How to give

Thank you for considering a gift to St John’s. You can find information below both on how to make your gift and how to do so tax efficiently.

If you would like to discuss your gift further please contact the Development Office

It is often easiest to make your gift online.  

You can make a regular gift by direct debit by clicking here

You can make a one-off gift by credit/debit card by clicking here

US taxpayers can make their gifts tax efficiently by giving online through Americans for Oxford, a 501(c)(3) organisation. 

If you would prefer to give by post, you can do so by printing out one of the following forms and posting it to Development & Alumni Relations Office, St John’s College, Oxford, OX1 3JP: 

UK Donation Form

US Donation Form 

Canada Donation Form 

International Donation Form 

Giving shares can often be a very tax effective way of supporting St John’s.  UK taxpayers who make a gift of shares pay no capital gains tax on the sale of those shares, and can use the value of their donation to reduce their taxable income.  Americans for Oxford is also able to accept gifts of shares.  If you would like to make a gift of shares please contact the Development Office

UK Gift Aid Scheme 

Gift Aid is a UK government scheme that enables charities, including universities and colleges, to claim tax relief on donations from individual UK taxpayers.  We would encourage all eligible donors to take up this scheme to maximise the value of their donation.  For every £1 a UK taxpayer donates, St John’s can reclaim a further 25p. This means that a £100 gift with Gift Aid is worth £125 to St John’s. 

Additionally, higher-rate and additional-rate tax payers can claim back the difference between basic rate tax and the higher rate of 40% or 45% on the gross value of their gift through Self Assessment. A gift of £100 (£125 including Gift Aid) would therefore be eligible for a rebate of £25 for a 40% taxpayer or £31.25 for a 45% taxpayer. 

Please note that we will share relevant and necessary data with HM Revenue and Customs to enable us to reclaim the Gift Aid on your donation.  Further information on the Gift Aid Scheme can be found here


The University of Oxford has a registered 501(c)(3) organisation, Americans for Oxford (AFO).  US taxpayers may make gifts to St John’s tax effectively through AFO. You can find more information about giving through Americans for Oxford (AFO) here.


The University of Oxford is a recognised Charity in Canada and Canadian taxpayers can therefore make tax effective donations to St John’s.  Please indicate that you would like a Canadian tax receipt when completing our Canadian donation form or get in touch with the Alumni Office

Hong Kong 

The University of Oxford China Office Limited is a registered charity under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.  Donors giving more than HK$100 may do so tax effectively if they complete the Hong Kong donation form. On receipt of your donation, the University will ensure that you are sent a receipt for Hong Kong tax purposes. 


Swiss residents can give tax efficiently to St John’s via the following link: 


The German Friends of Oxford University is able to accept tax effective donations on behalf of St John’s. The German Friends has charitable status and is entitled to issue donors with a confirmation of donation (Zuwendungsbestätigung) pursuant to § 50 EStDV (Income Tax Implementation Order). 

You can donate to the College by sending a cheque to: Dr Jan Willisch, Bayernallee 48. D-14052 Berlin, Germany 

or by bank transfer to: 

German Friends of Oxford University e.V. 
Deutsche Bank Düsseldorf 
Sort code: 30070024 
Account No: 236404000 
IBAN: DE75 3007 0024 0236 4040 00 

You will need to contact Dr Jan Willisch ( specifying that you would like your gift to go to St John's and your donation preference (if any). 


Transnational Giving Europe accepts tax effective donations from a number of other European countries on behalf of St John’s. The countries include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. 

You can find out more about Transnational Giving Europe here. When making a donation, please ensure you specify St John’s as the recipient of your gift. 

Gifts in wills are an important source of funding for all charitable organisations, and in this St John’s is not exceptional.  Legacies, however modest or magnificent, enable donors to remember St John’s alongside their loved ones, often by giving sums which would not have been possible during their lifetimes.  A growing number of alumni and friends are choosing to do this: their generosity and forethought will play an important part in helping to secure many aspects of the College’s operations for generations to come. 

There are a number of ways in which you can recognise St John’s in your will, and the method you choose will depend on your circumstances.  The most common form of legacy is a specified sum of money, but it is also possible to donate a specific asset, a percentage of your estate, or its residuary after gifts to other people or charities.  If you would like further information on leaving a legacy, or to discuss these options, please contact the Development Office

As St John’s is a registered charity, there are a number of tax advantages in including a gift to the College in your will.  The College is particularly grateful to those who choose to give in this special way, and strongly encourages you to let the College know if you have included a provision for the College in your will so that we can thank you appropriately. 

Many companies will match the charitable donations made by their employees. This increases the value of your giving at no extra cost to you. Please contact your HR Department to discuss how you can make your gift go further with additional support from your company. 

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