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. 

Strategic priorities

General purposes/Unrestricted funds - 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 - £3,500 to endow a £100-£150 prize
  • Extracurricular support - travel grants (£500 p.a., endowed at £15,000), named sports bursaries (£15,000 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
The Covid-19 Student Support Fund
Geography Subject Fund
The Henry St John Hart Fund
The Haszeldine Fund in Chemistry

For all these projects, please contact Sam Davis and Ann Cernek by email.

Fellowships
All our University Teaching Officer Fellowships at Queens'
For further information, please contact Rowan Kitt (Fellow & Development Director), Sam Davis (Senior Development Officer) or Ann Cernek (Development Officer) 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

- Annual Gifts List - The names of all donors are published in the annual Gifts List, both in print and online. Please contact the Development Office if you would like to remain anonymous.
- The 1448 Society - For donors who make a regular donation to Queens'.
- The Arthur Armitage Society - For those who are planning to leave a legacy to Queens' in their will. 
- Personalised room plaque - The names of donors who give £10,000 (net) to the Queens' endowment are displayed on a plaque at the entrance of their old College room. 
- Commemoration & Ceremony of Benefactors and Benefactors' Feast - Donors who give £10,000 (net) or more in the three years preceding the annual event are invited to be personally thanked by the President at this lavish ceremony and feast. 
- Major Donors Plaque at the entrance of Queens' - The names of donors who give £500,000 (net) to any area of Queens' are engraved on the Major Donors Plaque at the entrance of Queens'. 
- Fellow Benefactors - Donors who give £1,000,000 (net) to Queens' are elected to be Fellow Benefactors of the College.

Double your impact through The Harding Challenge

As of 1 August 2020, gifts for student support from donors in the following categories qualify to unlock matched funding from The Harding Challenge:

  • First time donors to Queens’ and the University
  • Donors who gave to Queens’ for the first time between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 (and have already qualified for The Harding Challenge)
  • Donors whose last gift to Queens’ was before 31 July 2018

Please contact Ann Cernek or Sam Davis 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

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

For details of giving through shares or other methods, please email the Alumni & Development Office.