Your gift enables us to provide education in conservation and creative arts and preserve the rich heritage of West Dean.

We rely on donations, so your support will make a difference: whether you choose to help nurture the next generation of talented artists, makers and conservators studying at West Dean College or support the preservation of the house and award-winning gardens.

Make a single gift

We're working on making it easy for you to make a donation on our website using your debit or credit card but please bear with us while we make these developments.

Please telephone the Development team on 01243 818265 to make a gift over the telephone or for information on other ways to give. Your gift really will have an immediate impact on our work.

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, email or call the Development team on 01243 818265 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.

Please download and complete a Gift Aid declaration to increase the value of your gift here.

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 web site.

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

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us