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The Constitution Unit is a non-profit research centre, which relies on external funding to carry out its work. Many of our projects are funded by research bodies and charitable trusts, but crucial input also comes from the generous support of individual donors. Such donations greatly help us to achieve our aims of encouraging policy and public debate that is well-informed and based on high-quality research evidence.

Key Constitution Unit projects such as the 2017–18 Independent Commission on Referendums have been made possible only with donor support. The Commission’s report made nearly 70 recommendations for improving referendum practice in the UK. It received widespread media coverage, was discussed in both chambers of parliament, and is now influencing thinking by policymakers around the world, as well as in the UK. This was followed up (with separate funding) by the Unit’s short report on The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit, which was also widely cited.

These kinds of policy-relevant research are difficult to fund from academic sources, so particularly depend on donor support. Likewise, the Unit’s ongoing outreach and public education activities – including our newsletter, seminar series and blog – have huge reach, but are only made possible through small, regular financial contributions.

If you would like to support our work by making a donation, you can do so by donating to us online, by telephone or by post. As part of University College London, donations to the Constitution Unit are charitable, and hence eligible for Gift Aid.

Giving online

The simplest way to give to the Constitution Unit is online, and you can do so at any time.

Even small, one-off donations are very useful to support our day-to-day work. Larger donations have previously helped us start new projects, and employ new staff.

Make a one-off donation

If you are interested in making a larger donation, and would first like to discuss the kinds of future work that this could help fund, please get in touch.

Regular supporters of the Constitution Unit guarantee us a secure income stream for our policy-focused activities and outreach work. A regular donation of as little as a few pounds per month can really help. If you enjoy our publications and events, or appreciate the value of our ongoing research and policy activities, please become a regular supporter.

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Giving by post and over the phone

If you would prefer to make a gift by post – through a cheque, a credit or debit card, or by setting up a direct debit (if you have a UK bank account) – please download our UK/overseas gift form and return it to the Constitution Unit address. Please state that you would like to support the Constitution Unit, where it says 'My Department' in section 1 of the gift form.

To make a gift over the phone, using a credit or debit card, please contact UCL's Regular Giving team on +44 (0)20 3108 9127 and state you are giving to the Constitution Unit.