Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make a gift if I live outside of the UK?
Stonyhurst is sometimes perceived to be a rich school. However, the truth is that without the generosity of parents, OS and others connected with Stonyhurst it would not have survived and prospered for over 400 years. In 2009, the Jesuit Province transferred the buildings along with an Endowment to Stonyhurst. This means the Jesuit Province no longer has financial responsibility for Stonyhurst. We are now wholly responsible for the upkeep of both the College and St Mary's Hall.
By donating to Stonyhurst you are helping its future by enabling us to provide more Bursaries to deserving pupils, to develop our magnificent Grade 1* listed buildings and to update our facilities.
Stonyhurst has a fine history of giving and we are very grateful to all those who support us. Stonyhurst respects the wishes of those who would like their gifts to remain confidential, but in other cases we would like to acknowledge people’s generosity during their lifetime.
Donors are thanked and acknowledged in a Stewardship Report and in The Book of Names, on display in the More Library, as a permanent record of their kindness and generosity. In some cases, donors will receive invitations to various events with the Headmaster and Governors.
For those who have informed us of their intention to remember Stonyhurst in their Will, we would like to grant them membership of The Thomas Weld Society as a mark of gratitude and in recognition of their commitment to the future of Stonyhurst.
If you have a special gift in mind, we are very pleased to discuss naming opportunities, that would allow a benefactor, close friend or relative, to be remembered in perpetuity. Stonyhurst has a long tradition of naming: buildings, rooms, sports facilities, scholarships and bursaries, are just some of the many possibilities. Please speak to the Development Director for more information.
This year's Annual Fund has five specific areas to support: Bursaries, cricket equipment, College Chapel Organ, Heritage & Collections and wherever Stonyhurst needs it most. In the latter case Stonyhurst will allocate the gift to the area most in need of extra assistance.
You may also stipulate how you would like your gift to be used; for further information please speak to the Development Director.
Leaving Stonyhurst a gift in your Will is one of the most effective ways in which to support us. Whether as a mark of affection or an act of gratitude, as a personal memorial or as a desire to play a part in the continuing success of the oldest Jesuit school in the world, it is an act of generosity that will live on after you and help secure the future of Stonyhurst for generations to come.
A gift in your Will is one of the most tax-effective ways of supporting Stonyhurst. Whether in the form of a specified sum of money, a particular asset, or a proportion of the remainder of your estate, your gift will be free of UK Inheritance Tax.
If you are thinking about including a gift in your Will, or would like to discuss it, or if you have already made this special commitment, please ensure the Development Office is aware of your intentions.
Stonyhurst is a registered UK charity and can claim back the tax paid on donations made by UK taxpayers, through the HMRC Gift Aid. If you are a UK taxpayer Stonyhurst could claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate at no additional cost to yourself. In order for your gift to qualify for Gift Aid you will need to be a UK tax payer and pay at least a sum of UK income or capital gains tax equal to that which we will claim back on your donation.
If you are a higher rate taxpayer, either at 40% or 50%, you can also claim the difference between the basic rate of tax that the Stonyhurst reclaims and the highest rate of tax you pay on your Self Assessment form.
If you are a non-UK resident you can make a gift by bank transfer or credit card payment; to do this please contact the Development Office.
If you live in the US and would like to make a tax deductable donation to Stonyhurst, you do this by forwarding your donation to the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF). BSUF is a well established Foundation which was formed to allow US residents to make tax deductable donations to UK educational institutions.