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Thank you for visiting and considering donating to the University of St Andrews American Foundation, Inc.

We are very grateful to all our alumni and friends in the US who support the University of St Andrews.

Winter 2020 Appeal

Covid-19 continues to impact our lives in ways that we previously couldn’t have imagined. We have therefore launched our Winter Appeal so we can continue to overcome the challenges it brings by focusing on student support, engaging with the local community and reaching the areas of greatest need at the University.

“As we continue to adapt and work our way through the pandemic, our need has never been greater. Please – if you can – help us to come through this challenge by supporting one of our key areas of priority. Thank you.” Director of Development, Robert Fleming

Wardlaw Scholarships Fund: Help us to enable more students to access a St Andrews education.

Principals’ Strategic Response Fund: Support the University Community Fund and reach the University’s areas of greatest need.

St Andrews Can Do Fund: Help us to combat loneliness and promote good mental health.

Principal's Parent Appeal

"In normal years I would already have had the pleasure of meeting you in person … But this is not a normal year, and my message to you – wherever you are reading this – is to hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.” Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone

Many of you will also have received a letter from the Principal enclosing a message from fellow parents Michelle and Dee Baker.

If – like them – you are interested in supporting the Can Do spirit of St Andrews during this challenging time, then please follow this link to make a donation and to see the Principal’s letter in full. Thank you.

St Andrews Covid-19 Appeal

The world has changed beyond recognition during the past few weeks, and the daily life of the University of St Andrews community with it.

We have all had to make difficult decisions and take steps that would have been unthinkable until recently, which is why we are also launching a focused appeal to help our students, for research that will contribute to the defeat of Covid-19, and to reach areas of greatest need at this time.

You can help by supporting one of our two established funds:

Student Support Fund: Our immediate priority is to help both undergraduate and postgraduate students affected by this pandemic.

Principal’s Strategic Response Fund: Administered by the Principal’s Office, this fund supports two key areas:

  • Principal’s Strategic Response Fund: Our general fund for all other aspects of COVID-19 related impacts across the University; from research to training, to student experience and day to day operations of the University.
  • University Community Fund: to engage with and support our local community, to listen to ideas, adapt to local needs, and provide financial support to deliver tangible benefits for the wider

Would you like to support one of our SaintsFunder student projects by donating through the University of St Andrews American Foundation? You can support one of the current projects here.

  • St Andrews Can Do: in support of students staying in St Andrews over the festive period and those affected by current economic climate
  • By the Seaside: in support of MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies online exhibition which focuses on the role the sea plays in mental and physical well-being.
  • Class Gift 2021: students voted overwhelmingly for the Student Support Fund to help students who are in immediate financial need
  • Volunteer Zambia (Sport): in support of Saints Sport funding their volunteer programme
  • Volunteer South Africa (Sport): in support of Saints Sport funding their volunteer programme
  • St Andrews Negotiation Summit: in support of the mediation and negotiation conference

SaintsFunder is our dedicated crowdfunding platform. Available to students, staff, academics, schools, service units and alumni to enable them to fundraise for projects, on behalf of the University community, they are passionate about. Please contact SaintsFunder@st-andrews.ac.uk if you wish to talk through any ideas. We’d love to hear from you!

Link newsletter

If you have an undergraduate studying with us and are registered as a member of our Family Programme, you should have received your first issue of Link for 2020-21. We hope that you enjoyed hearing about our current activities and projects. Visit here if you would like to make a donation, and if you are an alum, your gift will be matched under the Challenge Fund Initiative. Not registered yet? Please contacts us at develop@st-andrews.ac.uk and we’ll send you an application form!

Fundraising priorities

We are currently fundraising for several priority projects: Younger Hall; New College 'Madras'; undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships through the Wardlaw and Handsel schemes; and the University's General Endowment Fund which was established as part of our 600th Anniversary Campaign. Visit here to find out more. If you are an alum, your gift will be matched under the Challenge Fund Initiative.

Sport activity fundraising

Sports activities are a huge part of student life in St Andrews and we work towards developing not only the sports facilities, but supporting the sports clubs. You can support different aspects of sporting activity at the University, and as an alum your gift will be matched by the Challenge Fund Initiative. Find out more here.

Naming opportunities

There are several naming opportunities available that offer donors the chance to leave a lasting legacy in St Andrews. You can find more information about the current naming opportunities here, and if you are an alum, your gift will be matched by the Challenge Fund Initiative.

600th Anniversary Campaign

Thanks to your generosity, we have met our £100 Million target, almost doubled our endowment and built a legacy from which our current and future students, staff and members of the community will benefit. Thank you!

We do of course continue to need your support to augment our relatively small endowment and to raise funds for ambitious projects that will consolidate our status as a world-class centre for teaching, learning and research.

American Foundation Challenge Fund Initiative

The Challenge Fund Initiative was launched in 2017 to match donations from alumni to the University of St Andrews American Foundation, Inc. Find out here, how the value of your donation to the American Foundation can be increased.

Other fundraising projects

If you don't see the area that you would like to support on our giving pages, then please get in touch and let us know what you are looking for. We will be happy to discuss this with you.


Even if you are not in a position to make a gift, please visit our website at https://sparc.st-andrews.ac.uk/ to check that the contact information we hold is correct.

Data and Privacy Notice: Please be assured that information will be held and used in strict accordance with our Development Privacy Notice and any mailing and email preferences of which you have made us aware. Accordingly, based on your preferences, your information may be used to keep you up to date with news and developments at the University, including: University, alumni and supporter news; information about events and reunions; fundraising campaigns; and networking, career and volunteering opportunities. Further details of how we make use of your personal data and protect your privacy are available in our Development Privacy Notice: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/development/your-data-and-privacy/. A printed copy is also available on request.

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