How to give
You can make a gift securely online. You can choose to make a one-off gift or to give monthly, annually or quarterly.
You can give by cheque or credit/debit card.
Cheques should be made payable to 'University of Glasgow Trust' and posted to:
Development and Alumni Office
No 3 The Square
University of Glasgow
To make a payment by credit/debit card please call the Development & Alumni Office on +44(0)141 330 4951.
Please look at the sections for making gifts from the USA and Canada if you wish to donate from these regions.
Leave a gift in your Will
It is possible to leave a gift to the University in your Will. 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.
Give 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.
To discuss gifting stocks and shares, please contact the Development & Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 0141 330 4951.
Give as a reunion/class group
Reunion giving is a wonderful way to celebrate a class reunion. Gifts can be named after your year group.
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 contribution. Please contact your Personnel or Human Resources department to find out if they operate this scheme.
Many employers have matching gift programmes and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. If you're not sure if your employer operates such a scheme, contact your human resources department.
Charities Aid Foundation
You can open a charity account with the Charities Aid Foundation (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".
If you are planning to take part in an event and are raising sponsorship for any of the University's campaigns 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: 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.
Giving in your region
Canadian residents making a gift to the University 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.
Europe (outwith the UK)
European residents (outwith the UK) 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. 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.
The UK (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.
Use our Gift Aid calculator to find out how much your gift aid contribution is worth and how much you could reclaim if you are a higher rate taxpayer.
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.
If you are a US taxpayer wishing to leave a gift in your will, donate stocks and shares or make a gift online, you can find out more on our webpages.
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.
Recognising your gift
All donations will be acknowledged in writing. Gifts of £500 and over can be recognised and remembered in perpetuity on our online Benefactors Wall.
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