Make a gift

Thank you for choosing to make a gift to Merton College. You can make your gift now through one of the options listed on this page. Donation forms to download and return are also available here, and for further information please contact Megan Buchanan, Development Officer at +44(0)1865 286 312 or

Make a single gift
Gifts from the USA

Mertonians who are US Taxpayers can make tax-effective gifts at any time during the year via MC3, the Merton College Charitable Corporation. MC3 is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and all donations are tax deductible subject to standard IRS regulations.

Further information is available from:

Mr R G McKelvey
Merton College Charitable Corporation
2410 State Highway 34
Manasquan NJ 08736

Telephone: +1 732 449 5823


Gifts from Canada

The University of Oxford represents an educational institution specifically designated for charitable status under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and Regulations [Section 3503 thereto]. Gifts made by Canadian taxpayers to Merton College via the University of Oxford Development Trust are therefore fully tax-deductible.

If you wish to donate by cheque, please make it payable to “The University of Oxford Development Trust” and enclose it with our International Donation Form.

Gifts from Germany

Tax-deductible gifts must be made through the German Friends of Oxford University; full details can be found on our International Donation Form.

Gifts from Hong Kong

Hong Kong residents can make both single and regular donations to Merton via the University of Oxford China Office. Donations of more than HK$100 may be claimed for tax deduction purposes.

Please download and print a donation form and send it to the University of Oxford China Office, specifying Merton College as the recipient of your donation.

Further information is available on the University of Oxford China Office's website, or by contacting the China Office on +852-2151-3877.

Gifts from Switzerland

Tax-deductible gifts can be made through the Swiss Friends of Oxford University via the online giving form

Tax-effective giving

Merton College is a Registered Charity (No. 1139022) in the UK.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer, you can increase the value of your gift to Merton by 25% at no cost to you by claiming Gift Aid on your donation. You can complete the Gift Aid declaration when you make your donation online, via post or over the phone. The Gift Aid scheme allows Merton to reclaim the basic rate tax paid on your gift, and if you are a higher rate tax payer you can reclaim an additional portion of tax for yourself, further reducing the cost of your gift to you.

Give As You Earn (GAYE)

Give As You Earn (GAYE) is a Payroll Giving scheme that enables you to give regularly and tax-free to Merton directly from your pre-tax salary or pension. This means that a donation of £10 to Merton only costs you £8 if you are a basic rate tax payer. Your employer or pension provider will be able to confirm whether they offer GAYE or an alternative Payroll Giving scheme.

Self-Assessment Tax Return

If you complete a Self-Assessment Return and are entitled to a repayment you can choose to have all or part of it sent directly to Merton. You can also ask that the repayment is made as a Gift Aid donation. HMRC will send your refund (plus any Gift Aid repayment where applicable) directly to your charity by electronic transfer. On your Self-Assessment Tax Return, you’ll need to enter Merton College's Registered Charity No. (1139022).