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

If you are looking to make , we have set up the Hughes Hall Hong Kong Limited account, allowing for an easy donation transaction. This account also ensures that we are able to accept donations in a tax efficient manner
from Hong Kong by direct transfer. To find out more please contact us at

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 & Give As You Earn

Many companies enable their employees to participate in Give As You Earn (GAYE) and Payroll Giving, which allows you to make a tax-free donation directly from your UK salary or pension. Payments are normally of a set amount, made monthly, but it is also possible to make one-off payments. Your employer may also match your donation, which could as much as double the value of your gift to Hughes Hall at no extra cost to you.

In order to set up a gift via Payroll Giving, you need to contact your HR or Charity Department. They will ask you to complete a form which requires your employer to make a deduction from either your salary or pension. Please also keep the college informed so that we can make sure your gift is recognised and allocated in accordance with your wishes. Please find further information here.

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 Principal, 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.