Ways to give

Whether you choose to support the College or the inspirational grounds in which it sits, your gift helps us inspire more people to learn about and appreciate the creative arts and conservation.

We receive no government funding to deliver our work and so we rely on your support to help us deliver our charitable objectives. No matter what size your gift, it will make a difference.

There are many ways you can support our work. Find out how you can help the next generation of talented artists, makers and conservators with a scholarship or bursary or how you can preserve and protect these wonderful gardens and their historic features.

Make a regular gift

Regular gifts help us to plan ahead and carry out longer-term projects. If you would like to set up a direct debit and make a lasting impact on our work, please download a direct debit form here. Alternatively, please email or call the Student Funding & Outreach Team on 01243 818300 (option 5) to discuss your plans.

Make your gift tax efficient

Gift aid

You can use Gift Aid to boost the value of your donation to us by 25p for every £1 that you give. Gift Aid allows us to recover the basic rate income tax paid on any gift. You qualify for this so long as you are a UK taxpayer and have paid UK Income or Capital Gains Tax to at least the same value as all of your charitable donations for the same tax year.

If you pay tax at a rate of 40% or above, you can also claim the difference between the higher and basic rate on your donation through your Self-Assessment tax return.

Download a Gift Aid declaration to increase the value of your gift.

Stocks and shares

If you make a donation of quoted shares, this can give you a double tax-benefit so it may be more cost-effective than making a cash gift. You can set the full value of your gift against your liability for income tax in the tax year that the gift is made. You are also exempt from capital gains tax on the disposal of the shares. You can read more about this on the HM Revenue and Customs website.

To make a donation of shares to support the work of West Dean College, we recommend that you use ShareGift, making sure to mention that you are a supporter of the Edward James Foundation. ShareGift is a charity specialising in accepting smaller numbers of shares, and they make donations to different charities based on donor suggestion. For more information you can contact ShareGift on 020 7930 3737 or through the ShareGift website.

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Help preserve our future

We are part of a registered charity and rely on the support of generous donors, members and legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation, design and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how to support us