to give. We currently work with Rux Burton Associates to carry out this function. The process uses anonymous data and is carried out by Rux Burton Associates for our telephone fundraising only. Other information is also used by them to manage the fundraising telephone call on our behalf but none of your data is retained by this provider or used by them for any other purpose once the call process is complete.
In order to ensure the information we hold is accurate, we may source information which is available from trustworthy public sources. For example, we may consult the Electoral Register or the National Change of Address register.
How do we store your data?
Your data is held with appropriate levels of security, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical and organisation measures and in adherence with relevant Data Protection Laws[i]. Your data will not be disclosed to any external organisations except for those acting as agents for the University under defined written agreements. Data is never “sold” to third parties.
What information do we hold?
We hold the following types of information about our alumni, supporters and friends:
- Your name, title, marital status and date of birth if we have it
- Your preferred postal address
- Email and telephone numbers
- If you are an alumnus/a, details about your University qualification(s) or those gained from predecessor institutions. For some alumni such as former exchange students, we may hold course information.
- We log when we have had contact with you, including when we have written to you, sent you a magazine or newsletter, or if we have received any communication from you.
- We record any communication preferences you may have, including whether you receive Avenue by post or email, or if you have told us you do not want any contact from the University.
We may also hold some of the following:
- Business details, such as job title, employer or company name, as well as business contact information.
- Whether you have been invited to a University event and whether you have attended any University events
- We record information about when we ask for your support, whether for alumni volunteering or asking you to make a gift.
- If you have made a donation to one of our projects, we will retain data about your donation. This data is used to manage your donation: for example, if you are giving by direct debit, and to help us better understand the type of project you like to support.
You may choose to tailor how we contact you.
For example, you can let us know that you would like to continue receiving Avenue but would prefer we did not contact you by phone. Alternatively, you may wish to opt out of all contact with the University.
If you would prefer for us not to use your data in the ways outlined above, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or using the contact details below, letting us know your preferences.
The University of Glasgow’s Development and Alumni team are happy to answer any questions that you may have about how your data is used and looked after.
- Development and Alumni Office
- +44 (0)141 330 4951
- You can also contact us in person at Development and Alumni Office, 2-3 The Square, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
[i] DP Laws means any law, enactment, regulation, regulatory policy, by-law, ordinance or subordinate legislation relating to the processing, privacy and use of Personal Data, as applicable to the University, and includes any judicial or administrative interpretation of them, any guidance, guidelines, codes of practice, approved codes of conduct or approved certification mechanisms issued by any applicable regulator