Make a Gift

The support of our alumni and friends is vital to Wolfson. We rely on your help to offer our students as much financial support as we can, and to develop the best possible academic and pastoral environment for their study.

Online giving

Our recommended method. You can set up regular online donations or make a single gift with credit or debit card. Please donate online here.

In the USA, you can donate tax efficiently through Americans for Oxford here. Americans for Oxford, Inc. (AFO) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service) which seeks gifts to benefit Oxford University and its colleges.

Giving by post

If you would like to send a donation by post, please download and complete a form at the bottom of the page. Please send the form to:

Wolfson College Alumni and Development Office,
Wolfson College, Linton Road,
Oxford,
OX2 6UD

If you live in the USA, please send a cheque to Americans for Oxford, the University’s 501(c)3 charity in the United States, with clear instructions that it is for Wolfson College (include postal address: Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD). Please send the cheque to:

Americans for Oxford,
University of Oxford North American Office,
500 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10110

Giving by voucher (UK)

Please complete your CAF voucher or charity cheque (payable to Wolfson College, Oxford) and send it to Wolfson’s Development and Alumni Office, indicating which area of College life you wish to support.

Making a Gift of Shares (UK)

If you make a gift of shares to Wolfson, you can claim tax relief equal to the market value of the shares on the day you make the gift, together with any associated costs such as brokers' fees. The relief is against your income tax for the year.

For example, a gift to the College of £1,000 worth of shares, made by an individual who is a higher rate taxpayer, would reduce their income tax by up to £500 for the year. Additionally, the benefactor would not have to pay any Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on any increase in the value of the shares since they were bought. If the shares have gone down in value, however, it is not possible to use this loss to offset any other CGT liabilities. For further advice and examples see the HMRC website.

Payroll Giving (UK)

UK taxpayers who are paid under PAYE can maximise regular donations to Wolfson through payroll giving. Gifts made through this scheme are taken directly from the gross pay, giving the benefactor immediate tax relief at the highest rate of tax for which they qualify.

If you are a UK taxpayer and are interested in this method of giving, please request an application form from your employer, detailing your wishes to donate to Wolfson College, Oxford. You may need to quote Wolfson’s charity number: 1141446. The employer will then deduct a gift directly from your salary before tax is applied.


Leave a Legacy

Legacies have made a huge contribution to Wolfson since its earliest days and are vital to its future. By remembering Wolfson in your will, you can make a lasting contribution for generations to come.

Everyone who has told us that they intend to leave a gift to Wolfson in their will can join the Syme Society, whose members are invited to an annual luncheon in College.

As an exempt charity, Wolfson pays no tax on gifts of money or property bequeathed in a legacy. This method of giving also has Inheritance Tax benefits for the legator. If you would like information about leaving a legacy to Wolfson and the related tax benefits involved in doing so, please get in touch with Huw David, Wolfson’s Development Director.

Find out more on our Leave a Legacy page or download our Legacy Brochure below. It includes information on the different types of bequest you can make, and a bequest response form that you can complete and send to us if you already plan to leave a legacy to Wolfson.

If you are a US tax-payer, and would like further information about leaving a legacy to Wolfson, please contact Michael Cunningham, Executive Director of Oxford University’s North American Office (212 377-4900).

If you have any questions or need any further information please contact the Wolfson Alumni Office.


Tax efficient ways of giving

Depending on where you live and whether or not you are a taxpayer, there are several ways you can increase the value of your gift to Wolfson.

UK taxpayers – Gift Aid

Please make sure to cover your donation under the Gift Aid scheme to increase the value of your gift by 25%, courtesy of HM Customs and Revenue. Higher rate taxpayers will get a further deduction from their taxes.

Donations from companies are not eligible for Gift Aid. However, the company can treat the gift as an allowable expense, making a saving on corporation tax.

USA taxpayers

Please send a cheque to Americans for Oxford, an American 501c3 charity, with clear instructions that it is for Wolfson College (include postal address: Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD). You may also give online via Americans for Oxford.

Continental European Residents

Tax efficient giving is available through the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) scheme. Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a partnership of leading European foundations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. The TGE network enables donors resident in one of the participating countries (both corporations and individuals) to financially support non-profit organisations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence.

The scheme is currently operational for donations from the following European countries:

• Austria • Belgium • Bulgaria • Croatia • Estonia • France • Germany • Hungary • Ireland • Italy • Luxembourg • Netherlands • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Slovakia • Slovenia • Spain • Switzerland • United Kingdom

Country-specific contact details for the scheme are available on the TGE website.

Donors in Switzerland

Swiss residents can also give tax efficiently to Oxford through Swiss Friends of Oxford.  

Donors in Germany

Residents of Germany can make tax-efficient donations to Wolfson via the German Friends of Oxford University, a registered charity run by Dr Jan Willisch. It is authorised to issue donation receipts to German donors, entitling supporters to offset charitable gifts from their taxable income in Germany. Contact: Dr Jan Willisch (email: germtax@gmail.com; tel: +49 302 579 75000)

Donors in Canada

The University of Oxford is recognised by the Canadian Revenue Agency as a prescribed institution under Section 3503 of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations. Canadian donors can either give online or can download and complete the International Donation form below. If you give online, please remember to tick the box to request a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.

Donors in Hong Kong

The University of Oxford China Office Limited is a registered charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. The China Office can issue gift receipts for Hong Kong tax purposes. To make a gift, please click here.

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