Frequently asked questions

What's the Talbot Fund?

Named after the first Warden of Keble, Edward Talbot, the Talbot Fund was launched in 2002 with the objective of asking all Old Members to help shape the College’s future by making a regular, modest contribution to help support the College and its students. Now established as one of the strongest annual funds in the Collegiate University, the Talbot Fund attracts support from all generations of alumni, 28% of whom made a gift in 2016-17. With cash income now at £1 million+ per year the Talbot Fund is the equivalent of a £31 million endowment, hugely important for a College with an actual endowment of £38 million and in which the cost of an undergraduate education is roughly double what we receive from student fees.

How can I make a gift?

Click the ’Donate' button to make your gift which qualifies for the ‘Count me in! Challenge’. From there you will be able to follow instructions to make your gift online and leave a message. As the Challenge ends on 31 July we would be grateful if you can make your gift today!

Why does my gift matter to Keble?

It matters greatly because….

  • your support will provide immediate help for College and its students in the area you choose. If you don’t choose a specific designation Governing Body will allocate your gift to the area of greatest need.
  • your gift joins forces with those of other donors to maximise the funding available for all students.
  • your help underpins our work and we could not provide the level of support students individually and collectively receive, nor could we keep on top of the Butterfield restoration work without you
  • your gift today will also help us to realise an extra £150,000!
  • Can my gift go towards something at Keble that matters to me?

    Yes, when making a gift you can choose a particular area of College life such as Student Support, Community, Access & Outreach, Friends of Chapel, the Keble Association or towards the restoration of the Hall. If there's something specific that’s not listed above please email: talbot.fund@keble.ox.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help.

    How many noughts should my gift have?

    That's entirely up to you! For this year's Challenge, more important than size is frequency. If you can donate, say £20 or £50, please do ask yourself if you could do so even a year? This will 'max the match' and is worth an extra £250 to help Keble students this year

    What's the Talbot Society?

    The Talbot Society recognises and thanks regular donors for the important contribution they make to the life of the College. Regular giving is valuable in several ways; as a reliable income stream which helps College to plan ahead effectively whilst keeping administration and fundraising costs down. Members receive a special Talbot Society brick/pin and event invitations. Over 26% of all Keble alumni are current members of the Society. Just tick the 'Go Regular' box, when prompted on the donation form, to make an annual gift and we’d be delighted to welcome you too!