Through a gift you will help us to continue to provide education in conservation and creative arts and craft, preserving the rich heritage of West Dean.
As a charity we rely on donations, so no matter what size, your support will make a difference. You can choose to help nurture the next generation of talented artists, makers and conservators studying at West Dean College through a gift to The Edward James Foundation Scholarship and Bursary Fund or support the preservation of the Victorian glasshouses in our award-winning gardens.
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.