Leave a legacy 

By remembering us in your Will, you will not only be demonstrating your appreciation for what Downing has done for you but will be making a lasting difference and investing in the future of the College for many years to come.  

Downing has always relied on bequests from its alumni, Fellows, and friends. We owe our very foundation to a legacy and virtually every major building, scholarship, and facility in the College has been funded in some way through such gifts.

Your donation will help us to create the best possible learning environment for our students while also building a supportive College community rich in cultural, social and sporting activity.

"Six years at Downing was a big personal development for me. I'd like to encourage others to have such an experience, particularly those from less promising backgrounds."

John Roberts (1963)

How to make a gift

If you would like to remember Downing in your Will, please do contact us. We would be very happy to talk you through the process, discuss the terms of any bequest and to make sure that we fulfil your wishes.
Please call Susan Esden on 01223 334825 or email legacies@dow.cam.ac.uk

Downing is a registered charity, and as such gifts left to the College in your will can help reduce the amount of inheritance tax which might be payable on the value of the property and money that you leave behind. In the UK, by giving 10% of your estate to charity you can reduce your inheritance tax liability from 40% to 36%. Please note we recommend you seek professional advice for accurate inheritance tax calculations.

1749 Society

Anyone who lets us know that they have left a gift to Downing in their will is invited to join our 1749 Society.

Members are invited each summer, to a party in the Master’s Garden where we can thank you for your gift and keep you updated on College news. 

If you have included Downing in your will, please let us know and we will invite you to join the 1749 Society.