Giving to Birmingham

By text, by Direct Debit, as you earn, by organising a bake sale or volunteering your time, there are dozens of ways to support the University's Circles of Influence fundraising campaign. Visit the links below for further information.

What giving means to me

Sarah ByrtWidening access to higher education is important to me personally and as a diversity champion for my firm. I also like the way that Birmingham keeps me updated on the progress of individual students on the A2B programme.’ Sarah Byrt (LLB Law with French, 1985)

Jo Newman‘The cultural intern scheme is a fantastic opportunity for young graduates to gain full time experience working in an arts organisation. It has beenexciting to work with Birmingham Opera Company and the internship offered me the flexibility to develop a range of important skills in addition to working with some really inspiring people.’ Jo Newman, (BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 2010)

Ali Groves‘My time at Birmingham was one of the most rewarding times of my life and as an alumna, it seemed to make so much sense to be giving back to the University - in my case, to help fund research into autism.’ Ali Groves (BA French, 1990)

David Hopes'The tremendous generosity of alumni in giving time to help translate Eye Shakespeare, a new smartphone app for visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon, into six different languages is not only a measure of their relationship with the town and with Shakespeare but is also testimony to the international outlook of the University. Through these volunteers, Shakespeare and the town will come alive for hundreds of thousands of people annually.’ David Hopes, Research Fellow, the Shakespeare Institute

The University as a charity

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).