Fundraising Priorities and Projects

Please use our online donation form to make a secure donation by card or direct debit. Please note that unless you indicate otherwise, we have to assume that your donation is for the Unrestricted Fund.

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Unrestricted Fund

Unrestricted funds give Queens’ the flexibility to continue to fulfil its important obligations and meet new challenges. Each year the College invests over £4 million in the education it provides.

Student Support

Student support funds ensure Queens’ can provide a world class education in a caring, supportive and inclusive environment to undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Subject fund endowments - £100,000-£200,000 depending on size of subject
  • Undergraduate support - Cambridge Fee Bursaries (£3,500 p.a. for one student for three years)
  • Postgraduate support - full (£35,000-£50,000 p.a., endowed at £1m +) and partly-funded (£10,000 p.a.) postgraduate studentships
  • Prizes - £5,000 to endow a £100-£150 prize
  • Extracurricular support - travel grants (£500 p.a., endowed at £15,000), named sports bursaries (£17,000 endowment), endowment of any major sports club or society (£100,000)

Teaching & Research

The endowment of University Teaching Officer positions (£600,000) and College Teaching Officer positions (£2.1m) help us sustain the supervision system and provide a career path for young academics.

Buildings

Buildings funds help us provide comfortable and subsidised accommodation, as well as modern and well-equipped libraries and study spaces for our students.

Endowment

The College’s endowment allows us to maintain our independence as a first rate, research-led, teaching organisation for the best and brightest students, irrespective of background.

Current Projects

 

For all these projects, please contact Emma Charlesworth by email.

Donor Recognition

Benefactors in Old Library

Queens’ is greatly appreciative of every gift we receive. Our donors are mentioned in our Floreat Domus (though donors are of course welcome to remain anonymous) and we personally thank each donor with a letter. Additionally, donors are occasionally invited to special events in College. Those who give towards an endowed fund, spend-down fund, a Fellowship, bursaries and studentships will receive an annual stewardship report where possible.

Donors who give a gift regularly to the College will become members of our 1448 Society.

Those who choose to include Queens’ in their will and inform us of such will become members of our Arthur Armitage Society. Please click on the links below for more information on these societies.

We honour donors who give £10,000 (net) or more in the three years preceding the annual Commemoration & Ceremony of Benefactors and Benefactors’ Feast. These donors will be eligible to receive an invitation, annually for three years, to this lavish ceremony and feast where they will be personally thanked by the President.

Exceptional philanthropy is recognised many ways, including through room naming, hanging portrait photographs or recognition on our Major Benefactors’ Plaque in the Porters' Lodge.

In addition, donors who give of £1,000,000 are elected as a Fellow Benefactor. Fellow Benefactors also receive membership of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors.

 

Double your impact through The Harding Challenge

Students on Mathematical Bridge

Thanks to a generous gift to the University from David and Claudia Harding you can double the impact of your gift if you choose to directly support our students. Donations for any aspect of Student Support at Queens’ can unlock money from a central University fund to boost undergraduate bursaries across Cambridge.

As a large but historically underendowed College Queens’ will be one of the greatest beneficiaries of this, receiving the largest amount from this fund of any College.

Your gift will have a significant impact at Queens’, as well as supporting students in the greatest need across Cambridge.

Gifts from donors in the following categories qualify to unlock this matched funding:

First time donors to Queens’ and the University

Donors who gave to Queens’ for the first time between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2021 (and have already qualified for The Harding Challenge)

Donors whose last gift to Queens’ was before 31 July 2019

Please contact Emma Charlesworth in the Development Office if you have questions about whether or not you might qualify for The Harding Challenge.

 

The Harding Challenge

The Harding Challenge will increase the impact of donations from towards student support at Queens’ by unlocking money for the Cambridge bursaries in proportion with the amount donated. Gifts must be from qualifying donors (see above) and fall under the Student Support Initiative to qualify for The Harding Challenge. At Queens’, gifts for general student support, subject funds, studentships, bursaries, prizes, travel grants, sports funds, and clubs and societies, would all be eligible.

It has been just over a year since David and Claudia Harding made history by donating £100 million, the biggest single private gift to the University of Cambridge. £20 million of this gift set up The Harding Challenge, part of a University-wide drive to increase funding for the Cambridge bursaries, which provide vital need-based financial support to undergraduate students. This is part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Student Support Initiative, All The Best, which aims to raise £500 million for undergraduate bursaries, postgraduate studentships and activities related to student wellbeing. Since its launch last year, this campaign has already raised £170 million.