Benefactors' garden party

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Make a single gift today here, or a regular gift here.

Worcester College has a long tradition of philanthropic support dating back to its founding in 1714, and the support of Old Members and friends is needed just as much today as it was 300 years ago. 

Thanks to the success of the recent Tercentenary Campaign and its generous supporters, Worcester has increased the size of its endowment from a perilously low position of £15m (the second lowest in the University) to £51m. Although a huge achievement, our endowment must be considered in the context of other Oxford colleges who share our goals of delivering a world-class education and impactful research; the colleges with the ten largest endowments each have in excess of around £200m. In short, our much-improved endowment position does not yet make us financially secure. We are very grateful for the incredible support which helped raise £5.5m in our Covid Emergency Appeal. Thanks to you, the college has emerged from the pandemic in a strong postion and did not need to make any compulsory redundancies. We have never been more grateful for your support.     

Now we're able to step forward and, working together, create a college which is fit for the 21st century. Every gift can and does make a difference to the college. Traditionally Worcester has received incredibly generous gifts from Old Members which make up (on average) 25% of our annual income. However, small regular gifts are just as important, and from a large group of people can add up to a significant amount and help us to build a culture of giving. As custodians of this great college, we have a duty of care to secure its future. Your support can help us to do this. Making a gift today is easy – click here to donate now. 

Make a gift

Making a regular gift is easy:

  • Follow the link to our Donor Debit donation page by clicking here.
  • If you want to make a donation by credit or debit card, you can do this via the University of Oxford.
  • If you are based in the USA, you can make your donation tax-efficiently online via Americans for Oxford.
  • You can also complete a donation form, available to download to the right of this page and return it to us at development@worc.ox.ac.uk if that’s easier. 

The Worcester Fund

The Worcester Fund supports projects and initiatives that enhance the experience of our students, academics, and staff. Every gift to the Fund makes a difference to our students today and is a valuable part of a great tradition of philanthropy at Worcester which stretches back centuries.

Unrestricted donations give the College the most flexibility to respond appropriately to the areas of greatest need however, you can direct your gift to an area that is of particular interest to you.

Areas of support you can direct your gift to within the Worcester Fund include:

  • Bursaries;
  • Outreach and Access;
  • Student Hardship;
  • Student Welfare;
  • Buildings Gardens and Grounds

If you’re donating online, please forward the email confirmation you receive to development@worc.ox.ac.uk and let us know which fund this gift is to support - otherwise we will allocate it to the Worcester Fund as an unrestricted gift. If you’d like to support an area not listed, please contact the Development Office on development@worc.ox.ac.uk, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Fellows' Garden Refurbishment

In 2021, College completed major essential maintenance to bring The Terrace back to a safe and legally compliant state. Throughout this project, the area of the College known as The Fellows’ Garden was used as an access passage and became badly damaged in the process. College has kept some of the refurbishment budget aside to make good the damage, but with a little bit of additional funding, we believe that we have an opportunity to really rejuvenate this area, making it much more attractive and more strategically useful than it has ever been.

Its primary purpose is as a wonderful outside space for our Fellows to enjoy and mix together as part of our vibrant academic community, but we also host Old Member events here and would like to extend this to accommodate our Honorary Fellow events. There is also the possibility of making this space available for income-generating activities such as weddings and other conferences, which would benefit the College enormously.

As custodians of this wonderful place we have a duty to invest in our historic fabric, and we are now seeking to raise £35,000 to support our efforts. Can you help by making a donation today? Click here to watch an appeal by our Head Gardener, Simon Bagnall.

Graduate Scholarships

Outside of the Worcester Fund, Graduate Scholarships in particular are a priority at the moment and there are several matched fund schemes available where College has partnered with the University to increase the value of your donation in this area. Please email development@worc.ox.ac.uk to find out more.