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Support Birkbeck


If you are in a position to make a gift to support Birkbeck students you can:

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Give by post or phone

  • Post: we accept cheques, charity vouchers and postal orders. Simply send your gift to the Development Office, and we will write back to confirm the receipt. Remember to make all cheques payable to ‘Birkbeck College’.
  • Phone: to discuss your gift, or to make a gift over the phone, please contact us.
  • Alternatively, download a gift form and return it to the Development Office.
  • Coronavirus update: Please note that we are currently unable to process cheques and other postal deliveries sent to Birkbeck, as the majority of our staff are now remote working in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Post will be processed once these measures have been lifted and normal operations have resumed. Thank you for your understanding.

Payroll giving

  • Payroll giving enables you to make a gift to Birkbeck straight from your gross salary before tax has been deducted.
  • For a basic rate taxpayer (paying 20% tax) to give a £10.00 gift, it will only cost £8 or just £6 for higher-rate taxpayers (paying 40% tax).
  • In addition, many employers will match their employees' gifts. Ask your employer whether they have a payroll giving scheme.
  • If you have any questions relating to payroll giving please contact us.

Gifts in wills

Share giving

  • By making a gift of shares to Birkbeck, you are entitled to claim full tax relief equal to the market value of the shares and any associated costs such as brokers' fees. For example, if you are higher rate taxpayer and you give £1000 worth of shares to Birkbeck, you will pay £400 less in income tax that year.
  • No capital gains tax (CGT) will apply to any increase in the value of the shares donated to charity. However, if the shares have fallen in value, the donor will not be able to use this loss to offset any other CGT liability.
  • If you have any questions relating to shares giving please contact us.

Gifts from the United States

  • Birkbeck is registered with the British Schools and Universities Foundation, a US-based education foundation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. This means alumni and friends of Birkbeck living in the United States are able to benefit from the same tax deductions on their charitable gifts as they would if they gave to a United States based university or charity.
  • To make a gift to Birkbeck:
    • Download and complete a Donor Transmittal form.
    • Make your cheque out to the 'British Schools and Universities Foundation'.
    • Send the Donor Transmittal form and your cheque to the address specified on the form.
  • Our representative will forward on your gift to the British Schools and Universities Foundation.
  • The British Schools and Universities Foundation will provide you with a receipt which you can use for your tax return.

Give as you Live

  • Start shopping through Give as you Live.
  • Shop with your favourite stores and they'll give to Birkbeck - and they won't charge you a penny more. From John Lewis to Expedia, you can compare thousands of products and brands that all raise money for UK causes and get the best deal online.
  • Give as you Live works with 3113 stores that have signed up to donate a commission on every online purchase to the charity of your choice. This commission is already included in the price of what you're buying, so you can support Birkbeck at no extra cost to you.

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