What you can do

Leave a gift in your will to Stonewall

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to Stonewall in your will.

We’ve come so far since our founding in 1989, but we still have lots to do to completely change hearts and minds around the world.

That’s why we won’t stop until every lesbian, gay, bisexual 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 for as long as we’re needed. 

Many of our supporters pledge Stonewall a gift in their will. That means more than a third of our income from individuals comes from legacies. It really is a significant way of ensuring Stonewall can be here, fighting for LGBT rights, for years to come. But please don’t think that a gift in your will has to be large to make a difference.

A lasting impact

"In our lifetime, many arts charities have tried to persuade us to leave some form of financial legacy. The organisation that we are most proud to support is Stonewall. 

We both volunteer in the office but would love to think that money left in our wills would also continue our presence in the organisation. We are really proud of what Stonewall has achieved and can actively demonstrate how our lives have improved as a direct consequence of changes in the law that Stonewall has helped fight for.

Along with many others, Stonewall has also helped change attitudes, making us feel more comfortable as out LGBT people in British life. It may be several generations from now until Stonewall can truly say ‘job done’ (especially on the international scene) so legacy-giving is our way of supporting the future for all our fellow LGBT citizens."

Rod Marten and Howard Shepherdson

 

Leaving a gift in your will is straightforward

Leaving a legacy gift is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a difficult process. 

You simply state in your will that you'd like to direct a gift to Stonewall. We recommend that you use a solicitor or professional will-writer to make sure your will is legal and valid.

If you've already made a will, you don't necessarily need to pay to amend it - a codicil is a simple way to add a gift to Stonewall to your latest will.

Please tell us

We'd love to know if you have mentioned us in your will. We'd really appreciate it and would love to say thank you and welcome you as a Lifelong Friend.

You'll receive an exclusive purple pin badge and unique insights into our work.

And we absolutely promise that any information you share with us will be kept in the strictest confidence.

How to leave us a gift in your will

There's usually no tax to pay on gifts left to Stonewall. For those with larger amounts to leave, there's also a Government scheme called Legacy 10. This reduces your overall inheritance tax on everything you leave - because you chose to give 10% of your estate as charitable gifts.

You can leave a specific sum of money to Stonewall. Or, as many supporters have done, you may choose to leave a 'residuary' gift; a percentage of the remainder of your estate when everything else has been deducted. That way you won't need to worry about having enough, your gift will simply come from whatever is left over.

Or you could leave specific items like shares, jewellery or paintings.

And of course, you can leave assets to a named beneficiary during their lifetime, after which they would pass to Stonewall. That's known as a Reversionary Gift.

Template wording for wills

You may find the following wording useful as a guide.

Please include our full name and charity number: Stonewall Equality Ltd, Registered Charity Number 1101255.

For a residuary gift
"Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole / ___% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to Stonewall Equality Ltd (UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255) of Tower Building, York Road, London, SE1 7NX for the general purposes of Stonewall and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge."

For a pecuniary / specific bequest
"I give the sum of £_____ (or the item specified) to Stonewall Equality Ltd (UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255) of Tower Building, York Road, London, SE1 7NX for its general charitable purposes. I further direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the said charity shall be a full and sufficient discharge."

Adding a gift to your existing Will with a codicil

A codicil is a simple way to add a gift to Stonewall to your latest 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 Will.

If you already have more than one Will, make sure that this codicil refers to the latest Will - also clearly identify which codicil this will be (first, second, third etc.)

Of course, we recommend that you consult your solicitor, particularly if the changes you want to make are less straightforward.

If you decide to update your will using a codicil, here are a few basic rules:

  • Just like a Will, you will need two adult, unrelated witnesses to you signing the codicil. They or their spouses cannot be beneficiaries. They do not need to see the contents of the codicil, merely that you sign it in their presence.
  • The witnesses need to write in their names and addresses and sign the codicil.
  • 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 - this could be your executor, solicitor, good friend, or charity beneficiary - and let them know where the original Will and codicil are stored.

Download a codicil form and an example of a completed codicil.

Stonewall Codicil Form

Completed Codicil Form

Get in touch

Thank you again for thinking of leaving a gift to Stonewall. Should you wish to talk this through further, or if you would like your gift to be directed to a specific area of our work, please don’t hesitate to call 020 7593 3456 or email supporter.care@stonewall.org.uk.

Download Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life (2011)

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People in Later Life (2011)