St Hugh’s is proud of its reputation for offering educational excellence in a friendly, inclusive and forward-thinking environment. However, the tutorial system is an expensive teaching method that is not fully covered by tuition fees and Government funding. With one of the smallest endowments in the collegiate university, we must look to alternative sources to fund this gap and to support the things that make St Hugh’s special: our commitment to access, our dedicated students, Fellows and staff, and our beautiful grounds. To face this challenge, the College has turned to conference and B&B activity, merchandise sales and, most crucially fundraising.
Many other Oxford Colleges have been able to adapt to these changes because of the returns they receive on their endowments. St Hugh’s endowment only provides us with a very small percentage of the funds we need and therefore other funding sources are vital for St Hugh’s.
We need your help to close the ever-increasing funding gap in the College's and our students' day-to-day needs. Please would you consider making a donation to the Discretionary Fund, used to support our current area of greatest need. This fund is vital for ensuring a sustainable future, as it is used to enhance library and teaching spaces, support our students with bursaries and to improve student accommodation, as well as to invest in new resources for research.The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, Principal
How you can support your College?
- Make a Gift Today
Giving from the UK
St Hugh’s is a charity and the College can claim Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer. This means that with Gift Aid added, a donation of £100, for example, becomes worth over £125. This applies to all gifts, whether a one-off or a regular payment. Donate online by credit or debit card, or by direct debit. You can donate by downloading our UK Donation Form. You can also fill out a Gift Aid form here.
Giving from the USA
You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s College through Americans for Oxford, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donate online by credit card. You can also donate by downloading our US Donation Form.
Giving from Canada
You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s via the University of Oxford Development Trust Fund. All funds shall be paid in full to the College.
Once your gift has been processed, the University shall transfer all funds, without deduction, to the College. On receipt of your donation, we will ensure that you are sent a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.
To ensure any gift you make is made tax-effective, make all cheques and bank drafts payable to the ‘University of Oxford Development Trust Fund’ or for online gifts tick the box labelled ‘I am a Canadian tax payer and I would like the University to issue me with a tax receipt.’ Donate online by credit or debit card. You can also donate by downloading our Canada Donation Form.
The Oxford University Development Trust receives its charitable donation status under Section 3503 of the Canadian Income Tax Act Regulations.
Giving from Hong Kong
You can now make tax-effective gifts to St Hugh’s via the University of Oxford China Office Limited. This is a registered charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. On receipt of your donation, the University will ensure that you are sent a receipt for Hong Kong tax purposes. All funds shall be transferred in full to the College. Donate by downloading our Hong Kong Donation Form. Further information can be found on tax efficient-giving from Hong Kong can be found here.
- Leavers Gift
Every year we ask finalists (and their parents) to make a small donation as they leave College and move on to their new careers. Thank you to everyone who helped raise over £800 this year.
In 2018, we asked our finalists to consider making a gift to the College’s Book Fund, which enables the College Library to broaden its collection especially with readings that have prohibitive costs for students. This Fund assists the Library in acquiring a comprehensive reading collection in a variety of subjects, so that all of our students, regardless of their financial situation, may thrive in their programme while studying at St Hugh’s.
Making a donation to your College before you leave can help provide a important impact for future students as well as lasting memories of your year group.
- Regular Giving
The regular giving programme, also known as a recurring gift, makes a crucial difference to what we are able to achieve each year. We strongly encourage regular giving as it enables individuals to make a greater impact while helping College allocate resources effectively and efficiently. Regular giving can be set up to be monthly, quarterly, or annually.
Whether you choose to support an area of College life that has particular meaning for you or whether you would like your gift to be used at the discretion of the College for the area of greatest need, we are very grateful for your generosity.
Regular giving can be set up online or through any of our donation forms above.
- Legacy Giving
St Hugh’s would be unrecognisable were it not for the many generous bequests left by alumni and friends of the College. These legacies have contributed to the fabric of the College as we know it, to new buildings, to endowing fellowships or to supporting students in financial difficulty. We are very grateful to all those who remembered St Hugh’s in their will.
Making a legacy to St Hugh’s is a lasting and effective way to support the College. Including a legacy in your will is straightforward and it can be done either at the time you make your will or, if you have already made a will, by adding a Codicil.
Those who notify us of their pledge are recognised as members of the 1886 Society. The 1886 Society is a group of over 230 generous and committed supporters who have pledged a gift in their will to the College. Members receive invitations to attend special events, communications on leaving a legacy, and recognition at the Donors’ Tea (May) and the Donors’ Dinner (February).
For those of you who may be considering leaving a legacy, the Development Team will be delighted to send you a special legacy guide.
Below are some downloadable documents that you might find helpful when preparing your legacy to St Hugh’s. If you wish to discuss legacy giving further, please contact the team.
- Donor Charter
St Hugh’s College is deeply committed to its donors and remains dedicated to treating friends and supporters with the highest level of care and respect. The donor’s charter has been produced to assure donors and potential donors of the integrity and accountability of St Hugh’s Development Programme.
At the heart of St Hugh’s lies the commitment to academic freedom. The College values and safeguards its autonomy and academic freedom, and does not accept gifts when a condition of such acceptance would compromise these fundamental principles.
Our donors have the following rights:
- To be informed of the way we intend to use donated resources, and of our commitment to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be kept informed of the impact of their philanthropy and the College’s evolving needs and priorities.
- To have access to the College’s most recent published financial accounts.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers or employees of the College.
- To be assured that donors’ rights to privacy will be respected and that there will be full compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment, recognition, and publicity for their donation in consultation with the donor, and to respect anonymity if requested.
- To receive progress reports on supported activity.
- To be kept informed of the recruitment process and appointment when they have supported an academic post. Please note that donors do not have the right to nominate to nor participate as a member of a search or selection committee.
- In the case of financial support for students, the College will undertake to inform and involve the donor as appropriate on selection.
- Will be applied to the purpose for which they were originally intended. The academic priorities of the College will change from time to time and, should this happen, alternative uses for restricted donations will be discussed with the donor or the donor’s representative.
- When undesignated will be used for such purposes as the College judges will best advance its academic priorities.
- Will be acknowledged promptly.
- Donors Report
The St Hugh’s Development Office produces an annual Donors Report (1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017). We are so thankful for the support from all of our donors. This report gives us a chance to celebrate our donors and the impact their generous gifts can and do have across our community. You can download the Donors Report 2016/2017.