Annual Fund 2020

All donations, whatever their size, made to the College's General Fund and Student Support Fund during this time will help the College through the COVID-19 crisis. 


A special funding request – COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

“While the future is uncertain, we can be absolutely sure of two things: first, that Wolfson College will continue to commit itself to offer every member of its international community of scholars the opportunity to fulfil their potential and transform society for the good of all. Second, that our financial resources will be severely strained by the coronavirus crisis.” Jane Clarke, President

The General Fund is used to support key priorities across College and allows us to be flexible in directing funds to where they are most needed. At the current time, gifts to this fund are ensuring the College is COVID secure and a safe place for students, staff and other members of the Wolfson community. 

The Student Support Fund enables Wolfson to ensure our students get the support they need to thrive at Cambridge and to make the most of their time at College, be it through specific College projects and programmes; grants, bursaries and hardship awards; travel grants or equipment and other items needed to support study. Since the start of the pandemic, many students have experienced unanticipated costs - gifts to this area help us to support those who need it. Gifts to Student Support and hardship will be matched by the Harding Challenge, doubling your gift's impact and helping students across the University as well.


Priority area

The types of expenditure your donation will help Wolfson fund in this extraordinary year:

General Fund:

Changes to our buildings and outdoor spaces to ensure a safe environment and minimise infection risk when students, staff and members return. This includes making college COVID secure, for example: 

  • Screens, PPE, deep cleaning and improvements to the layout
  • Reimagining indoor and outdoor spaces to open up the estate
  • Additional tables, chairs and other furniture for greater social distancing

Student Support Fund:

Awards in support of students and their families from less financially advantaged backgrounds who are, through no fault of their own, in unanticipated hardship and financially worse off than before. This includes essentials and bursaries, such as:

  • Undergraduate top-up bursaries for means-tested students reducing the burden of debt
  • Masters studentships to enable talented scholars to take up their place during times of financial uncertainty
  • Critical awards for a 10th term for PhD students who need extra time to complete their PhD where their study has been delayed over the summer
  • Funds for laptops and other unexpected expenditure, for example £75 provides a one-off hardship grant, and £300 will support a student's course-related travel


Ways to give:

If you have any queries, including giving through other means, please contact the Development Office. If you would like to see more methods for providing a gift please click here.  

A one-off gift of any amount

Many supporters give single donations and gifts of any size together make a big difference. All donors are invited to an annual garden party at College and are recognised in Wolfson’s Annual Review. 



A regular gift over multiple years

Donors who choose to give a regular annual, quarterly, or monthly donation will help the College to plan ahead with greater financial certainty as we will have a steady income stream to rely on. At this crucial time, please consider making a regular commitment for the next 3 or 4 years - the time it takes for a student to complete an undergraduate degree or postgraduate study.

As an example, a gift of £1,000 a year for three years will provide an undergraduate student with a top-up bursary throughout their study. 

The President’s Circle

Donors who give £1,000 or more a year become members of the President’s Circle. This group of donors together raised more than £150,000 in the past 12 months. 

For a limited time due to COVID-19: for every gift to the Student Support Fund, the Harding Challenge Fund will donate a matching amount to the University's Cambridge Bursaries. This includes single and recurring gifts up to £100,000.

If you have a UK bank account, your money could go further if you pay by Direct Debit: this supports our long-term planning and helps to keep our administration costs down. 

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