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Harding Challenge

The Harding Challenge is an initiative to enhance the impact that donors to Collegiate Cambridge can have, enabling us to do more for students in greatest need.

In 2019, the Harding Challenge was established, following a generous donation from David and Claudia Harding to the University of Cambridge.

The aim of this exciting initiative is to encourage new donors, and those who have not given recently, to make a donation. All eligible gifts to Magdalene will also unlock an equal amount of funding from the Harding Challenge Fund that will be used to support undergraduate students with the greatest need across collegiate Cambridge, while the original gift will remain with Magdalene. New donations of any size up to £100,000 can contribute to the Harding Challenge – every pound makes a difference.

To qualify, the donation must be made to one of our student support funds, for a bursary or studentship, or more broadly for student activities (which include the Choir and the Boat Club). Please contact us if you are unsure whether the area of support you are interested in will be accepted for the Harding Challenge.

The scheme is open to donors who meet any one of the following criteria:

  • New donors (those who have not given to Magdalene, another College or the University before);
  • Returning Harding Challenge donors (those who made their first, Harding Challenge eligible donation between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2021); or
  • Past donors (those who made their last donation before 31 July 2019)

To make a donation now, please click on the button below or visit our making a gift page.

For more information please contact:

Making a gift to Magdalene

Every gift, however modest, will make a difference.

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