Upon its foundation, Henry VI granted King's an unusual level of independence from the University and from Church authorities, providing the College with an endowment which was subsequently augmented by Henry VIII and philanthropic giving over the ensuing centuries. This endowment has helped keep King’s independent of governmental and other pressures, and has propelled the College to a prominent position in the world of higher education.
Recent years have brought unprecedented changes to higher education funding in England. King’s has fared well compared to many colleges, but looking forward we must now urgently consider how to balance our income and expenditure. Our position requires new thinking about how we can continue to support extraordinary people and an inspiring place, to challenge ourselves to continue to foster innovation, and to collaborate with the University and with academic departments and research teams to achieve the greatest benefit for students, for the Fellowship and for the College.
We believe that the colleges and universities that will thrive in this new world of education funding will be those that keep their standards high and address the challenges of the 21st century. To meet those challenges, we now seek a new generation of benefactors to step into the shoes of our original royal founders and their many generous successors. We need new investment, fresh drive, and dynamic ideas to thrive. We invite all who think of the College as theirs – resident and non-resident members, those who live in Cambridge, those who share our values, and all who admire the Chapel and Choir – to join King’s and build it for the future.
How you can help
The participation of the broader King's community in philanthropic support is incredibly important for the College. Your donations have a direct impact on the College's desire to see that no student should have to forsake their studies, and that no prospective and qualified student should be discouraged from applying, for financial reasons.
In addition, the College seeks to support activities that enrich and define College life, including music, performance, art, and sport, as well as to protect and enhance the physical fabric of our buildings and spaces, including our world-famous Chapel.
Donations can be made in a variety of ways: as a one-off gift or regular donation; as a gift of shares, land, buildings or possessions; or as a bequest in a will. An increasing number of our donors also donate through the Give as You Earn scheme through their place of work, and as part of company gift-matching initiatives. For more details about the different ways you can donate, see here.
The Future Fund
You are of course welcome to specify that your donation be used for a particular purpose in which you have a special interest or personal investment. All other donations are routed to The Future Fund, which places no restrictions on the use of a donation and allows us to distribute the gift to the area of greatest need, be it student support, our access programme, the College's infrastructure, or the Chapel and Choir.
In this way, The Future Fund allows the Bursar and College the flexibility to both address any immediate need (particularly in areas that do not typically attract donations), but also the potential to invest these donations into the general endowment and boost the future income of the College in perpetuity.
You can support the Future Fund here, or see below for a range of specific funding opportunities.
Established to provide additional resources in support of the existing access and outreach efforts the College undertakes to encourage candidates to apply to King’s and the University of Cambridge.
The most famous and recognisable building in Cambridge, King's College Chapel is of national and international significance, and home to one of the world's most renowned and best-loved choirs.
Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. It is most famous for singing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service that the BBC has broadcast since 1928.
The buildings at King's are not only recognised around the world, but also provide an environment in which students can learn, live and engage with the opportunities presented by the College and the broader University.
Funding in this area helps maintain the supervision system, the great strength of the teaching system at Cambridge, whilst allowing academics of all levels to produce world-class research alongside their teaching commitments.
As well as preserving many rare book and manuscript treasures, the Library and Archive Centre serves the current needs of undergraduate, graduate and senior members of the College.
The Alan Turing Initiative at King's pays homage to this profound thinker, whose pioneering ideas changed our world and continue to hold significant potential for our future.