Ways to Give


About the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) Network

Thanks to collaboration with the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, residents of Switzerland can now make tax-efficient donations to the McGill University Trust (our UK-based charitable entity) through the Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) network.

TGE is a partnership of European foundations and associations that enables individual and corporate donors resident in one of the participating countries to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence. An eligible donor would therefore receive a tax receipt from their local foundation in the country in which they make the donation.

How It Works

In order to give via the TGE network and be eligible for a tax incentive in Switzerland, you must:

  • Be a tax resident of Switzerland; and
  • Donate via the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation to a TGE-approved charitable organization in any of the other countries in the network. The McGill University Trust (UK) has been approved to receive TGE donations.

After your gift is made, you will receive a donation certificate for the full amount of your gift from the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. These donation certificates are sent to donors domiciled in Switzerland in February of the year following that of the donation. The Foundation will transfer your gift, minus operational TGE fees, directly to the McGill University Trust.

Gifts to the McGill University Trust given via the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation are subject to TGE fees of 5% on the first €100,000, and then 1% on the remainder of your donation, to a maximum fee of €15,000. These fees help further the mission of facilitating cross-border philanthropy across Europe.

McGill donors who pay tax in Switzerland are encouraged to review applicable local tax laws and regulations, or consult a local professional tax advisor for guidance relative to their own situation.

Making a Donation

Please make your gift to support McGill through the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

Swiss Philanthropy Foundation
Rue De-Grenus 3 - P.O. Box 2097
1211 Geneva 1
Telephone: +41 22 732 55 54
TGE [at] swissphilanthropy.ch

To make your gift, via bank transfer only, please contact the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation by telephone or email.

The bank transfer order must include your full name and residential address in Switzerland, as well as a note mentioning “TGE” and the intended beneficiary of the donation (McGill University Trust).

For the purposes of obtaining a complete donation certificate from the Foundation, it is essential to provide your full name and address with your bank transfer.

The recommended minimum donation is CHF 1,000.

Contact and Assistance

If you have questions about donating from Switzerland, please contact McGill University Advancement via donations [at] McGill.ca or 001-514-398-2787.