Working with individual donors

Key contacts

How we can help

Click an item in the list for a brief summary.

Accepting and processing gifts

  • It is very important that gifts are accepted using the right account codes and work orders, so that the full gift stays ringfenced to you and appears in University reports.
  • We can advise on this, and can ensure Gift Aid is claimed to increase the value of your gifts.
  • A Gift Agreement is needed for any gift over £5,000 – we can arrange this.
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  • We ‘steward’ (acknowledge and thank) all donors using personal letters and updates on how their giving helps.
  • We hold thank-you events, publish a donor magazine and e-newsletter and manage giving circles (clubs for regular major givers).
  • For larger donors, we work with Departments on a bespoke stewardship plan
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  • YuStart is the official University-supported crowdfunding platform for students and staff.
  • YuFund gives grants to projects run by students and staff, funded by gifts from alumni and friends.
  • Please get in touch to discuss your other fundraising needs.
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Scholarships and bursaries

  • There is a directory of all support available to students here: Finance – Scholarships and Bursaries.
  • We support you with management of scholarships and bursaries funded by donations.
  • Our support includes preparing agreements with both the donor and the student recipient, creating end-of-year reports and stewarding (thanking and acknowledging) the donor.
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Giving in a will

  • We can meet with and provide specialist advice to ‘planned givers’ (those who pledge a gift in their will).
  • Planned gifts of any size are valuable, and may form part of wider giving arrangements by the donor.
  • ‘Unrestricted’ gifts (which can be used for any purpose) are especially valuable.
  • Planned givers are members of the Heslington Circle and receive other exclusive benefits.
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Giving in memory or celebration

  • We have three tribute packages that create a lasting memorial to alumni and staff members.
  • We can advise on how best to remember a colleague or student and can facilitate staff and alumni’s giving toward this.
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What we do

We fundraise and offer specialist advice to Departments and Colleges.

We run regular telethons (‘YuCall’) and campaigns, raising money for one-off projects (YuFund and YuStart) and scholarships and bursaries.

We also facilitate giving in wills or in tribute/memorial.

A key part of our work with donors is ‘stewardship’ – acknowledging and thanking them for supporting the University.