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A Legacy for the future

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Make a lasting impact on generations of students and researchers to come.

How your Legacy helps

Legacy gifts have touched every aspect of life at Wolfson. With their help, we have:

  • supported students and researchers with multi-year funding packages
  • awarded academic prizes and organised skills programmes like WolfWorks
  • encouraged sporting excellence and diverse interest groups
  • invested in new strategic projects like our interdisciplinary research hubs
  • refurbished facilities to be more green and energy efficient

The College invests the legacy gifts it receives to generate more reliable income: this allows us to plan ahead, boosts our financial security, and helps us invest in our people today and for future generations.

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Leaving a Legacy

A legacy gift provides for the people and causes you care most about, and it is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give. Your family and loved ones come first but we hope that, once you have provided for them, you will also remember Wolfson in your will.

Pledging a legacy to Wolfson will cost you nothing today, but will leave a lasting impact on future generations of students and researchers. Anyone can leave a legacy, and any gift, large or small, will make a real difference to the College in its mission to be a force for good in society. 

A legacy left to Wolfson can reduce your UK inheritance tax liability, and as a Registered Charity your bequest to Wolfson will be tax-exempt. The College recognises and thanks all legators by inviting them to join The Morrison Society.

For more details on different types of legacy gifts and how we use them, please see our print-friendly online leaflet or contact us for a physical mailer.

Monika's Story

"The reason I pledged a legacy in my will is the fact that this is the best way for me to support Wolfson in a substantial way.

"The fact that I was able to enjoy the mix of intellectual challenges and relationships with a variety of characters and mentalities became the motivation and foundation of my career in International Development Finance, I owe it to my time in Wolfson!"

Monika Erlinghagen, Legacy Donor

Nicol's Story

"Getting accepted into Cambridge for my PhD fulfilled a life-long dream for me. But after my first year the financial costs of completing my degree were becoming untenable. I am so incredibly grateful for Mary Hesse's legacy gift, without it I would not have been able to continue my studies.

"With the fantastic support of this endowed award, not only am I able to remain at Wolfson – a place that has truly become my home – but I am also able to continue to follow my dream and complete my research in Young Adult Literature."

Nicol Hilton, PhD Education (2017)

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The Morrison Society

Named after the College’s visionary founding President, John Morrison, the Morrison Society was established in 2008 to celebrate the special way our legacy donors have chosen to give to Wolfson.

We are delighted to invite Society members to special College events, to show our appreciation during their lifetime for this important commitment. Members also have their names inscribed in a special commemorative book, should they wish to be acknowledged publicly.

More Information

Details about different types of legacy gifts and the College Endowment can be found in our online leaflet, or contact us for a physical mailer.

When you are ready to leave a legacy gift, we recommend you speak with your solicitor or professional advisor. You may wish to discuss our suggested wording here.

If you have included Wolfson in your Will, or are intending to pledge a gift, please let us know so we may honour your gift and plan for the College's future.

Although we are unable to offer financial or legal advice, we would be very pleased to talk to you about your intentions. All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. Contact us through the webform below, by email, or by phone at +44 (0)1223 335900.

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