We believe that a gift in your Will is not just a financial gift, but a gift of trust – and one that we truly value.
If you’d like to talk to our experts about any aspect of Will making or charitable legacies, you can email Sarah from the legacy team in total confidence: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts in Wills - your questions answered
Why should I make a Will?
Making a Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes will be followed after you die, as well as allowing you to provide for the people and causes you care about. If you don’t have a Will it can cause additional distress for your family and friends at an already difficult time.
Download our Guide to including a gift in your Will
Can I write my own Will?
As we’re unable to provide any legal advice on preparing your Will, we strongly recommend that you use a qualified solicitor. Any mistake in a Will can cause problems or even make the whole Will invalid.
What if I already have a Will?
Make sure you keep it up to date. If there have been any births, deaths, marriages or divorces in your family, it’s worth reviewing your Will.
If you want to add a gift to Christian Aid to your existing Will, you can probably do this quite cheaply and simply with a legal document known as a codicil. Ask your solicitor about the best way to add a codicil.
What essential info about Christian Aid will I need to give my solicitor?
In Northern Ireland
Registered charity number: NIC101631
Company number: NI059154
Address: Christian Aid Ireland, Linden House, Beechill Business Park, 96 Beechill Road, Belfast BT8 7QN.
In the Republic of Ireland
Registered charity number: 20014162
Company number: 426928
Address: Christian Aid Ireland, Canal House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
Your solicitor will also need to know what type of gift you wish to leave – you can find this information in the next question.
What different types of gift can I leave?
- A specific gift is a possession or item such as jewellery, property or shares.
- A pecuniary gift is a financial donation of a fixed amount. However, because of inflation, these are liable to depreciate during the course of your lifetime. That’s why many of our supporters prefer to leave a residuary gift.
- A residuary gift is all or part of what’s left of your estate once your other wishes have been carried out.
Here is some sample wording for your solicitor:
I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] [description of items] absolutely for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.
I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] the sum of £...[amount in words] for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.
I give to Christian Aid of [full address according to location you are writing your Will] Charity Registration Number: XXXXX [according to location you are writing your Will] [proportion of residue] for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.
How will Christian Aid use my gift?
However large or small, your gift will be used to support our work fighting poverty and transforming lives.
Our supporters usually choose to leave a gift to our work in general, so we can use it wherever the need is greatest. However, if there’s a particular aspect of our work you’d like your gift to support, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
What about inheritance tax?
In most cases, your gift to Christian Aid will be exempt from inheritance tax, so it can help to reduce the tax burden on your friends or family.
Your solicitor will explain how to make your Will as tax efficient as possible. They can also outline the rules that reduce the rate of inheritance tax for people who leave at least 10% of their estate to charity.
Should I let you know I’ve included Christian Aid in my Will?
You don’t have to tell us anything. But if you’d like to, we’d love to hear from you.
Many of our supporters have been telling us what inspired them to include Christian Aid in their Wills – and these stories are, in turn, a real inspiration to us!