Frequently asked questions

What is the RGS Worcester Giving Day?

It is an exciting 36-hour digital giving initiative in which we ask the entire School community of alumni, staff, parents, pupils and friends of RGS to come together to raise funds that will be used to provide additional means-tested Bursary Awards at the School.

With more than £60,000 available to match donations and unlock challenge funding, it is a truly unique occasion in the School’s calendar and your gift will go even further than usual.

It will be a transformational day of giving that is all about supporting young people in Worcestershire whose lives can be changed through the power of education.

RGS Worcester’s second-ever Giving Day will take place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 April 2024. We’re excited for you to join us and thank you in advance for your support!

What difference will my donation make?

Your gift today will enable even more talented and ambitious children from all backgrounds across Worcestershire to attend the RGS Worcester Family of Schools when their family’s financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them joining RGS.

Gifts of all sizes when pooled together can add up to a sizeable sum. This can then be used to make a significant difference by extending the number of additional Bursary Awards that are available at RGS for young people in our community. Having a large number of generous donors demonstrates the value that we all place on the transformative power of education.

How will my donation be used?

Every donation received for the Giving Day will be used to help fund additional Bursary Awards at the School. Bursary Awards are means-tested grants that are used to cover the costs of school fees.

Donations will be paid to The RGSW and AOS Foundation which is a registered charity (no 1170217). The Foundation exists to raise funds to support RGS and its pupils. The Foundation’s Trustees will pass all funds raised through the Giving Day to the School to support additional bursary places. The funds raised in 2023 are already being used to support nine pupils who joined in September 2023.

How can I make my gift?

Online: through our RGS Worcester Giving Day platform (the site you’re currently on)

By post: Cheques made payable to 'The RGSW and AOS Foundation' can be sent to The Foundation Office, RGS Worcester, Upper Tything, Worcester, WR1 1HP. The closing date for cheques to be received is 30 April 2024.

Before the day:

If you would like to make an early gift to the RGS Worcester Giving Day, the best way to do this is online. Early giving builds momentum and is a great way to help inspire the pupils and help the Giving Day to achieve its targets.

If you cannot give online, you can still give early by post (see above).

Can I make a recurring gift on Giving Day?

Yes, this year the Giving Day website lets you set up recurring gifts using your payment card. You can choose the frequency from monthly, quarterly or annually. You can choose one of the pre-set amounts or enter an amount of your choice.

Is my payment secure?

Yes. All payments through the RGS Worcester Giving Day website will be securely processed by a secure, off-site payment processor called Stripe www.stripe.com/gb/privacy 

All donations will receive an email receipt and will be recognised on the Giving Day Donor Wall.

Why is my payment not going through?

We’re sorry that you’re having difficulty making your gift. Common errors include: incorrect card details; postcode is incorrect; or postcode doesn’t match the address linked to your card.

Please double-check the above before you contact us.

If you continue to have problems making your gift please email us at foundation@rgsw.org.uk. You can also call us during office hours on +44 (0)1905 613391.

Is there a minimum donation?

The minimum online gift amount is £5.

Can I claim Gift Aid on this donation?

Yes! If you are a UK taxpayer and have paid as much Income Tax and/or Capital Gains tax as the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of your donations in that tax year, The RGSW and AOS Foundation can reclaim the basic tax rate (25%) on your gift, with no extra cost to you. So, for example, your donation of £100 will be worth £125.

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can also benefit by obtaining relief for the donation on your tax return.

Can I include a gift in my Will to support RGS?

Yes! You can support the School by including a gift in your Will. Many alumni have already done this and the Foundation Office can provide you will all of the information you need. Please contact Scott MacDonald, Foundation Director, on 01905 613391 who will be able to assist you.

My question hasn’t been answered. How can I get in touch?

Feel free to get in touch with Scott MacDonald by email at foundation@rgsw.org.uk or call +44 (0)1905 613391.

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