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MISSION: The advancement of education, and of the arts, culture, history, heritage, or science at or in connection with the Smithsonian Institution to enable and encourage the increase and diffusion of knowledge worldwide.

The Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust is an independent charitable trust established in England and Wales to advance the work of the Smithsonian Institution worldwide by means that are exclusively charitable under English law. The Trust has been established to support charitable projects that leverage the scholarship, experience, and resources of the Smithsonian, funded by tax-efficient donations from UK donors. For example, Trust-funded projects may include:
  • Museum exhibitions and related educational programming,
  • Educational conferences, seminars, lectures, performances, and recordings,
  • Fellowships, internships, and other scholarship programmes,
  • The acquisition and care of collection items, and
  • Scientific research initiatives.
The Trust is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number: 1147674).

Please direct inquiries to info@smithsoniantrust.org.uk.
About the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 with a bequest from English scientist, James Smithson, a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a founding member of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Smithson directed that his fortune be given to the United States “to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge….” Since its founding, the Smithsonian has grown to become the world’s largest and most diverse museum and research complex, including nineteen museums, nine research centres, and many education and outreach programs. It conducts research in approximately 90 countries and, true to its founder’s mandate, is committed to sharing its learning and resources with the world. For more information about the founding of the Smithsonian, please click here. For general information about the Smithsonian Institution, please click here.

Trustees
John Eric Daniels, London, UK

Leslie Ann Scott, Beckley, Oxford, UK

Murray Hallam, London, UK

Advisor to the Trust
Virginia B. Clark, Smithsonian Institution


The Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust is registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

Gift Aid increases the value of your donation by allowing us to reclaim basic rate tax on your gift. If you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations. For more information, please click here.

News
Please click here to read the press release about the establishment of the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust from June 10, 2013.

Click here to learn about the Smithsonian joining the Arts & Humanities Research Council International Placement Scheme.

FAQ
1. Are there any tax benefits when making a gift to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust?
Yes, gifts to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust may be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme in the United Kingdom. Gift Aid increases the value of your donation by allowing the Trust to reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). For example, if you make a gift £1000, the Trust will be able to recover an additional £250 from HMRC.
If you pay UK tax at the higher or additional rate you may be entitled to claim further relief on your Self-Assessment tax return.
2. How do I know if my contribution qualifies for Gift Aid?
Gift Aid applies only to monetary gifts, and you must have paid sufficient UK income and/or capital gains tax to cover the amount of the tax that the Trust will claim from HMRC.
You must also provide the Trust with a Gift Aid declaration form.
Since individual circumstances will vary, please contact your tax advisor.
3. Is there a limit to the number of gifts eligible for Gift Aid that I can make to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust?
No – as long as you have paid sufficient UK income and/or capital gains tax there is no limit to how many donations you may make per year.
A proposed cap on income tax relief, including Gift Aid, was abandoned by Government in May 2012.
4. How is my gift acknowledged?
The Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust will provide you with a written acknowledgement which you can use to keep track of your gift for UK tax purposes.
5. Can I make a gift to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust for a specific purpose?
Yes, you may make a gift to support a particular purpose or programme that is consistent with the objectives of the Trust. If you are considering a gift with specific restrictions for its use, please contact us to ensure that the Trust will be able accept your gift and fulfill your intentions.
6. Can I make a gift of shares or securities to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust?

Yes, gifts of certain types of shares or securities may be eligible for UK tax relief. Please contact us to ensure that the Trust will be able accept your gift and your tax or financial advisors to ensure tax relief is available to you in your particular circumstances.

7. Can I make a gift to the Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust through my estate?
Yes. A bequest to Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust will be exempt from UK inheritance tax.
You may wish to discuss with your legal or tax advisors the reduced rate of UK inheritance tax that is available in respect of estates leaving 10% or more to charity. If you were intending to leave 4% to one or more charities, then this relief may incentivize you to give even more.
8. Where can I send my contribution?
You can mail your contribution and the Gift Aid declaration form to:

Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust
Withers LLP
16 Old Bailey
LONDON
EC4M 7EG
United Kingdom
For wire transfer of funds, please request information through email at info@smithsoniantrust.org.uk.
Gift Aid declarations can also be emailed to info@smithsoniantrust.org.uk.
9. How can I learn more about Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust?
For more information, to make a gift, or obtain a Gift Aid Declaration form, please contact us via email at info@smithsoniantrust.org.uk.