Giving to Queens'

Giving to Queens’ means investing in the future and enabling bright young people from all over the world to seize life-changing opportunities:

  • Benefit from first-rate tuition from research-active academics;
  • Learn to be part of a tolerant, diverse, caring and intellectually-curious society;
  • Participate in myriad activities ranging from sailing and singing to debating and drama.

Our fundraising aims to support student bursaries, Fellowships, the general costs of delivering first class education in a historic setting, and to increase our endowment, upon which we largely depend. 

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.

Strategic priorities

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.

Specific & current fundraising projects

Student Support


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

Make a regular or one-off donation online

Please use our online donation form to make a secure donation by card or direct debit.

Make a donation by electronic bank transfer

You can make a donation by electronic bank transfer. Our details are below:
Account Name: Queens’ College Development Fund
Bank: National Westminster, Market Street, Cambridge
Sort Code: 60-04-23
A/c number: 54605342
BIC/Swift Code: NWBK GB 2L
IBAN: GB91 NWBK 6004 2354 6053 42

Use our printable donation form

You can provide details of your donation by filling out our printable donation form and returning it to the Alumni & Development Office by post or email. For security reasons, please do not include any card details by email.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charitable donation by 25%, allowing Queens' to reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid allows Queens' to claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.
To be eligible for Gift Aid you must pay the equivalent amount in tax to the amount of Gift Aid any charities would reclaim on your charitable donations that tax year.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer you are entitled to reclaim the difference between basic and higher rate tax on your donation. This means that a gift of £1,000 per year to Queens' College would equal £1,250 including Gift Aid, but only cost you £750. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, please ensure you claim that margin on your own tax return. More details can be found on the Charities Aid Foundation website.
Please let us know if your gift is Gift Aid eligible at the time of making your gift.

Donor recognition levels

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

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.

Leave a gift in your will

Legacies are crucial to securing Queens’ future for successive generations of students.
Any gift will make a difference to student support, teaching and sustaining Queens’ community, whether you pledge 1% or 100% of your estate.
When you inform us that you are leaving a gift to Queens’ in your will, you become a member of the Arthur Armitage Society and are invited to an annual thank you event at Queens’.
More information can be found on our website.

Give from the United States

If you live in the United States, you can give to Queens' through Cambridge in America. Cambridge in America is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organisation (recognised by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service) which funds grants that benefit Cambridge University and its member Colleges. In compliance with IRS regulations, the Board of Directors of Cambridge in America maintains complete discretion over allocation of gifts to Cambridge. Gifts to Cambridge in America qualify for an income tax deduction to the limits allowed by law.
Cambridge in America methods of giving
Queens' - Cambridge in America donation form

To make a gift and take a U.S. income tax deduction, you may make a donation to the British Schools & Universities Foundation (Federal Tax ID 13-616-1189), a charitable organization approved by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under code Section 501(c)(3). Write your check to the order of the British Schools & Universities Foundation.
You should express a preference for Queens' in your transmittal letter, not on your check. Such preferences are respected by the Foundation but all grants are made at its sole discretion, as required by the IRS.
If you have any questions about giving through BSUF, please contact Sam Davis.

Give from Hong Kong

Hong Kong Taxpayers can give tax-efficiently to Queens’ College through The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong. The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong is registered under section 88 of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Ordinance. 5% of all donations made through The Friends will be used to fund Prince Philip Scholarships to support Hong Kong students studying at Cambridge.

For more information please contact:
The Friends of Cambridge University in Hong Kong
PO Box 31
General Post Office
Hong Kong

Give from Europe

It is possible to give tax efficiently through Transnational Giving Europe from the following European countries:

Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

This scheme is run by the Charities Aid Foundation and its partner organisations. It enables alumni to make a gift to the College and receive all applicable tax benefits in the country where they pay tax. To make a gift and claim tax relief please contact your national foundations and explain that you wish to make a gift to Queens'. It would also be helpful if you could contact the Development Office to ensure that we have all the necessary paperwork in order.

Give from Canada

We can provide a tax receipt from the University for donations from Canada made directly to Queens' College. Please contact the Alumni & Development Office if you would like a tax receipt for your gift from Canada.

Give through shares

There are a number of advantages, including not paying capital gains tax on shares you donate and income tax relief, to supporting Queens’ through a gift of shares.

HMRC provides useful guidance on the steps you need to follow to receive these benefits.

Queens’ asks that if you are planning a gift of less than £5,000, that you sell the shares and donate the proceeds to the College.

If you are making a gift of more than £5,000, the College’s brokers will be pleased to handle the sale.

You can make a gift through shares using this form. For further information, please contact Emma Charlesworth in the Development Office.