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Annual Fund Appeals

Making a difference to our students

Inspiring students by giving them the freedom to turn their dreams into reality

The Annual Fund is made up of gifts of all sizes and frequency from alumni and friends who want to provide opportunities to those students who need them the most.

Thanks to your generosity, the Annual Fund supports students by raising funds to help them cope with unexpected hardships, for bursaries to help cover their living costs, for scholarships and other projects, such as travel and study materials. The Annual Fund enshrines our commitment to widening opportunities for those from less financially secure backgrounds and enhancing their overall experience and well-being at university.

In this uncertain world, we need to ensure that this generation of students are given the freedom to discover their dreams and the ability and confidence to turn them into reality. This is often a life-changing experience. We are extremely grateful for your generosity in helping to make that possible. Thank you.

Telephone Campaign 2021

Girton’s annual Telephone Campaign will take place around Easter 2021 from 22nd March 2021 to 18th April 2021. The Telephone Campaign provides an excellent opportunity for alumni to engage with the current students at Girton, to give feedback on publications or online events and to make an impact on the lives of students today by supporting one of our priorities in A Great Campaign.

Giving Week - students holding 150 signs

In our 150th year, your support helped more students than ever before!

In 2019 we asked you to help us celebrate our 150th anniversary by supporting our future pioneers. Your response was overwhelmingly generous. In our first ever Giving Week, the global Girton community came together to change the lives of students – our future Girton Pioneers – and drive on the great educational adventure that this College represents. Your generosity helped make this the most successful Giving Week in Oxbridge, thank you!

We had hoped that 250 donors would support the Giving Week but were stunned that over 550 supporters joined in the celebrations and raised over £150k (a serendipitous number!) to assist students in financial need.

The support given during our Giving Week to our student hardship and wellbeing fund means that we are able to award eight more grants each year, in perpetuity, to those who experience unexpected financial hardship during their course. Such awards offer a lifeline of support to students in need, particularly this year where our students have, like so many of us, had their lives changed by the impact of COVID-19. 

But that is not all. Despite the fact that we were unable to run the 2020 Telethon, your generosity means that we have now completed the endowment of over 23 undergraduate bursaries and two postgraduate scholarships. 

More of our alumni have given than ever before. Words cannot express how grateful we are for this support, particularly during this most difficult year. Thank you. 

Giving Week 2019

Girton stories

Lara Parizotto

Human, Social, and Political Sciences

The bursaries I have received from Girton have been really helpful in keeping me focused on my degree and not worrying as much about financial stress. They have assured me that I will be able to pay for my living costs for the whole academic year. As someone who worked on the Telethon Campaign I am really appreciative of these bursaries and how much alumni donors care about the College and the students who are here. Thank you so much for your contribution to Girton

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