Make a Gift

Making a difference: why we need your support

For over 800 years, Cambridge has been changing the world. Since 1885 Hughes Hall has been a part of that story, and today Hughesians are playing their part in a huge variety of disciplines, from medicine and law to education and engineering. To our 600 strong international student body, we are a home, a support, and a community.

Our students and researchers are pushing the frontiers of scientific research into life threatening diseases, finding ways to help protect fragile ecosystems and developing new technologies that will improve the quality of people’s lives.

Whether you donate time, funds or expertise, your philanthropy helps us to make a difference.

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Download a printable UK donation form to make a single gift or set-up a standing order here, or to set-up a Direct Debit here.

Making a Gift from Outside the UK

Gifts from the US

If you are a resident of the USA and would like to make a donation to Hughes Hall, please direct your gift (for maximum tax efficiency) via Cambridge in America. Please indicate that you would like your gift to be allocated to Hughes Hall.

Gifts from Canada

In order for a charitable gift to be tax-deductible in Canada, it must be to a ‘prescribed university outside Canada’. The University of Cambridge is prescribed for this purpose in the Canadian tax code. We will forward on a receipt acceptable to the Canadian tax authorities which is prepared by the University.

Gifts from Hong Kong

For the benefit of our valued alumni in Hong Kong, we have set up the Hughes Hall Hong Kong Limited account, making processing of donations faster and more efficient. This ensures that we are now able to accept donations in a tax efficient manner from our Hong Kong alumni and friends by direct electronic transfer. To assist the Development Office with donation processing, and to ensure that receipts acceptable to the revenue authorities in Hong Kong can be issued for all donations, we kindly ask that we be notified of any donations made to the account by sending a brief notification email to:

The full account details are:

Bank Name HSBC Hong Kong
Bank Address 1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Account Name Hughes Hall (Hong Kong) Ltd
Account Number 801-170069-838 (Business Vantage Account)
Bank Code 004 (optional)

Gifts from Europe

If you live in Europe and would like to make a tax efficient gift please visit Transnational Giving Europe for more information.

Corporate matched giving

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.

Leaving a legacy

By remembering the College with a gift in your will, you can ensure that Hughes Hall continues to be a home away from home to students from all backgrounds, and that we can continue the good work that has made us what we are today.

More information can be found on our Leaving a Legacy page.

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Our way to say thank you

All donors, whatever the amount given, will be recognised in the year of their gift in our annual donor list, which is sent out with an appropriate College publication.

The Gild: £1,000 – £4,999

Supporters who have given £1,000-£4,999 in the last five years. Throughout our history, the support of students and alumni has been crucial to our growth and development. From our earliest days, students contributed a penny to become a member of The Gild (sic), a supporters club whose proceeds went towards the College’s most pressing needs.


The Elizabeth Hughes Circle: £5,000 – £24,999

Supporters who have given £5,000 and £24,999 in the last five year. This circle is named after the College’s first Principle, Elizabeth Hughes (1851-1925).


The President’s Circle: £25,000- £1M

Supporters whose lifetime giving is over £25,000. Members of the President’s Circle receive invitations to the annual Commemoration Dinner in May, where the President and Fellows gather in commemoration of Hughes Hall’s Founders and Benefactors. The evening celebrates our rich history and acknowledged our generous benefactors, friends and supporters.


For more information about making a donation, please contact the Development Office on or write to us at the following address: Development Office, Hughes Hall, Wollaston Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EW.