Why we need you

Downside is and always has been so much more than just a place of education. It has a unique and almost unrivalled network of followers who demonstrate an extraordinary degree of loyalty.

Thanks to them and the support of other Trusts and Foundations we have been able to raise substantial sums over the last few years. 

Fundraising Strategy

Short and Medium Term

The restoration and refurbishment of our historic buildings costs millions. These projects are only made possible by the philanthropic support of generous benefactors in a position to give something back for future generations.

Long Term

Legacies are our long term strategy and in recent years major capital projects have sometimes been made possible by the timely arrival of a legacy. Low interest rates coupled with longer retirement mean that donating a large capital sum is simply not practical during your lifetime, even though you would like to be a benefactor.

Downside is a registered charity and therefore any bequests are exempt from any inheritance tax liability. In these uncertain times, you may like to consider leaving a percentage of your residual estate once other bequests have been met assured in the knowledge that the Chancellor won’t be one of your beneficiaries.

If you have any questions about how to donate, please feel free to contact us:

Mrs Jane Vines
Director of External Communications
Email: jvines@downside.co.uk
Tel: +44(0)1761 235158