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Make a Gift

There are many easy ways you can support Lincoln and make your gift count.  We are always happy to work with you to find the best option for you.

We welcome donations made in cash and by cheque, card, standing order or direct debit.

If you would prefer to send your donation through the post, then please download the relevant form for either UK, USA, Australia or Rest of World, and return it to the Development Office.

Our secure online donation form is a quick and easy way for you to support Lincoln’s aims and ambitions by making either a single or regular gift.

Gift Options

You can make a gift to Lincoln College in the following ways.

If you would like to work with the College on a major development project, please contact the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Susan Harrison, or, if you are based in North America, please contact our Deputy Director of Development, Jane Mitchell. They will be delighted to discuss potential opportunities for collaboration.

Overseas Donations

Donors from overseas can in many cases donate in a tax-efficient manner; see below for details on how to give if you live in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, or Hong Kong.


Supporters of the College who are US taxpayers can make full tax-deductible gifts for the benefit of Lincoln at any time during the year through one of two 501(c)(3) organisations under the US Internal Revenue Code: Americans for Oxford or British Schools and Universities Foundation. To ensure tax efficiency and the necessary tax receipt, donations must be channelled through one of these organisations rather than sent directly to Lincoln College in Oxford.


The University of Oxford is recognised by the Canadian Revenue Agency as a prescribed institution under Section 3503 of the Canadian Income Tax Regulations. On receipt of your donation, we will ensure that you are sent a receipt for Canadian tax purposes.

You can give online via the University of Oxford website, designating your gift to Lincoln College.


Belgium • Bulgaria • France • Germany • Hungary • Ireland • Italy • Netherlands • Poland • Romania • Slovakia • Switzerland

It is possible to make tax-efficient gifts to Lincoln College, if resident in one of the above countries, through Transnational Giving Europe (TGE). To do so, donors need to contact the foundation in their country and state clearly that their gift is for Lincoln College, Oxford.

Swiss residents can also give tax efficiently to Lincoln College through Swiss Friends of Oxford University.

Residents of Germany can also make tax-efficient donations to College via the German Friends of Oxford University, a registered charity run by Dr Jan Willisch. It is authorised to issue donation receipts to German donors, entitling supporters to offset charitable gifts from their taxable income in Germany. Contact: Dr Jan Willisch (email:; tel: +49 302 579 75000)


For donors from Australia wishing to give tax-efficiently, we have entered into a partnership with the Australian National University to provide a scholarship to help an Australian graduate to come to Lincoln to study. See here for more information about the scheme. The chairman of the fund is John White (1959).

Thanks to the generosity of Lincoln alumni, the scholarship has now been in operation for two years. The Scholarship is currently valued at AUS $15,000 and we endeavour where possible to match it with other scholarships to ensure that the student receives both tuition and living stipends.

To mark the 20th anniversary of these scholarships, the Oxford-ANU fund is seeking to double the amount of the scholarship.

If you would like to make a tax-efficient gift to the Lincoln College Oxford – Australia Scholarship Fund via the ANU, please complete this form.

Hong Kong

To make your gift to Lincoln, you can do so through the University of Oxford China Office Limited, which is a registered charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. The China Office is able to issue gift receipts for Hong Kong tax purposes. Please read more on tax-efficient giving for Hong Kong donors here.

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Thanks to the wonderful support of alumni, the numerous bursaries and graduate scholarships have ensured that the College continues to welcome an incredibly rich and diverse international community. I would like to personally thank you for your generosity.

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Additional information and other ways to give

Gift Aid

If you pay tax in the UK, all gifts qualify for basic rate income tax relief through the Gift Aid Scheme. All you need to do is to tick the Gift Aid box when you give online or complete the Gift Aid Declaration on the donation form. This enables Lincoln to recover tax relief over and above your actual donation equal to the basic rate of tax. So if you give a donation of £100 to Lincoln it is worth £125. If you pay the higher rate of tax you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation, or, if you so wish, you can allocate the higher tax rate to your gift. You must pay an amount of Income Tax/Capital Gains Tax equal to the amount of tax that all the charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) you donate to will reclaim on your gift for the tax year (VAT and council tax do not qualify).

For more information on tax relief for charity donations, please click here.

Please consider a Gift Aid donation wherever possible.

Please notify the Development Office if you wish to cancel the declaration. If you change your name or your address, please update your details here. If you are unsure whether your donation qualifies for Gift Aid, we will be pleased to advise you.

Give As You Earn

If you are employed in the UK, your employer may operate the Give as You Earn Scheme. Giving through your payroll has the advantage that payments are made out of your gross income before tax is taken – a significant saving to you. Useful information is available here.

Charities Aid Foundation

You can also give to Lincoln through the Charities Aid Foundation, via the College’s CAF online giving page, or through your own CAF Charity Account designating your gift to the College. Information about CAF can be found here.

Company Matched Funding

It is worth asking whether your company operates a Matched Funding Scheme as this can enhance the impact of your gift to Lincoln. If the company that you work for operates a Matched Funding Scheme, you need to provide your company’s HR office with the official confirmation of your gift to Lincoln (which you will receive via email or in the post) and they will then action the matching request.

This is a fantastic way to increase the value of your donation. It’s very helpful for us to know whether your company has such a scheme, so we can let other employees know.

Gift of Shares

We welcome gifts of shares in support of Lincoln. To discuss making a gift of shares, please contact Susan Harrison by email or by phone (01865 279838).

Gifts in Kind

Lincoln has been lucky to benefit from gifts in kind, such as furniture, art and manuscripts. If you are interested in making a gift of this nature please contact the Development Office by email or phone (01865 279838).

Please note that constraints of space mean that we are often unable to accept donations of book collections.

Donor Charter

We are very grateful for the support received from alumni and friends. Lincoln College is an independent charity (number 1139261), and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. For more information on our promise to our donors, please see our Donor Charter.

Your Gift and your Data

The data collected by our giving forms is used for the following purposes: to acknowledge your donation (including for tax purposes), to keep you informed about the use of your donation, to include your name in the Honour Roll of Donors (unless you have opted out), and to send you invitations to relevant events and other news from the College.

For more information please refer to Lincoln College’s Privacy Policy.

Where next?

  • Learn about legacy and planned givingRead more
  • Discover our fundraising prioritiesRead more
  • Find out about other ways to get involvedRead more