Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does my donation to the University of Southampton support?
The philanthropic support we receive from our alumni and friends enables the University to provide support for our students where donations are the most vital; continuing success now and for the future. The stories contained on the Impact of your support pages demonstrate how your generosity is helping us to achieve great success.

Please see our Annual Giving section for more stories about the impact of your gifts to the University through the Annual Giving Programme.

What is the Annual Giving Programme?
The Annual Giving Programme supports the strategic aims of the University, our students and our world class research by offering all alumni and friends of the University the opportunity to make an instant yet lasting difference by making a gift to one of the five strategic areas. These areas include Postgraduate Research Scholarships, Enterprise, Enhancing the Student Experience, The Library and the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Fund to support the University where the need it greatest. To find out more on these funds and how you can become more involved visit the Annual Giving section of our website.

I already give to the University of Southampton but need to change the details of my Direct Debit (address, bank or building society account number), what do I need to do to make these changes?
Please contact the Annual Giving team by calling 023 8059 9077 or email

I have received a call from a student at the University. Why is this?
Many of our alumni and friends welcome the opportunity to speak to a current student to learn how they can have an impact on the University. Periodically throughout the year you may receive a call from one of our students. The aim of these calls is to update your details, tell you about any news or events happening on campus and offer you the opportunity to make a gift to the University if you wish to do so. Telephoning our alumni and friends is a great way for us to keep in contact with you and helps us to create a mutually beneficial relationship. If at anytime you wish to not receive a call from one of our students we ask that you please contact our Annual Giving Office.

I live outside of the UK and want to donate to the University of Southampton – how can I make a donation?
To make a donation to the University from outside the UK (for US donations please see below) please download and complete a donation form. Please note that the University is only able to accept donations from non-UK residents that are made via a personal foreign currency cheque. Unfortunately we are not able to accept Direct Debit donations from overseas.

If you live in the United States, you are encouraged to make a gift to the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF), stating a preference for the University of Southampton. For further information please refer to our section called ‘Making a Gift from the USA’.

How can I leave a legacy gift in my Will to the University?
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who considers leaving a gift to the University in their Will. We can help guide you through the process and provide advice on how best to leave a gift this way. Find out more about legacy gifts and how the benefit the University.

There is no legal obligation to inform us if you leave a bequest in your Will in favour of the University, but it would be very useful for us to know your intentions so that we can steward your pledge and thank you for your support. To find out more click here.

How does my donation qualify for Gift Aid?
You must:
• Have paid at least as much tax as we will reclaim (which is 25p for every £1 you donate) in the tax year in which you made your donation. The tax year runs from 6th April in one year to 5th April in the next.
• Have made a declaration to us that you want your donation to be Gift Aided and have provided us with your full name and home address. This declaration can be found on our gift forms or you may make a verbal declaration when you make a gift over the telephone with one of out student callers.

More information on Gift Aid.

What other ways can I be more involved with the University?
There are a wide variety of ways for you to get involved with supporting the University, from attending events to giving a careers talk to our students. For further information please click here.

What is the University of Southampton’s charitable status?
The University of Southampton is an Exempt Charity (reference X 19140). Certain charities are ‘exempt’ from Charity Commission supervision because they are considered to be adequately supervised, or accountable to, another authority. To find out more click here.

Who can I contact about a specific enquiry?
Full contact details are available on the contact us page.

Related pages:

Annual Giving, Tax Effective Giving, Contact Us,

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