We are so pleased to launch a new fund in honour of the late Catherine Ennis HonRCO (Music, 1973), one of the UK’s leading organists.
Earlier this year we were sorry to share the very sad news of the passing of St Hugh’s alumna and renowned organist Catherine Ennis HonRCO (Music, 1973), who died of cancer on Christmas Eve 2020. With support from several of her St Hugh’s friends, the College is raising funds to endow the organ scholarships at St Hugh’s and name them after her. We hope that many members of our community will wish to honour Catherine’s memory by contributing to the Catherine Ennis Organ Scholarships Fund.
“I am so pleased that, with the support of the College community, we will honour Catherine’s incredible legacy by establishing the Catherine Ennis Organ Scholarships at St Hugh’s. Our organ scholars play a major part in leading College worship in the Chapel, and of course in the musical life of the College more widely. I look forward to welcoming wonderful musicians to St Hugh’s to serve as our organ scholars alongside their studies for generations to come.”
The Revd Dr Shaun Henson, St Hugh’s College Chaplain
How can you support your College?
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 Switzerland
You can make a tax-effective gift to St Hugh’s College through Swiss Friends of Oxford University, an independent association under Swiss law domiciled in Zug, Switzerland. Donate online, or by downloading the Swiss Friends Donation Form. Please make sure to note that you would like your gift to go to St Hugh’s College.
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.
Discretionary Fund: Gifts to the discretionary fund will be directed towards the College’s current area of greatest need. This fund may, among other things, be used to purchase new library books, to cover expenses for research trips, or to renovate student accommodation.
Catherine Ennis Organ Scholarships Fund: Gifts to this fund will be used to endow the Organ scholarships at St. Hugh’s. This fund in named in honour of the late Catherine Ennis (Music, 1973), St Hugh’s alumna and one of the UK’s leading organists.
Undergraduate Student Support Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to provide grants to undergraduates facing financial difficulty and to reward excellence by offering scholarships, awards and prizes to our most talented undergraduates.
Graduate Student Support Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to provide grants to graduate students facing financial difficulty and to reward excellence by offering scholarships, awards and prizes to our most talented graduate students.
Outreach & Access: Gifts to this fund support our Access and Outreach activities and initiatives.
Lady Ademola Fund: This fund is named in honour of St Hugh’s alumna Kofoworola Ademola Moore, a lifelong advocate for women’s education and social reform, who was the first black African woman to achieve a degree from Oxford in 1935. The Lady Ademola Fund is central to the College’s efforts to encourage greater participation and representation from Africa, and will support graduate students and visiting scholars, as well as an annual lecture series.
Refurbishment of Buildings: St Hugh’s site provides a tranquil and beautiful space that is a wonderful setting for student and student life. Gifts to this fund will help to secure our historic buildings for future generations by maintaining and improving facilities.
College Gardens: The College’s peaceful gardens make St Hugh’s a stimulating place to live and work. Gifts to this fund will be used to help rejuvenate and maintain our beautiful grounds.
College Library: Gifts to this fund will help the Library broaden its collection, and expand its study space, in order to respond to ever-increasing demands from students and academics, to ensure that each and every one of our students has access to the best scholarship.
Luke-Lunn Mathematical Teaching Endowment Fund: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Mathematics in perpetuity.
Jennifer Green Chemistry and Research Teaching Endowment Fund: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Chemistry in perpetuity.
Ann Smart Law Fellowship Endowment: In order to retain our outstanding Fellows and to continue to attract world-class students and academics, we must secure teaching posts by endowing them. This endowment will provide a College fellowship in Law in perpetuity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The St Hugh’s Development Office produces an annual Donor Report (1 August 2018 – 31 July 2019). 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 2018-2019 Donor Report here.