Frequently asked questions

What is a Giving Day?

A Giving Day is an opportunity for those associated with The Portsmouth Grammar School all over the world, to unite to make a lasting difference to the lives of our students.

During this 36 hour online fundraising challenge, on 7-8 March 2023, we are aiming to raise as much as possible to increase our means-tested bursary provision as well as impact on the educational and co-curricular experience of our current pupils

What difference will my donation make?

Your gift today will enable students from all backgrounds to come to The Portsmouth Grammar School and make the most of their time here irrespective of their financial circumstances.

All gifts, whatever size they may be, add up. Having a large number of donors encourages others to support us too. So whatever you can give, you can be sure that your contribution is effective and greatly appreciated

Why is a Giving Day different to any other day?

Gifts made during this period will go even further than usual. Thanks to a very generous OP donor, the first £120,000 donated will be matched pound for pound. There are also special donor challenges that will unlock additional funds from our donor once we achieve particular goals. Take a look at the Challenges page to see if your gift is eligible to unlock a further £30,000 and help us reach the total of £150,000.

NB: For tax purposes, donors who participate in the giving challenges will be credited for their individual contribution only.

How can I make my gift?

We want to make it easy for you to participate in our Giving Day, and gifts can be given a variety of ways on the day:

Online: through our Giving Day platform.

By phone: Call +44 (0)23 9268 1385

By post: Gifts must be received by the end of 8 March to count. Information available here

Can I make a gift before the Giving Day?

Yes! We know that our donors’ schedules may not allow them to participate during the Giving Day itself. The donation links on this website are live now. Alternatively, you can send your gift by post (cheques made payable to The Portsmouth Grammar School, please) or make a gift online through our normal alumni website in advance.

How can I help spread the word?

Your support will make a huge difference to The Portsmouth Grammar School and to the success of our special Giving Day. Post about our Giving Day using the hashtags #BeTheDifference and #PGSGivingDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - and don’t forget to tag us! Make sure to tell your friends about this exciting day to get involved and make a difference.

Want to make an even bigger difference? Help spread the word by becoming an ambassador.

What is an ambassador, and what am I committing to?

An ambassador is an individual who chooses to help support us in the lead up to the Giving Day and on the day itself, by acting as a ‘digital’ volunteer.

Don’t worry, if you sign up to be an ambassador for us there is no minimum requirement. All that we ask is that you help us to spread the word about our Giving Day by sharing the page on social media and posting the occasional updates that we send out throughout the day. As much as we try to tell all of our members about the amazing work that’s going on, it’s not always easy to reach everyone. By asking our members to help us, we can reach many more people.

Is my credit card payment secure?

Yes, we’re using a secure, off-site payment processor called Stripe to process our credit card transactions.

Is there a minimum or maximum donation I can make?

The minimum online gift amount is £5. There’s no maximum donation, and no limit on the impact you can make.

Can I claim Gift Aid on this donation?

Yes! So long as you 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 school can reclaim the basic tax rate (25%) on your gift, with no extra cost to you. So your donation of £100 will actually be worth £225 once we have added the matching gift and the Gift Aid.

Will my Giving Day contribution be tax-deductible?

UK: If you’re in the UK and eligible for Gift Aid, The Portsmouth Grammar School can claim 25% back in tax from your donation. If you’re a Higher Rate Tax Payer (40% and above), you can claim tax back on your charitable donations at the end of the tax year. The Portsmouth Grammar School is a registered charity number 1063732

USA: Your gift is tax-deductible - when making your gift, just select ‘Donate in USD’. You will receive an email confirmation and tax-receipt.

How can I get in touch?

Please feel free to email any questions to the Development Office at or call us on +44 (0)23 9268 1385.