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Gift acceptance policy

The University of Manchester is committed to acting in an ethical and responsible way. But this doesn’t just affect our students, staff and research. It goes for our fundraising too.

As one of the leading universities in the world, we have a responsibility to those around us. This includes the people who study and work here, the businesses we partner with and the communities in which we operate.

We have a global reputation for excellence, contributing positively to the wider world. It is for this reason that we do not take donations from sources that conflict with our guiding principles and values.

We also have an obligation to act responsibly for the sake of our previous and current donors who have, through their support, linked themselves with the University’s values and reputation.

Gift Oversight Group

The Gift Oversight Group (GOG) was set up to make sure that gifts that are solicited and accepted by the University are consistent with our guiding principles and values.

All single or cumulative gifts of £100,000 or more are taken to the Group for consideration (though the Group reserves the right to consider any gift to the University regardless of size).

The Group meets regularly to preview planned gift discussions, assess whether they adhere to the University’s core principles and values, and consider any potential ethical or reputational risk to the University that could arise from accepting a donation.

Please see our gift acceptance policy for further details.