Alumni at a gaudy dinner in hall

Ways to Give

Thank you so much for considering making a donation to St Peter’s. We are most grateful for your commitment to the college and our students.

Below you will find details of the various ways in which you can make a donation. For people in the UK, Canada and USA, donating online is the easiest way to support St Peter's.

Donations from UK Taxpayers benefit from the government’s Gift Aid Scheme. For every £1 donated, the college can claim 25 pence of tax at no additional cost to you. Thus, a gift of £100 is worth £125 to St Peter's. Higher rate tax payers can also benefit from tax relief by claiming back the difference between the higher rates of tax at 40 or 50 per cent and the basic rate of tax at 20 per cent on the total value of their gross donation. More information is available below under 'Tax Efficient Giving'.

If your question about giving is not answered here, we would be happy to speak with you. Please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office by email or telephone on +44 (0)1865 614985.

You can also click here to download a UK donation form to return by post.  

St Peter’s College, Oxford is a registered charity no. 1143166.


The easiest way to make a regular donation to St Peter's is through our secure online system.

However, if you would prefer to set up a regular gift by some other means (e.g. standing order), please do not hesitate to contact the Development Office by email or by telephone on +44 (0)1865 614985.

The fastest way to give a single gift is to call our office on +44 (0)1865 614984, and make a direct card payment. Alternatively, to make a single gift online, please select the fund you wish to give to from the list below and complete the St Peter’s College giving page to allow us to process your gift.

The Castle Hill House project

The acquisition of the Castle Hill House site (next to the College) poses a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build affordable student accommodation and to expand the College site in central Oxford.  

For the first time many of our second-year undergraduates will be able to live in College, and in the heart of the city, transforming their student experience and securing our future success.

Please make your gift today by completing and returning this form (UK and non-US donors) or this form (US donors) by post only, or give online through PayPal

Where the Need is Greatest
Buildings and Facilities
Tutorial System
Student Support

For US donors, please confirm that you wish your gift to go to St Peter’s College, rather than the University, by selecting 'St Peter's College' in the drop-down list on this page .

If you wish to donate in some other way, please contact the Development Office for the relevant information and/or forms.


Americans for Oxford, Inc. (AFO) is a 501(cg)(3) tax-exempt organisation (recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service). Gifts to AFO qualify for an income tax deduction to the full extent allowed by law.

You can download a US donation form here. Please send your completed donation form by post only to Americans for Oxford, Inc., 500 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10110, USA. 

Hong Kong

The University of Oxford China Office is set up as a charity in Hong Kong under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. If you are a taxpayer in Hong Kong, the Office will make sure that your gift gets to your designated college or university department and also issue you with a tax receipt.


German Friends of Oxford have charity status and are therefore entitled to issue to any donor a confirmation of donation, in order to claim tax relief. It typically takes no more than three weeks to transfer a German donation to the Oxford University Trust. The University trust in turn transfers the donation to St Peter’s. We will receive the entire donated amount without any deduction or handling fee, whereas most other similar organizations charge. Therefore, if you generate taxable income in Germany you may donate to the College either by sending a cheque with an accompanying letter to:

Dr Jan Willisch
German Friends of Oxford University e.V.
c/o lindenpartners
att. Dr Jan Willisch
Friedrichstrasse 95
D-10117 Berlin

Or by direct bank transfer to:
German Friends of Oxford University e.V.
Deutsche Bank Dusseldorf
Sort code: 30070024
Account No.: 236404000
IBAN: DE75 3007 0024 0236 4040 00


Guidance on how Belgian residents can make a tax-deductible gift to St Peter’s can be downloaded here.

Rest of Europe

Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) provides a practical alternative to direct donation. The TGE network is a partnership of charitable institutions that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving in Europe. The procedure is as follows:

1. The donor contacts his/her local partner.
2. The local partner establishes contact with the TGE partner in the country of the recipient institution.
3. The host partner checks that the intended beneficiary is eligible (in the host country) for receiving tax-deductible gifts.
4. If the evaluation is positive, the donor makes a gift to his/her local partner who passes this to the intended beneficiary via the host partner.
5. The local partner issues a tax certificate to the donor.

Part of the donor’s gift is retained by TGE, i.e. 5% of the first €100,000 and 1% of the amount more than this figure. The maximum contribution is €15,000. TGE uses the funds collected to further the cause of hassle- and tax-free cross-border gifting through, for example, developing new partners and providing free practical advice to donors and potential recipients.

