If you have any questions, please take a look at this FAQ page. If you can't find the answer here, or you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us via our contact page.
How do a make a donation?
- Manual donation ('handgift')
Make an online payment or transfer your donation to bank account number BE42 7310 4624 7854 (in the name of 'Universiteit Antwerpen', Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen). Be sure to mention 'fiscaal attest' (tax certificate) and your preferred destination in the communication field. In order to allocate your donation correctly, we also recommend you to fill in the donation form and indicate your preference for the destination of the amount.
- Gift ('schenking')
If you want to make a gift to the University of Antwerp, you can donate immovable property (a house, a plot of land, etc.), movable property (a sum of money, jewellery, shares, etc.), or a combination of the two. In principle, this requires a deed of gift ('schenkingsakte'), drawn up and registered by a notary.
Can I decide what my donation will be used for?
Yes, you can indicate your preference for the destination of your donated sum. Simply mention the name of the existing chair or project you wish to support. The University Fund will then process and allocate your donation accordingly.
What amount should I donate?
You can donate any amount – we welcome all contributions. However, please note that tax certificates can only be issued for donations of 40 euros or more.
I'm having a baby shower, wedding, anniversary or similar event. How can my guests donate to a good cause at UAntwerp?
If you have a big celebration coming up, but you have no need for presents, you can ask people to donate to a good cause instead. They can do this via the University of Antwerp Fund. Feel free to take a look at our current projects or chairs you can support. You can then ask your guests to make a donation to the project of your choice. They can transfer their donations to account number BE42 7310 4624 7854 (in the name of 'Universiteit Antwerpen', Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen), mentioning 'fiscaal attest' (tax certificate) and the name of the project you would like to support in the communication field. Be sure to let us know if you are planning to do this, so we can discuss the possibilities together and process donations correctly.
When am I entitled to a tax certificate?
Both companies and private individuals receive tax certificates for any donations of 40 euros or more. These donations made in 2020 give you a tax reduction of 60%.
The tax certificate is always drawn up in the name of the bank account holder.
Tax certificates are only issued for gifts, manual donations and bank donations in cash. Gifts in kind (of tangible objects or immovable property) are not eligible.
More detailed information on tax deductibility can be found on the website of the Federal Public Service Finance.
Do I have to request a tax certificate?
No. We will automatically send your tax certificate to the postal address associated with the bank account number the transfer was made from.
When will I receive my tax certificate?
Tax certificates are always issued in March of the year following your donation.
For example, if you made a donation in 2020, you will receive your tax certificate in March 2021.
I'm making a donation from abroad. Am I entitled to a tax certificate?
The University of Antwerp issues tax certificates for donations made in Belgium. If you wish to make a donation from another country, it is best to check which tax rules apply in that country.
Can tax certificates be issued for sponsoring?
No. Sponsors often get visibility in exchange for their contributions: this might be a featured logo, an advertisement, or another form of publicity. In other words, there is always some kind of quid pro quo. Donations, by their very definition, are always 'for free'. Tax certificates can only be issued for donations without any quid pro quo.
Can my company make a donation?
Yes, it is perfectly possible for a company to make a donation. Just like private individuals, companies also receive a tax certificate for any donations of 40 euros or more, which are 60% tax deductible.
For limited companies ('vennootschappen'), the total amount eligible for this tax deduction is limited to 5% of their net profit, with a maximum deductible amount of 500,000 euros.
For more detailed information and advice, please contact your accountant or tax consultant.
Am I always entitled to a tax deduction?
There are always a few exceptions. We recommend checking what these are by going through all the information on the website of the Federal Public Service Finance.
Is it possible not to receive a tax certificate for my donation?
Yes, this is perfectly possible. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a chair?
A chair is one of the ways you can work together with the University of Antwerp to contribute to society. Chairs can have very different objectives, but they usually focus on three pillars: education, research & service provision.
What is the duration of a chair?
The minimum duration of any chair is three years. At the end of this term, the chair can be renewed for another period of three years.
Can I pick the name of the chair?
Yes, the name of the chair can be chosen by the donor or the legatee.
Who can establish a chair?
Both companies and individuals can fund chairs.
Which chairs can I support?
There are all kinds of chairs you can support. You can browse our current chairs, listed by societal theme.
How do I join the community?
There are various ways you can be part of the community that the fund actively strives to involve. You can make a donation or a bequest, or you can establish a chair or a named fund. Either way you would make an important contribution. Everyone is welcome to join us. Private individuals, entrepreneurs, testators, professors, researchers, service clubs... In short: a large community of people who help the fund succeed and achieve its goals.
How can I stay informed?
The University of Antwerp Fund uses various channels to spread the news about its activities. We want to actively involve our current and potential donors and partners by keeping them informed. For instance, you can subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on our Facebook - or LinkedIn page.
What if I have specific or personal questions?
Not all questions have a ready-made answer. You can always contact us, without any obligation, with any specific questions you may have.
What about discretion and confidentiality?
The University of Antwerp Fund attaches great importance to discretion. All conversations are handled confidentially by our employees.
Will 100% of my gift go to my preferred destination?
Of every donation made to the University of Antwerp, 5% is used to cover overhead expenses. Half of that 5% goes to the University of Antwerp, and the other half goes to the University Fund for processing donations, administration and handling, organising events such as inaugurations, guided tours, communication with our donors, issuing tax certificates, etc. Important note: this overhead is not used to pay the wage costs of the University Fund's employees.
What is your policy on ethics?
The University of Antwerp adheres to ethical principles when it comes to fundraising for its University Fund. We always observe the following principles:
- The donor's preferred destination of the funds is respected, in accordance with the University of Antwerp's internal and external rules on financial management.
- Academic freedom is ensured for all academic activities financed by the University Fund.
- The results of scientific research funded by the University Fund remain the property of the University of Antwerp.
- We communicate transparently about fundraising for the University Fund and about the academic activities financed by it.
- Fundraising for the University Fund is managed by an internal advisory committee that reports to UAntwerp's Executive Board.
- All legal obligations concerning the management of the University Fund are strictly adhered to.