What will your legacy look like?
Stonewall was founded in 1989 and we've seen great progress in that time. But we know from experience that we can never be complacent. In such uncertain times, we refuse to rest on our laurels - we know there's so much still to do.
That's why we won’t stop until every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person can live their life without fear of discrimination.
By leaving a gift to Stonewall in your will, you’ll help us continue the fight for acceptance.
Stonewall’s promise to you
Firstly, we’d like to thank you for considering leaving a gift to Stonewall in your will.
However, we understand that this decision is a deeply personal one and we promise to respect your privacy - we'll never pressure you to declare your intentions.
We also understand that your family and loved ones come first.
If you do decide to leave a gift to us in your will, we pledge to make the best use of it, to continue our vital work to achieve equality and acceptance for all LGBT people.
We'll also inform you of the difference a gift like yours makes and how it improves the lives of LGBT communities everywhere.
Stonewall is here to answer any questions you have, whenever you have them, in a way that suits you.
You can also change your mind about your gift at any time – just let us know.
Leaving a gift in your will couldn’t be more straightforward
Leaving a legacy gift is an important decision, but that doesn't mean it should be a difficult process.
We recommend that you use a solicitor to make sure your will is both legally effective and valid.
If you've already made a will, you don't need to pay to amend it - a codicil is a simple way to add a gift to Stonewall to your latest will and we’ve included one you can use below.
How to leave us a gift in your will
You can leave a specific sum of money to Stonewall, known as a ‘pecuniary legacy’.
Another option is leaving specific items like shares, jewellery or paintings, known as a ‘specific’ gift – but you must own the item gifted at your death for your wishes to take effect.
Or, as many of our supporters have done, you may choose to leave a 'residuary' gift; a percentage of the remainder of your estate once all pecuniary legacies, specific gifts, debts and expenses of your estate have been deducted. That way you won't need to worry about whether a specific sum will be enough or too much at the time of your death - your gift will be a share of what is left after necessary deductions.
You can also leave assets to a named beneficiary during their lifetime, after which they would pass to Stonewall. That's known as a ’reversionary’ gift.
There's usually no inheritance tax to pay on gifts left to Stonewall. For those with larger amounts to leave, choosing to give 10 per cent of your estate to charity reduces the rate of inheritance tax on your estate – speak to a solicitor if this is something which may be suitable for you.
Template wording for wills
You may find the following wording useful as a guide.
Note: please include our full name and charity number: Stonewall Equality Ltd, Registered Charity Number 1101255.
For a pecuniary / specific bequest
‘I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Stonewall Equality Ltd (UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255) of 192 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JY for its general charitable purposes absolutely. I further direct that the receipt of the person who professes to be the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’
For a residuary gift
‘Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole / ___ per cent of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to Stonewall Equality Ltd (UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255) of 192 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JY for the general purposes of Stonewall absolutely and I declare that the receipt of the person who professes to be their Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my executors.’
Adding a gift to your existing will with a codicil
A codicil is a simple way to add a gift to Stonewall to your will. It is a supplement to a will that can make changes or amendments and allow additions to that will, without you needing to write a new one. We have included one below.
Make sure that this codicil refers to your latest will - also clearly identify which codicil this will be (first, second, third etc.)
Again, we highly recommend that you consult your solicitor, particularly if the changes you want to make are less straightforward (such as leaving a percentage of your estate or a reversionary gift to Stonewall).
If you decide to update your will using a codicil, here are a few basic rules:
Just like a will, you will need two independent, adult witnesses to you signing the codicil. They or their spouses (or civil partners) cannot be beneficiaries of your will or any codicil to it.
Your witnesses do not need to see the contents of the codicil, but you must sign and date the codicil in the presence of both witnesses.
The witnesses also need to sign the will in your presence and need to write in their names and addresses where indicated.
Keep the completed codicil with your latest will (but not attached by pins or staples etc.) in a safe place.
Send a copy of the will and codicil – in a sealed envelope if you prefer, to a trusted person (your executor, solicitor, good friend, or charity beneficiary), and let them know where the original will and codicil are stored.
Download codicil form (PDF) and will planner (PDF).
Exclusive offer for Stonewall supporters
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We all know how important it is to write a will, but most people don’t get round to it.
But it doesn’t have to be hard. Stonewall has teamed up with Farewill, a simple way to make a will online – in just 15 minutes! Farewill guides you step-by-step through the will-writing process, and offers live support from will specialists. You can even pause and come back, and update your will at any time.
To say thank you for your support, Stonewall and Farewill are offering a 50% discount on this service exclusively to Stonewall supporters.
Visit the Farewill website and use the discount code ‘Stonewall50’ to make your will now.
There is absolutely no obligation to leave a gift to Stonewall when making use of this offer.
We are here for you
We hope you will consider leaving a gift in your will to Stonewall. Gifts in wills make a huge difference to the lives of LGBT people for generations to come. This can be your legacy.
We'd love to know if you have mentioned us in your will, as we'd really appreciate the chance to say thank you and welcome you to Stonewall as a Lifelong Friend.
You'll receive an exclusive purple pin badge, unique insights into our work and invitations to exclusive events.
We absolutely promise that any information you share with us will be kept in the strictest confidence.
If you would like to talk to someone, or if you would like your gift to be directed to a specific area of our work, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 7593 2827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.