Over the years, gifts in Wills both large and small have helped the College, and generations of students, to flourish. The happy, successful and thriving College that Emmanuel is today is a living testimony to the commitment and generosity of past members and friends.

Film directed by Ross Harrison.*

Including the College in your Will

Leaving a gift to Emmanuel in your Will is a simple matter, though we suggest you consult your solicitor who can advise you. All you need to identify the college as a beneficiary is:

  • our formal name: 'The Master, Fellows and Scholars of Emmanuel College in the University of Cambridge'
  • our registered charity number: 1137456

We encourage you to take legal advice about the formulation of any Will, but we have included further information that may be useful if you are considering leaving a legacy gift to Emmanuel, including suggested wording, types of legacy gift, and examples of the associated tax benefits.

How your gift could help

Most gifts are left for general purposes, for investment with the income applied wherever it is most needed. Unrestricted gifts are particularly helpful as they enable us to be flexible as future needs and opportunities arise. But legacy gifts have also been made for specific purposes, supporting all aspects of College life including buildings, Fellowships, scholarships and bursaries, and hardship funds.

Whatever your wishes, you can be sure that our needs will not diminish, and nor will our gratitude for your commitment to supporting the future of the College.

The Frankland Society

All who pledge legacies to Emmanuel are invited to become members of the Frankland Society, named after our first legator, Joyce Frankland. Upon her death in 1587 she left Emmanuel £440, which the College used to buy the Hyde Farm Estate in Surrey. Her support enabled us to found fellowships and scholarships, and her legacy lives on in the College today.

Special events are arranged for members of the Society, as our way of saying thank you for supporting us in this way. If you’d like to be part of the Society, please complete and return a pledge form and we’ll add you as a member.

“As a Fellow of Emmanuel since 1970, I have seen how the college has reached out and transformed the lives of thousands of young men and women from increasingly diverse social and geographical backgrounds. For me personally, Emma has been a wonderfully supportive and stimulating environment in which to engage in teaching and research while helping to run the college as a vibrant, encompassing community. Both my wife, Sandra, and I have immensely enjoyed and benefited from my being at Emma: both of us are pleased to acknowledge this by including in our Wills legacies to support the college's objectives and endeavours in the years to come.” (Dr Alan Baker, Fellow)

*Sound design and original music by Upcycled Sounds, animation by Jenny Harrington and drone filming by Skyhook. Additional visuals thanks to Emmanuel College Archives, Emmanuel College Library and NASA.