Donate to the University

Make a donation to Essex

Your generous support makes a huge difference 

Thank you for supporting our University. From educating the next generation of talent to pioneering research, state-of-the-art facilities and campus activities, your support can have a big impact on our community.

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Make a donation online

Every penny you donate to Essex will go directly to the cause you choose. If you would like to make an online donation to the university, please complete our form and choose whether you wish to make a one-time or a recurring gift.

Other ways to give to Essex

By post

You can give by post by sending a cheque payable to 'University of Essex' to:

Lynsey Dawson
Head of Philanthropy
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Please let us know where you would like your support to be directed when donating.

Over the phone

Call us on 01206 872700 to make a donation over the phone. We can discuss where you would like your support to be directed, set up a one-off or recurring gift and explore the tax efficient options available to you.

Leaving a gift in your will

Remembering Essex in your will is a straightforward process. Any gift simply needs to be included in your will or attached to an existing will as a codicil. You can leave money or assets like books, property, shares or works of art to the University – or even a proportion of your estate.

The University is an exempt charity, which means leaving us a gift in your will is entirely free of tax, including Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Also, if you decide to leave more than 10% of your estate to charity, there will be less tax to pay on any non-charitable bequests.

To let us guide you through this process, please email

Donating from overseas

US-based donors

The University of Essex is a member of the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF), a non-profit educational, scientific and literary foundation supporting school and university fundraising in the British Commonwealth through tax-effective giving in the US.

It is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation managed by volunteers. Contributions are deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are deductible for Federal estate and gift tax purposes. Find out more, and donate to Essex at the BSUF website.

Hong Kong-based donors

 Donate via our partner, Hong Kong Foundation for Charities. 

Through payroll (Essex staff)

You can sign-up or amend a donation from your monthly pay via the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The donation comes out pre-tax, so is a really efficient way for you to donate.

Get in touch
Philanthropy at Essex