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Tax efficient giving

Making your gift go further

Gifts from UK taxpayers

Girton College is a Registered Charity, number 1137541. If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by an additional 25%, at no cost additional to you, if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration. All charitable gifts from UK taxpayers are eligible for Gift Aid.

Girton can reclaim tax at the basic rate from HM Revenue & Customs. This means Girton receives £12.50 for every £10 donated, and a regular gift of £10 per month for three years is worth £450 once tax has been reclaimed.

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Gifts from Higher and Additional Rate Tax Payers

Higher rate or additional rate taxpayers can reclaim the difference between the basic and the higher/additional rates of tax (currently 40% and 45% respectively) on the gross value of the donation when they complete their self-assessment tax return. This currently equates to 25p in every £1 pound for higher rate tax payers and 31p in every £1 for additional rate tax payers. For more information please contact the Development Director.

Worked example: gift to Girton of £1,000


Gift Amount

Gift Aid

Tax Reclaim

Final Cost to Donor

Benefit to Girton

Cash Gift




Cash Gift with Gift Aid, Basic Rate Taxpayer





Cash Gift with Gift Aid, Higher Rate Taxpayer






Cash Gift with Gift Aid, Additional Rate Taxpayer






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Gifts from persons subject to tax in the UK and USA

If you are subject to tax in both the UK and the US, you now have the opportunity to give to Cambridge in America (UK) Ltd, a registered charity in the UK, and thereby be simultaneously eligible for tax benefits in both countries.

Donation of shares

Donating shares is simple and can be one of the most tax-efficent ways to support Girton. You won't have to pay any capital gains tax on the shares you donate and you can claim income tax relief too.

In order to qualify for the tax relief, the shares or securities must be:

  • Listed or dealt on a recognised UK or foreign stock exchange.
  • Units in authorised unit trusts. 
  • Shares in a UK open-ended investment company. 
  • Holdings in certain foreign collective investment schemes. 

Individual circumstances may vary but below illustrates the possible benefits you and the College by making a donation of shares:

  Value of shares Amount of income tax relief you can claim Cost to you (as share-owner) Value to Girton
Basic Rate Tax-Payer £1000 £220 £780 £1000
Higher Rate Tax-Payer £1000 £400 £600 £1000

For more information on donating shares please contact the Development Director.

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Girton stories

Zion Kim


I come from a poor immigrant background, attended a local primary school, and lived in a single room with a family of four. Although my family’s situation has improved significantly … my parents can only dream of supporting me at University. Despite being awarded the maximum student maintenance loan, … I would have had to limit my spending on food and other necessities massively… Granted this bursary I need not worry about this and I am able to focus on academic work. I cannot express my appreciation in words for being allowed to study my subject in stress-free freedom

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