Make a Gift

Thank you for considering a gift to Bedford School.

You can make a donation to one of our three current major projects, to your particular area of interest, or give an unrestricted donation where we will allocate it to the area in most need. Click on the options below to find out more about way that you can donate. If you have any questions, would like to find out more about our projects or would like to discuss a donation, please do get in touch.

Making a single gift (UK)

We welcome all single gifts, which may be given in a number of ways. Please remember to sign the Gift Aid declaration to make your gift worth more to us, at no extra cost to you (there is more information on Gift Aid at the bottom of this page).

By cheque

Please print out, complete and return this form to us, enclosing your cheque payable to Bedford School Foundation.

By electronic bank transfer

Please print out, complete and return this form to us, and transfer your donation using your internet banking to:

  • Account name: Bedford School Foundation
  • Account number: 92164639
  • Sort Code: 40-10-02
  • IBAN: GB12MIDL40100292164639
  • Reference: your name

Making a regular gift (UK)

For those wishing to give a larger gift, making smaller regular payments can be an affordable way to support the School. Those giving a total of £1,000 or more, including tax claimed by the Foundation through Gift Aid, will be eligible for Membership of the Foundation.

Through Standing Order

Please print out, complete and return this form to us.

Making a gift from the USA

Tax deductible contributions can be made to The British School and Universities Foundation (BSUF). Grants are made by the BSUF at its sole discretion as required by the IRS, but donors' expressions of preference are respected (contributions made directly to an offshore charity do not qualify for a tax deduction under the IRS).

Therefore, when transmitting your donation, please express your preference for Bedford School Foundation using this form, but not on your cheque, which should be made payable to The British Schools and Universities Foundation.

Please send your completed form and cheque to The British Schools and Universities Foundation. If your employer has a Matching Gift program, they can provide you with a form which you can complete and enclose also.

The British Schools and Universities Foundation
575 Madison Avenue
Suite 1006
New York

If you are a UK taxpayer living in the USA, and you have a UK bank account, please make your donation as for UK residents and Taxpayers. Please email the Foundation if you would like an Overseas Business Reply envelope.

Making a gift from Canada

The Canadian Friends of Bedford School (CFBS) has a bank account with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in White Rock, BC. Please make your gift by cheque.

Please print out, fill in and post this form, along with your cheque made payable to The Canadian Friends of Bedford School, to the Treasurer:

The Treasurer, Mr Robin Harper
Canadian Friends of Bedford School
14250 26th Avenue
White Rock
BC V4P 2G7

A gift receipt that complies with the CRA requirements for tax exemption will be sent for each donation. If you have any queries, the Treasurer can be contacted on

Making a gift from the rest of the world

Unfortunately there are no tax deductions or relief available to donor who pay taxes in countries other than the UK, USA and Canada. Nevertheless, you can make a donation by sending us a cheque made payable to Bedford School Foundation, or get in touch with us to discuss how else you can donate.

Leaving a Legacy

We deeply appreciate gifts by bequest and those who intend to remember the School in their Will are automatically welcomed as

a Member of the 1552 Club; our opportunity to acknowledge and thank you. Legacies are exempt from inheritance tax, and can offer the opportunity to give a gift at no cost to you during your lifetime, without affecting your ability to take care of your loved ones.

Click here to find out more about leaving a legacy

Name a Seat at the New Theatre

Bedford School Foundation is delighted to offer the opportunity to be part of the theatre by naming a seat, and have extended the deadline for submitting the donation form. Your donation to the project will be acknowledged by the name(s) of your choice being inscribed on a seat plaque in the new auditorium.

Naming a seat for a family member will be a wonderful way to give a lasting gift. And it is fantastic to know that I am also supporting the performing arts both at the School and for the town

- James Godber, Current Parent and Old Bedfordian (82-87)

Naming a seat makes the perfect birthday, anniversary or wedding gift. It is a unique and personal way to mark a special occasion, remember a loved one, or celebrate someone dear. Colleagues, relatives or friends could club together to recognise someone special or record an individual’s association with the School. 

Plaques can be engraved with the name(s) only, or prefixed by 'Donated by', 'A gift for' or 'In memory of', for a maximum of two people, or a family name, e.g. 'The Smith Family'.

Click the link below to download the form to make a donation for your seat, and for more information.


Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a scheme used by charities and donors to reclaim tax on charitable donations. Through the Gift Aid scheme, if you are a UK taxpayer, Bedford School Foundation is able to claim an extra 25p per £1 donated - at no additional cost to you. Please make sure you make a Gift Aid Declaration when making your donation.

Use the calculator below to work out how much your donation will be worth to Bedford School Foundation.

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim further tax relief when making your tax assessment. You can reclaim the difference between the basic rate of 20% and the higher rate of either 40% or 45% (depending on whether you are a 40% or 45% higher rate taxpayer, respectively). The table below shows this.

You Your Gift Cost to You Bedford School Foundation Receives
A UK basic rate taxpayer, making a Gift Aid Declaration £1,000 £1,000 £1,250
A UK 40% higher rate taxpayer, making a Gift Aid Declaration £1,000 £750 £1,250
A UK 45% higher rate taxpayer, making a Gift Aid Declaration £1,000 £687.50 £1,250
In the UK, not paying tax or not making a Gift Aid Declaration £1,000 £1,000 £1,000
Outside the UK* £1,000 £1,000 £1,000

*Donors from America or Canada can make tax-deductible contributions. Find more information above.