Boost the value of your donation and tax-efficient giving

Your gift can often be enhanced by a variety of tax breaks for charitable action.

There are several schemes available to help donors based in various countries to make tax efficient donations.

UK EU and Europe USA Canada Rest of the World


Gift Aid

The University is an exempt charity (no X 1089). If you are a UK taxpayer your gift may qualify for tax benefits and would increase the value of your gift at no extra cost to you.
If you make a "Gift Aid Declaration" on the donation form, online, or over the phone, HM Revenue and Customs will increase your gift to us by 25p for every £1 you give.

If you pay higher rate tax, you may reclaim the difference between the basic rate and higher rate of tax on the gift value through your self-assessment tax return. This could enable you to make a larger gift at no additional cost.

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Give as you earn (GAYE)

UK taxpayers who are paid under PAYE (Pay As You Earn) can maximise regular donations to the University through payroll giving. Gifts made through this scheme are taken directly from the gross pay, giving the benefactor immediate tax relief at the highest rate of tax for which they qualify.

Simply check with your employer if they offer this facility here at the CAF website.

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

Remembering the University in your Will

Gifts to charity are exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT) in the UK, and the government provides a further incentive when you leave 10 per cent or more of your net estate to charity.

For more detailed information please visit our legacy page or to discuss leaving a legacy to the University of Sheffield, please contact David Meadows, Development Officer, on +44 (0)114 222 1073 or by email David Meadows

Stocks and shares

We are very grateful for gifts of stocks and shares, which benefit from some of the most generous tax relief available to benefactors. Sheffield can accept share gifts of any size. Find out more about giving shares as a donation on our dedicated page on Gifts of Stocks and Shares.


The University of Sheffield can accept gifts of land or property in a donor’s lifetime, and these gifts attract the same tax incentives as gifts of shares. Tax relief applies to any property, large or small, providing that the whole interest in the property is donated and we have agreed to accept it.

Please note that relief cannot be carried forward or back a tax year if the donor has insufficient income during the year in which the gift is made to make full use of their eligible deduction. Tax relief is given for the market value of the property as a deduction from the donor’s income chargeable to income tax for the tax year in which the gift is made.

The Income Tax relief is in addition to any exemption from Capital Gains Tax that may also be available to the donor. All the tax relief goes to the donor of the property.

To discuss leaving a property to the University please contact Miles Stevenson on +44 (0)114 222 1070 or email Miles Stevenson

Corporate gift matching

Corporate gift matching schemes enable you to increase the value of your gift to the University of Sheffield thanks to your employer matching it to a varying percent. To find out if your company operates such a scheme please contact your Human Resources department who should be able to provide you with further information. If your company does have a matching scheme they should be able to advise you how to take part and make the value of your gift to Sheffield even greater.

EU and Europe

Gifts from European countries may be made through any of our giving methods. Please note that we can only process card or online donations in GBP pounds sterling.

Benefactors in a number of European countries may be able to make tax-efficient donations to the University of Sheffield through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE), a partnership of leading European foundations that facilitates tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. TGE is currently operational for donations from and to at least a dozen European countries. The TGE network enables donors resident in one of the participating countries (both corporations and individuals) to financially support non-profit organisations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence.

For more information visit or contact Steve Clark by phone +44 (0)114 222 1076 or email Steve Clark


If you are a US taxpayer, you can make a tax-deductible gift to the "University of Sheffield in America"; an IRS registered 501(c)(3) organisation, EIN 30-0207689.

By making your gift to the University of Sheffield in America, your gift will be tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed under US law. Tax deductions apply to gifts of cash, shares and property, made either now or in your estate.

For more information on giving from the US, please see our USA Donations page.


Gifts from Canada may be made through any of the methods here. Please note that we can only process card or online donations in GBP pounds sterling.

Gifts from Canada are fully tax-deductible under Canadian law and you will receive an official receipt for tax purposes when we receive your gift.

Rest of World

We are not currently able to offer any tax-efficiency measures in countries outside those listed above. However, we would still be delighted to accept gifts from donors in these countries through the methods listed here.

If you are considering donating to the University of Sheffield from overseas and would like to discuss it with someone first, please contact Sara Qutub, International Alumni Development Manager, by phone on +44 (0)114 222 4519 or email Sara Qutub.