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The Oxford Union

American Friends of the Oxford Union

An Urgent Appeal to Secure the Oxford Union’s Future

As the Oxford Union Society enters its third century, there is much on which to reflect – from notable debates that have reverberated around the world to the guest speakers who have been questioned and challenged by the Society’s members. We are now seeking to secure the Oxford Union’s future by ensuring we can continue: to uphold free speech by inviting members and guests to challenge ideas in a historic setting that is fit for purpose; to preserve the unique architectural heritage of the buildings, irreplaceable artworks and two centuries of tradition; and to increase accessibility by removing physical and financial barriers to participation. The Oxford Union’s ability to retain its independence rests on the purpose-built premises, notably the historic grade II* listed debating chamber, which provide a unique setting for world-famous debates and speaker meetings. The buildings’ grade II* listed status denotes the premises as having special architectural and / or historic interest considered to be of national importance. Fewer than 6% of all listed buildings in England have grade II* status. Further information regarding this appeal can be found here. US taxpayers can make a tax deductible gift via OXUF.

Donating to OXUF

OXUF is the primary charitable organization supporting the Oxford Union Society and the Oxford Literary and Debating Union Trust in the United States, as an independent 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.


In compliance with IRS regulations, the Board of Directors of OXUF maintains complete discretion over the allocation of the funds it receives. Gifts to OXUF qualify for tax deductions to the full extent allowed by law.


OXUF gratefully accepts bank transfers (preferred) and credit card donations via Stripe, as well as donations of stock and crypto. For more information, please see our Donating to OXUF page.

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