Sponsored fundraising

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

Additional information

Gift Acceptance Policy


The University of Glasgow is committed to acting in an ethical and responsible way.  We have a global reputation for excellence, contributing positively to the wider world.   

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. In line with guidance from the Fundraising Regulator the University mustnot refuse or return donations, except in exceptional circumstances. 

For this reason, we have an obligation to our staff, students, previous supporters and wider stakeholders to do everything reasonable to ensure that the funding sources for philanthropic1 donations, and the purposes to which those donations are applied, do not in any way, undermine the University’s reputation and values.   

This policy sets out the University of Glasgow’s policy for acceptance of philanthropic donations.  It is not intended to cover gifts and hospitality offered to staff members, this is covered through the anti-bribery and corruption policy. 


A Gift Acceptance Committee (GAC) has been established to ensure that gifts that are solicited and accepted by the University are consistent with our strategy and values and that all donors are treated equally. See Terms of reference for the GAC. 

All single or cumulative gifts of £250,000 or more are taken to GAC for consideration.  The GAC will retain oversight of all gifts under this level and reserves the right to consider any gift to the University regardless of size.   

The GAC meets regularly to review proposed gift approaches, assess whether they adhere to the University’s core principlesvalues and strategic direction, and consider any potential ethical or reputational risk to the University that could arise from accepting a donation.   

The GAC remains separate from the Development & Alumni and membership is as follows: 

  • The Principal and Vice Chancellor  
  • Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary of Court 
  • A co-opted lay member of Court 

In attendance:  

  • Head of Planning and Development Operations and/or the Director of Development and Alumni. 
  • Head of Communications 
  • SRC member (If student interests are involved) 
  • Other relevant representatives of beneficiary areas as required 


Gift acceptance policy 

  1. The University of Glasgow will only accept philanthropic donations where the identity of the supporter is known.  Funds will not be generally accepted if an intermediary negotiates a benefaction on behalf of the supporter who asks for complete anonymity. The identity of the supporter must at least be known, and acceptable to, the Director of Development and/or the Principal & Vice Chancellor.  
  2. The University, having considered a range of information and undertaken due diligence, will accept gifts where: 
    • The purpose of the gift is consistent with its strategic objectives as set out in the current published University strategy. 
    • The nature or level of the gift does not result in unacceptable current or future financial liabilities. 
    • The source and purpose of the gift does not create unacceptable conflicts of interest for the University or any individual School, College or Institute. 
    • All reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that the University is aware of the source of funding for each gift and has satisfied itself 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.   
    • Acceptance will not impose unacceptable conditions nor violate the Gift Acceptance Policy or other University policies or regulations. In accepting a philanthropic gift the University should 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 
    • Due regard has been taken of any reputational risk for the University which may derive from the acceptance of any particular gift. 
  3. Gifts of more than £250K should be referred to the GAC for written approval. 
  4. Gifts of under £250K can be accepted by the Director of Development. Gifts under £250K may be referred to GAC for approval.  
  5. In order to ensure that appropriate due diligence can take place for all significant gifts, all individual academics, Colleges, Schools, Research Institutes and Professional Service Directorates are required to alert the Director of Development of any proposed approach to a donor for a gift or the unsolicited receipt of a gift.   
  6. Legacies will be monitored and received in the same way as all other gifts covered by this policy. However, enhanced due diligence will take place only once an estate has gone into administration, not when the University is first notified of a proposed legacy or bequest. 


A philanthropic gift is a voluntary transfer of money by an individual or an organisation, made with philanthropic intent for the benefit of the institution.  The University of Glasgow follows the Ross-Case guidelines when counting philanthropic funds. These include: 

  • Gifts from personal donors, in the UK and overseas, of cash and other instruments of wealth, including shares, appreciated securities, bonds etc.
  • Giftsinkind of physical items  property, art, equipment etc.; 
  • Actual legacy income received inyear from deceased individuals (notifications of legacy pledges from living donors should also be reported as with any other donation); 
  • Donations from charitable trusts and foundations in the UK and overseas;
  • Grants made by affiliated support foundations such as North American 501(c) (3) organisations and similar organisations in other countries; 
  • Gifts from companies in the UK and overseas; (exclusion criteria dictates that in the vast majority of cases corporate sponsorship must be excluded as it is based on a quid pro quo relationship) 
  • Gifts from overseas governments or their agencies and foundations; 
  • Income from the National Lottery and similar sources (e.g. Heritage Lottery Fund, Sport England etc.); 
  • Funding through the Land Fill Scheme. 

All philanthropic gifts will be received following the guidelines above. 


Frances Shepherd Director of Development  Frances.Shepherd@glasgow.ac.uk 
David Duncan  COO and University Secretary  David.Duncan@glasgow.ac.uk 

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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