More details can be found here:

Other territories

You may give through the UK giving page, but please contact us if you require any specific documentation regarding tax deductions, or if you would like to discuss tax efficient giving in your territory.

A legacy represents the greatest honour that St Peter’s can receive. Each and every legacy gift has a tremendous impact – in sustaining the quality of teaching and research, the student experience, and the College site itself.

Please let the Development Office know if you decide to include a bequest to St Peter’s in your will. Please also contact us if you wish to discuss making a bequest for a particular purpose (for example, to support a Fellowship).

The College particularly welcomes gifts of the residue of an estate (or a specified proportion) as the value of this type of benefaction is unaffected by inflation. A gift of a specified sum of money is of course extremely welcome, although it should be kept in mind that the value of such a bequest decreases with inflation unless the Will is kept up-to-date.

In addition to the ones above, there are several forms of legacy and we recommend that you seek professional advice in deciding which is most appropriate. These include:

  • A specified sum of money from your estate
  • A gift following a life interest (where the College receives the benefit only after the death of another beneficiary e.g. a spouse)
  • Shares, property or other non-monetary gifts

If you find yourself as a beneficiary under a Will, you may like to consider transferring the whole or part of your inheritance to St Peter’s College, Oxford, using a deed of variation. Gifts and possessions that have been transferred in this way become free of inheritance tax. This can be an effective way to support the College in your lifetime.

Click here for a suggested formulation for UK taxpayers and here for more information on legacy giving from the US.

The Howard Society was set up in 1988 as a means of recognising and thanking those who have decided to make a provision to St Peter's in their will

Gift Aid

Both regular and single gifts can be made tax-efficiently in the UK simply by checking the Gift Aid declaration box when giving online, or by completing the declaration on the Gift Form. This enables us to claim an additional 25% from the Government for your gift while higher rate tax-payers can themselves claim 20% tax relief on their gross donation. For further information about Gift Aid, please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website .

If you would like St Peter’s College to claim Gift Aid on your donations, please complete the form below and return it to or send it in the post to:

Development and Alumni Relations Office
St Peter’s College
New Inn Hall Street

Gift Aid Form

Corporate Matching

Many companies now match donations made to charity by their employees. Matching gifts usually require a simple form from your HR department that you send to us for confirmation. Please contact your Human Resources department to find out whether they operate a matching gift scheme.

Some employers also operate a generous Give As You Earn (GAYE)  topping-up scheme. GAYE enables employees to give to charities such as St Peter’s directly from their payroll, before tax. A GAYE topping-up scheme (similar to matching gifts), increases the value of your monthly gift by an agreed percentage. Please contact your HR department to find out more about GAYE.

Please note that St Peter's is unable to reclaim any tax from the Government on the GAYE donation made. CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) usually deduct an administration fee of 4% from the amount donated, except when the employer has kindly agreed to cover these charges. When completing the form, please ensure you quote the full name of your preferred charity: “The College of St Peter le Bailey in the University of Oxford”.

Further details are available from CAF: email or tel +44 3000 123 000.

Gift of shares

Giving via shares is one of the most tax efficient ways to support St Peter’s and may enable you to do more for the college than you could via a cash donation. You do not have to pay Capital Gains Tax on any shares you give and you can write off the full value of your gift against your tax liability in the year when you give the shares.

If you would like to make a gift of shares please contact Christopher Shakespeare (telephone: +44 (0)1865 614820).

The St Peter’s College Foundation is a separate charitable body to that of the college, working independently of the college’s office of Development and Alumni Relations – though with its close participation. It was set up in 2005 by a group of alumni with its primary focus being to invest in people as opposed to buildings and infrastructure.

The Foundation aims to support initiatives to attract the broadest range of potential students to the college, provide financial support to students in residence at the college and invest in maintaining and expanding the college’s teaching resources.

The Foundation established and now regularly supports reading groups for finalists and bridging courses for first year undergraduates. It funds studentships and seminars for the support of graduate research, as well as travel and research grants for teaching Fellows.

Two graduate studentships have been established – one in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and another for a Singaporean national chosen jointly by the donor and the college.

There are eight Trustees, of whom three are senior members of the Governing Body and 5 are graduates of the college:

Charles Ind (Chair)
Steve Diggle
Jacqueline King
Jocelin Harris
Rodney White
Charles Wilkinson
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, CBE (Honorary President)
Mark Damazer CBE
Prof Abigail Williams
Prof Balázs Szendrői

The Trustees manage the assets and take all investment decisions.

The Foundation is registered as an independent UK charity no 1107938.

If you would like become involved in the Foundation, please contact them via email.