Make a gift

The University of Birmingham is a charity. You can support us in a variety of ways, from regular donations to legacies and Give As You Earn schemes.

Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and donor "Without philanthropy, the University of Birmingham would not exist, meaning our supporters truly are woven into our DNA. We are grateful to every one of the alumni and friends who have played their part in our history and hope you will continue to be a part of our future."

Regular donations

A regular Direct Debit allows you to manage your giving long-term and helps us plan our future funding more effectively. All donations made by UK taxpayers also qualify for Gift Aid, increasing the value of your gift by almost 25% at no extra cost to you. To set up a regular Direct Debit, please email to request a donation form.

One-off donations

You can choose to make a single donation to an area of your choice through our online giving site.

All cheques should be made payable to the University of Birmingham and should be addressed to Development, Alumni and Business Engagement, University of Birmingham, Birmingham Research Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SQ.

Class gifts

Our reunions for alumni who left 10, 25, 35, 40 and 50 or more years ago are a great opportunity for the year, as a group, to transform the lives of our students by making a Class Gift. For further information see the Influencing Innovation theme of our Circles of Influence campaign.

Share giving

Donations of shares listed on a recognised stock exchange are eligible for relief of capital gains tax. In addition, the shares’ market value on the day of transfer can be offset against income tax liability in the year they are donated.

For more information on share giving, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

Give As You Earn (GAYE)

Making a donation to Birmingham direct from your salary is tax free for regular or single gifts. Simply check with your employer if they offer this facility here

For more information on payroll giving, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

Leave a gift in your will

Leaving a gift in your will is easy to arrange. Like a lifetime gift, legacies are tax-free and in some instances can even reduce the amount of inheritance tax incurred by your family and friends.

You can visit our legacies pages for more information or contact our Legacy Officer, Emma Hazlewood, on +44 (0)121 414 7957 or

For more information about reducing inheritance tax on your estate, please click on the Legacy10 logo on the right hand side of this page.

US residents

Alumni and donors in the United States can make tax-effective gifts through the University of Birmingham Foundation.

To find out more contact Paula Duff, International Major Gifts Manager, via or +44 (0)121 414 9261.

Canadian residents

If you are a Canadian taxpayer, your gift to the University is tax-deductible. Send your donation to the University, and we will send you a receipt which will be accepted by the Internal Revenue.

For more information on giving from Canada, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

Benefit your business

Becoming a corporate sponsor is a fantastic opportunity for you and your business. All companies will get tax relief when they give money to a UK charity by deducting the amount given from profits and paying less corporation tax. Companies can make gifts directly, or can offer a corporate matching gift scheme through which they double charitable donations made by their employees.

For further details, contact Hayley Rose, Deputy Head of Development - Major Gifts, via or +44 (0)121 414 8204.

For more information on giving to charity through your business, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

Useful information

The University is an exempt charity under Schedule 2 of the Charities Act 1993. An exempt charity enjoys all the tax exemptions and other benefits of a charity, but is exempt from certain requirements, including the need to register with the Charity Commission. The University preserves its exempt status under the Charities Act 2006. As it is not on the Register of Charities, the University does not have a charity registration number, and, although it is a corporate body, the University is not a limited company therefore it is not registered at Companies House. It does have a tax-exempt Inland Revenue charities reference number (X7237).

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