Donating shares and non-cash assets

We welcome gifts of listed shares and securities which attract relief from Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax. Gifts of land or property made during a donor’s lifetime attract the same tax incentives as gifts of shares, and other forms of non-cash gift (such as works of art, books, manuscripts and equipment) may also be considered as gifts to Cambridge.

Please see below for an example of the tax benefits of donating shares. Any UK listed shares and securities can be donated. The extra advantage is that a donor can claim capital gains tax even after having used CGT relief elsewhere, as well as income tax relief.

To donate shares to the College please contact the Development Director on 01223 336197

The process of donating shares can take a few days as we need confirmation in writing from the donor and to our brokers, Charles Stanley, in order to make the shares transfer from the donor account to the College’s share account. Our normal practice is to sell shares upon transfer though we may retain them in exceptional circumstances- to enquire please contact the Development Director, as above.


Illustration of the tax benefits of donating shares


Value of shares

Amount of income tax relief you can claim

Cost to you

CGT relief you can claim (beyond annual exempt amount)

Value to Churchill

Basic rate taxpayer (20%)  £1,000           £200  £800   10% of capital gain  £1,000
Higher rate taxpayer (40%)  £1,000         £400  £600 20% of capital gain  £1,000
Additional rate taxpayer (45%)  £1,000         £450  £550  20% of capital gain  £1,00

For further information, please contact the Development Director

A donor's perspective