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Making your gift

Make a single gift

  • Make a single gift by credit or debit card.
  • Make a gift by cheque, postal order, charity cheque or voucher, payable to the University of St Andrews. Please send to the Development Office, enclosing a completed Gift Form (PDF, 1,196 KB)
  • Make a gift by electronic bank transfer. Please contact us for more information.

Make a regular gift

  • Make a monthly gift by Direct Debit.
  • Make an annual gift by Direct Debit - please send your completed Gift Form (PDF, 1,196 KB) to the Development Office, please do not send the form directly to your bank.
  • Give directly from your salary. Please contact your own payroll office for more information on Give as You Earn and Payroll Giving.

Leave a legacy bequest

We understand that a legacy is one of the most personally significant gifts a donor can make to St Andrews. more...

Since the foundation of the University, St Andrews has relied upon the generosity of committed supporters to facilitate world renowned research and teaching. You can join them, and use your legacy to support:

  • undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries
  • academic posts and research programmes in specific University schools and departments
  • St Andrews’ rich cultural heritage of historic buildings, libraries, collections and museums
  • University sports’ facilities and activities, from golf to water polo

Or, you can support them all by leaving a gift for the general purposes of the University.

More information about leaving a legacy.

Give shares or property

Giving shares or property to the University can be mutually beneficial and tax effective. more...


As the University of St Andrews is a registered charity, donations of shares and securities can be mutually beneficial. You can claim tax relief on the full market value of your gift and avoid any capital gains tax which may have arisen.


Gifts of land, buildings and personal property can be made to the University of St Andrews free from tax. As a registered charity, we do not pay stamp duty on receipt of outright gifts of land or buildings.

Please contact us for more details about any aspect of giving to the University.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a UK government tax scheme which enables the University to claim tax relief on donations received from UK taxpayers. more...

In order for gifts to be eligible for Gift Aid, the donor must be a UK taxpayer who has or will have paid an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that the University of St Andrews (and all other charities to which they donate) will reclaim on the gifts in the relevant tax year in which the gifts are made.

How Gift Aid Works

The University receives your donation, which is money you've already paid tax on, and reclaims the basic rate of tax from HM Revenue & Customs on the gross equivalent of the donation, which is the amount before basic rate tax was deducted.

The basic tax rate is 20%, so if you give £10 using Gift Aid, the donation is worth £12.50 to the University.

If you pay higher rate tax, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax (40% and/or 50 %) and the basic rate of tax (20%) on the total gross value of your donation to the University.

If you donate £100, the total value of your donation to the University is £125. You can claim back:

  • £25 - if you pay tax at 40% (£125 × 20%)
  • £37.50 - if you pay tax at 50 per cent (£125 × 20%) plus (£125 × 10%)

Please complete the Gift Aid Declaration on the Gift Form (PDF, 1,196 KB)  or in the online donation facility at the same time as you enter your gift details. Thank you.

Donations to the University made by companies are not covered by Gift Aid; however the company can treat the gift as an allowable expense, making a saving on Corporation Tax.

Gifts made with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) vouchers have already had Gift Aid claimed on them by CAF, and therefore further Gift Aid cannot be claimed by the University.

Still have questions? Contact our UK office at donate@st-andrews.ac.uk or +44(0)1334 461906

For more information about making a gift, please contact:

Susan Donald
Development Officer (Operations)

E: donate@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44(0)1334 461906

Please send gifts for the University of St Andrews to:

Susan Donald
Development Officer (Operations)
91 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AJ

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC013532, regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.