Maximising the value of your gift

Thank you for considering a gift to the College; we welcome and encourage participation at any level. There are various ways in which you can increase the value of your gift, either through tax-efficient methods or matching schemes that are available.

Gifts of Shares

Giving via shares is one of the most tax efficient ways of making a charitable gift. As such, it is a great way to support Univ and may enable you to do more for the College than you could via a cash donation. Please click here to find out more.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies now match donations made to charity by their employees, either pound for pound, or in some cases, a double-match! Matching gifts usually require a simple form from your HR department that you send to us for confirmation. If your employer is not included in the list of Matching Gift Companies, please contact your Human Resources department to find out whether they participate.

Gift Aid

Both regular and single gifts can be made tax-efficiently in the UK simply by checking the Gift Aid declaration box when giving online, or by completing the declaration on the Gift Form. This enables us to claim an additional 25% from the Government for your gift while higher rate tax-payers can themselves claim 20% tax relief on their gross donation. For further information about Gift Aid, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.

Tax-effective Giving

In the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, Europe and Hong Kong it is possible to donate tax-effectively via our networks of overseas friends or an Australian, European or Hong Kong-based charity. For more information on donating from these countries, please click here.

Give As You Earn

Give As You Earn (GAYE) enables employees to give to charities such as Univ and/or the Old Members' Trust directly from their payroll, before tax. Some employers also operate a generous GAYE topping-up scheme (similar to matching gifts), increasing the value of your monthly gift by an agreed percentage. Please contact your HR department to find out more about GAYE. Please note that the College and the OMT are unable to reclaim any tax from the Government on the GAYE donation made. CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) usually deduct an administration fee of 4% from the amount donated, except when the employer has kindly agreed to cover these charges. When completing the form, please ensure you quote the full name of your preferred charity: "University College Oxford" and/or "Univ Old Members' Trust". Further details are available from CAF: email or tel +44 3000 123 000.

Moritz-Heyman Matching Scheme

In 2012, the University of Oxford received a significant pledge of £75 million, from Christ Church alumnus Michael Moritz and his wife Harriet Heyman, towards the funding of bursaries for the most financially disadvantaged undergraduate students. The gift will be made to the University in three instalments of £25 million, the first of which has already been received. Each subsequent instalment is conditional upon the collegiate University raising a further £50 million for undergraduate student support. A gift to the College, directed to undergraduate student support, will count towards this challenge. Click here to learn more about the Moritz–Heyman Scholarships.