Emma Cornwall, Alumni Officer and Legacy Officer
t. +44 (0)1223 338901


By remembering Girton in your Will, you can help create a home-from home for generations of scholars to come. For more on how you can help us play the 'long game' of financial sustainability please go to: or contact our Legacy Officer on +44 (0)1223 338901 or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

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Adding Girton to your Will

There are several methods by which you can remember Girton in your Will, and we suggest that you use the following wording should you choose to leave a gift to the College:

‘I give to the Mistress, Fellows and Scholars of Girton College, Cambridge (Registered Charity Number 1137541)[the residue of my estate] [_____ % of the residue of my estate][the sum of _________] free of tax for the Unrestricted Permanent Endowment Capital of the College and I declare that the receipt by the Bursar or other authorised Officer of the College shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executors.’

As a registered charity Girton pays no tax on gifts bequeathed and a legacy to the College may reduce your estate’s Inheritance Tax liability. Additionally, from April 2012, if a person leaves 10% of his or her estate to charity, Inheritance Tax will be charged on the estate at a rate of 36%, rather than the usual rate of 40%.  Potential legacy donors who are already considering leaving a gift in their Will may find under this relief that they can leave more to charity with little impact on the amount left to their non-charitable beneficiaries. For more information please visit

Codicil Form

If you would add Girton to an existing Will, you can do so by downloading and completing our Codicil Form. Once completed, the Codicil Form should be stored with the original copy of your Will. We highly recommend that anyone considering a significant change to their Will should consult their solicitor.

Saying Thank You

If you choose to notify the College of your intentions you will be eligible to join the 1869 Society. Named to recall the year of the College’s foundation, members of the 1869 Society will receive a purple lapel pin and they, and a guest, will be invited from time-to-time to events hosted by the Mistress.

For USA donors

Cambridge in America operate a range of options for donors from the USA to make tax-efficient provision for Collegiate Cambridge. For full information, please see Cambridge in America’s Planned Giving page. You should request that the Directors of Cambridge in America exercise their discretion and allocate your gift to support Girton College. Cambridge in America also runs the 1209 Society to thank US alumni who support Cambridge by means of Planned Giving.

For Canadian donors

The University of Cambridge is recognised by Revenue Canada for the purposes of charitable giving to the University and Colleges, and is authorised to issue receipts on behalf of both to enable Canadian donors to claim deductions when computing their taxable income. Where the gift comes via a legacy, the receipt is sent to the executor of the donor’s estate. If you are intending to leave a legacy to Girton, please make your executor aware of this procedure.