Donating to the Club

For many years, alumni have supplemented residents’ subscriptions to help run the Club and the Clubhouse in Cambridge; historically this has contributed about £25k p.a. In May 2020, we started a quiet campaign to increase this, as the Clubhouse needed investment, and the pandemic threatened core income streams. Currently, we are up to £63k p.a., which is a great improvement. We continue to ask those who have never / have not recently, to set up / update their donation. As a guide, we are asking for £10 a month, or more, if you can. We are targeting a recurring donation fund of £100k p.a. by the start of the next academic year. This will allow us to run a thriving Clubhouse, provide additional services and give our members a place to celebrate Varsity sport, without reliance on event income generated by the residents (which is great when we have it, but uncertain). Please help us get to our £100k p.a. goal. Many thanks in anticipation.

In 2020, working with the Trustees of the Hawks’ Charitable Trust, we identified that the objects of the Trust include the ability to support the Club (as well as giving awards to students). Raising donations through the Trust has the added benefit of Gift Aid. If you are a present donor and UK taxpayer, please update your donation below so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation at no cost to you, if you haven’t done so already.

Please see the letter below from Ian Hodgson, Chairman of the London Dinner Committee, and video from Mike Phillips (President 2018-20) on why you should donate.

Donating to the Trust

The Hawks’ Trust, enabled by its endowment of £900k, has been granting individual sports awards to men and women playing Varsity sport and beyond in Cambridge since 1996. Annual awards of £30k are spread across over 200 students and make a significant contribution to sport at Cambridge. Many athletes would not be able to compete at the same level without such awards.
With a bigger endowment, in addition to expanding the current range of support to individuals, the Trustees would wish in the future to:
  • Make occasional much larger individual Awards (where, for example, major international potential can be identified)
  • Support clubs or teams on a general basis
  • Consider supporting the establishment or development of sporting facilities


We note that the Committee and Trustees of the Hawks’ Club, the Directors of the Hawks’ Company Ltd, and Trustees of the Hawks’ Charitable Trust are all volunteers (no donations go on salaries).

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