Thank you for considering making a donation to The Guildford Institute. It is easy to donate using the form below.

As an educational charity, our aim is to provide a social and cultural hub that is accessible to the whole community.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who have generously contributed before. These donations have succeeded in enabling us to install a lift and accessible toilet as well as making enormous improvements to our Grade II listed building and facilities.

Why we need your help

Our historic building has stood in Ward Street since 1880 and requires regular maintenance. Over the coming year, a key focus will be beginning to address significant issues that we’re currently experiencing with damp in our building, which have been highlighted by a recent damp survey. We also hope to continue to improve our facilities by installing modern features such as ceiling-mounted projectors.

Donations also support our activity programme, including the large number of free events that we run, such as our popular Wednesday talk programme, Young Musicians’ recitals and social events.

Your gift will make a real difference to The Guildford Institute and the local community.

Make a difference by leaving a legacy

Leaving a charitable legacy (once your family and friends have been considered) is a generous and altruistic thing to do. Your gift to The Guildford Institute will have a long-lasting impact and will be a fitting tribute, ensuring that you are remembered at The Guildford Institute for years to come.

How to leave a legacy

It is very straightforward to include a legacy in your will, usually just requiring a single paragraph.
If you have already made a will, but would like to leave a gift to The Guildford Institute, you can do so by making an addition – a codicil – to your existing will.
Whether you are drafting a will for the first time or updating an existing will, you will need to decide what type of gift you would like to leave to The Guildford Institute.

  • A residuary gift is where you leave a share or the whole of whatever is left in your estate after all other payments and legacies have been made.
  • A cash (or pecuniary) gift is where you make a gift of a fixed amount of money to The Guildford Institute.
  • A specific gift is where you leave a particular asset to The Guildford Institute such as property, shares or personal possessions.

Legacies to charities, such as The Guildford Institute, are exempt from inheritance tax, so all your gift will go directly to The Institute and the beneficiaries of your estate may also be eligible for a reduction in inheritance tax.

If you would like to discuss legacy options further, in strictest confidence, please contact:

Amy Rice, Institute Manager