Become a Pioneer

bristol pioneers

If you give £1,000 or more in a single academic year (1 August - 31 July), you'll be recognised as a Bristol Pioneer. 

Pioneer gifts help the University transform ideas into reality quickly and efficiently, and make a crucial difference in elevating Bristol's teaching and research to the next level. 

Having your name listed as a Bristol Pioneer will inspire your peers to consider their giving and remind others of the importance of supporting higher education.

You can make a Pioneer gift by setting up a monthly, quarterly or annual direct debit, or by cheque, CAF voucher, credit card or a gift of shares. Your Pioneer membership is based on the academic year (1 August to 31 July).

If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can also take advantage of Gift Aid. The University is able to claim a further 25p for every £1 that you give, so a £1,000 gift would have a Pioneer value of £1,250 for the University. If you’re a higher rate tax payer and give £1,000, you could also reclaim a further £312 on your self-assessment tax return. You can find out more at the HM Revenue & Customs website.

For example:

Pioneer levelWhat your gift is worth if you are eligible for Gift AidNet cost to higher rate taxpayers (40%)Net cost to higher rate taxpayers (45%)
£1,000 £1,250 £750 £688
£5,000 £6,250 £3,750 £3,438
£25,000 £31,250 £18,750 £17,188

 Many companies operate a matching gift scheme that doubles the value of charitable gifts made by their employees. If you're eligible for this scheme, this gift can also form part of your Pioneer donation.

Thanking our Pioneers

The Vice-Chancellor personally thanks all our Bristol Pioneers. You will also receive additional updates about the University and, unless you ask to remain anonymous, will be highlighted in the University’s Annual Report, and our annual list of donors.

The Bristol Pioneers’ exclusive annual reception, held in London in October, offers you the chance to speak personally with members of our Senior Leadership team and hear from guest speakers including celebrated academics and alumni on the University, forthcoming changes in higher education policy, and the importance of philanthropic support to Bristol.

Cumulative giving

We recognise the cumulative generosity of those who have given to Bristol for many years by inviting donors to sign formal rolls of benefactors:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s List - £25,000+
  • Chancellor’s List - £100,000+
  • Roll of Benefactors - £500,000+

Our most generous donors will also be invited to meet key people at the University, and to stay in touch with project teams personally.

In addition, if you gave more than £100,000 during the Centenary Campaign, you’ll be recognised on a commemorative plaque in the Wills Memorial Building. You may also be honoured on additional plaques relevant to individual projects.