Information for Donors
Donor information on tax efficient giving

Donations to the British Friends are deductible against UK tax whether or not the donor is a British national providing that person pays UK taxes under the Gift Aid Scheme. The only requirement is that that donor pays sufficient UK tax, either income tax or capital gains tax, to cover the tax on all his or her donations to UK charities under that Scheme and that the donor gives the appropriate certificate if using the Gift Aid Scheme. Dual UK/US tax payers can receive a double deduction if they channel their donation through the Charities Aid Foundation American Donor Fund. As a British registered charity, the British Friends can also accept donations from other charities.  Please note that only personal donations are eligible for gift aid treatment, donations from companies are not.

The English Charity Commissioners have agreed that UK residents paying UK tax can make gifts for the benefit of Harvard Business School through the British Friends for appropriate educational purposes and claim UK tax relief on their donations. UK taxpayers wishing to donate to the School will considerably enhance their donations by making them through the British Friends.

All donations to the British Friends Scholarship Fund will count towards section and class reunion fundraising and annual lists of donations at HBS whether donations stay with the Scholarship Fund or are transferred to HBS for appropriate educational purposes.

The chart below illustrates the tax efficiency of giving through the British Friends for a UK tax payer:

  Donor gives to charity Net benefit to charity Tax gain to charity Tax benefit to donor Tax gain Net cost to donor
Without tax relief  £1,000  £1,000  £NIL  £NIL  £NIL  £1,000
40% tax payer with tax relief  £1,000  £1,250  £250  £250  £500  £750
45% taxpayer with tax relief  £1,000  £1,250  £250  £312  £562  £688

Where an individual who is paying tax at 40% makes a donation of £1,000, the British Friends reclaims tax from HM Revenue & Customs of £250 so that the charity receives £1,250; £1,000 from the donor and £250 from the Revenue. In addition, the donor can currently obtain tax relief on his/her self assessment of £250 (20% of £1,250), reducing the net cost to £750.

For a 45% taxpayer, the grossed up equivalent of a net payment of £1,000 remains at £1,250, but his or her tax relief increases to £312 (25% of £1,250), reducing the net cost to £688. The charity can continue to claim £250.

Major Donations
(£10,000 or Over)

G Alliberti (MBA 88)
P A B Beecroft (MBA 76)
K Bingham (MBA 91)
Sir Ronald Cohen (MBA 69)
V Colao (MBA 90)
J Donnelly (MBA 92)
D D M Dutton (MBA 69)
M Halusa (MBA 79)
S Harper (MBA 84)
J Hepburn (MBA 74)
Sir Michael & Lady Hintze (MBA 82)
Sir Christopher Hogg (MBA 62)
Charles Ind (MBA 82)
Y Paternot (MBA 71)
B Saven (MBA 76)
B Schroder (MBA 60)
Sir Martin Sorrell (MBA 68)
I Stoyanov (MBA 04)
Colin Taylor (MBA 90)
Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE (MBA 61)
E Voli (MBA 90)