Ways to Give

Helping girls learn without limits has always been our lifeblood. As the UK’s largest educational charity and leaders in girls’ education for the past 150 years, we are uniquely positioned to be able to have a huge impact in addressing social mobility and empowering girls and women.

Each year we are fortunate enough to receive gifts from hundreds of members of our community – alumnae, parents, former parents, staff, former staff and friends. We recognise the financial demands individuals and families face, which is why we welcome any and all levels of giving – whatever is achievable for you. The key is taking part, so we can proudly share how many of our community have chosen to give and support the future of girls’ education.

You can donate online now to the GDST or one of our individual schools, but there are a number of ways to give to GDST schools which are listed below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7393 6898

Email: giving@wes.gdst.net

How to donate - your questions answered

  • Can I pay online?

    Yes.The easiest and most efficient way to give is online with your credit or debit card.

  • Can I pay by cheque?

    Yes. If you would like to donate by cheque, please make it payable to ‘The Girls’ Day School Trust’ and send it to Philanthropy Team, Girls’ Day School Trust, 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH, United Kingdom.

  • How can I pay by bank transfer?

    Yes. Donations may be made by bank transfer using the following details:
    Account Name: GDST Annual Fund
    Account Number: 84552549
    Sort Code: 60-04-04
    Reference: Please use the reference of your surname and school you are supporting e.g. ‘SMITHPUT’ for Putney or for gifts to the GDST ‘SMITHGDST’

  • Can I set up regular giving by Direct Debit?

    Yes. Regular gifts can be made by direct debit on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis and can either be set up online by selecting the school and project you wish to support and then selecting to make your donation by Direct Debit. Another option is to download our donation form, print and fill it out and return it to our postal address. A regular gift allows you to spread the cost of your donation over time and ensures the GDST can plan for the future.

  • Can I pay by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)?

    We accept gifts via CAF and also CAF vouchers which may be sent to our postal address – GDST Philanthropy Team, 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH.

  • Leaving a gift in your will

    Remembering the GDST in your will is one of the most personal and significant ways you can help our schools and support the future of the GDST. For more information about leaving a legacy, please visit ‘Leave a Gift in your Will’.

  • Gifts of shares, buildings or other assets?

    Gifting shares, buildings or other assets to the GDST can be particularly tax-effective. Donors who give in this way receive income tax relief on the full current market value of the asset and will also benefit from Capital Gains Tax savings. If you wish to explore this type of giving, you should first seek guidance from your own financial advisor before contacting the Philanthropy team.

  • Payroll and matched giving

    Payroll giving means you can give to charity directly from your pre-tax salary. Each £1 given will cost a basic taxpayer 80p and a higher rate (40%) taxpayer 60p. Some companies also offer a matching scheme, doubling charitable gifts made by their employees. To find out if your organisation offers these schemes, you should contact the HR department at your workplace.

  • International giving

    If you live outside the UK and pay taxes in your country of residence, you may be able to make your gift to the GDST more tax efficient through an organisation such as Transnational Giving Europe or the British Schools and Universities Foundation. For advice, please get in touch with the Philanthropy Team.

  • Gift Aid

    If you are a UK taxpayer and complete a Gift Aid declaration, we can reclaim an additional 25p in every £1, making your gift worth even more at no extra cost to you. Higher rate taxpayers can also claim additional relief on their charitable donations.

    You can complete a Gift Aid form online here or you may download and print out a donation form and return it to Philanthropy Team, Girls’ Day School Trust, 10 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DH, United Kingdom.

  • Can I donate my time?

    There are many ways you can support girls’ education, including by donating your time. You can become a mentor, offer to talk to students about your career or offer work experience placements. To sign up to mentor, please visit our Mentoring page. To offer your expertise to a school, please email them directly.


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