March 20th, 2017
Firstly we would like to thank you for your generosity to the University of Birmingham USA Foundation. Whether funding scholarships for our most deserving of students or a prostate cancer research trial, this support has changed lives. We are writing to you now to let you know of a change to the way the University receives charitable gifts from our supporters in the United States in future. You may have already seen some information in our recent Old Joe USA e-newsletter.
Gifts to support the University will now be made to the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF), rather than the University of Birmingham USA Foundation. BSUF is a non-profit, tax-exempt foundation run by volunteers to promote active support of the fundraising efforts of UK Schools and Universities by their alumni. The economies of scale mean that they do not have to charge any levy to cover operating costs, and so 100% of the gifts received can be granted to the relevant University. This means that charitable donations from our supporters in the USA can now go further than ever before.
More information is available on our website at www.birmingham.ac.uk/USgiving.
We are extremely grateful for the work of the many volunteers involved in the University of Birmingham USA Foundation over the last twenty years, enabling philanthropic support to the University of more than $4 million. They have given a great deal of expertise, time and energy to developing the University's activities and will continue to do so through the USA Alumni Society and Ambassador scheme. You can find more information at www.birmingham.ac.uk/USalumni.
Thank you again for your generosity and we hope that this change to the way future gifts are handled will mean your support can have even more impact.