Legacies & Planned Giving

Legacies and planned gifts are a unique and special way to support the College and have been transformative for Somerville since its founding.

Somerville Will Power, our legacy society has been founded to honour and celebrate those extraordinary people who have decided to support the College in this way.

In supporting Somerville through your will, you have the opportunity to leave your footprint on the College by establishing scholarships, student bursaries, research funds or you can give valuable support to the general endowment, the library or other areas of interest.

Many legators are currently considering percentage wills to protect the interests of family and friends as well as ensuring that they can still make a gift to Somerville. Giving a gift to Somerville can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax payable by your estate.

If you are contemplating a major change in your current will, or if you are about to have a will drafted, a gift to Somerville College can be easily included. We have prepared suggested wording, which will assist you in discussions with your lawyer. Please contact the Development Office if you would like to receive this. If you already have a will, but are contemplating a bequest to Somerville College, the addition of a codicil should be discussed with your lawyer.

If you have decided to leave a bequest to Somerville, it would be helpful to know that you have done so by writing to the Principal, Baroness Jan Royall, or by returning a legacy pledge form. We would very much value the opportunity to thank you and discuss how you gift can be best used. Any pledge you make is not legally binding but it will help us plan for the future. Please be assured that the information you supply will be treated with the strictest confidence.

For a confidential conversation about legacies or planned gifts please contact Brett de Gaynesford