GIVING TO DOWNE HOUSE

Ways to Give

Donation form

If you would like to make a single or regular donation, paving stone, seat or name a room in the Centre for Learning please download and complete a donation form. Cheques should be made payable to 'Downe House Foundation' which is our registered charity name. Please send your form to: The Foundation Office, Downe House, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9JJ.


Donate online

If you would prefer to make a single or regular donation online using a Debit or Credit Card or your PayPal account please follow this link to our Total Giving page.


10 Year Vision Bursaries

Downe House has long sought a diverse student population in order to provide a well-rounded educational environment for all, and to better prepare students for life beyond the Downe House community.

In 2016-2017 23 girls benefited from full and partial means-tested bursaries. Financial help towards the payment of fees in cases of proven need is available at all points of entry to Downe House. This assistance is available in the form of bursaries which vary in size according to circumstances; some may be as high as 100% plus an allowance towards School extras.

For more information about Bursaries please contact Foundation@downehouse.net.


Legacies

We want to give future generations of Downe House girls, from all walks of life, the chance of a first-class education. A gift in your Will, of any size, will help us educate and inspire girls for generations to come. We understand that many people cannot give to Downe House during their lifetime. A gift in your Will allows you to make a charitable contribution at no cost to you today. A gift in your Will to a charity is tax efficient, gifts are deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated and can reduce the liability to your beneficiaries download our handy advice sheet here for more information.


International donors

We welcome donations from all over the world.  If you want to make a donation from overseas please complete our International Donation form.  You can either make an online transfer direct to our bank account or you can send your cheque, payable to 'Downe House Foundation' to: The Foundation Office, Downe House, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9JJ.

US donors can also make donations via the British Schools and Universities Foundation Inc by downloading the BSUF Donor Transmittal Form and sending it to: British Schools & Universities Foundation, 575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006, New York, NY 10022-2511.


Tax Effective Giving

Having charitable status allows gifts to Downe House to be tax-efficient. The benefits of Gift Aid are considerable. If you pay UK tax on any kind of income, including capital gains, then the school is entitled to reclaim the basic rate of tax that you have already paid on your gift at no cost to you - this works out at 25p for every £1 donated. Higher rate tax payers can also reclaim the difference between standard and higher rate tax on their donation for themselves through their Tax Return, which means it costs you less to give.

The budget in March 2000 saw a significant change in how individuals and companies can donate to charities, which, for the first time, has real benefits accruing to the donor as well as the beneficiary of gifts of shares. For more information on donating shares download our handy advice sheet here.

Tax effective giving for stocks and shares advice sheet (PDF)

View our online Gift Aid Calculator