Giving to AID in your Will
Using your willpower to transform lives
Giving to AID in your will enables you to make a charitable gift to a greater extent than may be possible during your lifetime. It has the potential to make an eternal impact in some of the world's neediest communities, for the glory of Jesus Christ.
For many charities, legacy donations represent a significant proportion of total income, vital to the overall work of the organisation. So first things first…
Have you made a will?
Making a will does not need to be difficult or expensive. It can give peace of mind that, when you die, your property will be distributed in accordance with your wishes, managed by people (“executors”) of your choosing.
Would you consider leaving a legacy to AID in your will?
AID has a long-term commitment to the people of East Africa, working in partnership with local churches to transform lives for now and eternity by offering practical and spiritual help. Currently, our work includes: strengthening churches through Bible training, improving hygiene conditions and access to clean water, training midwives and clinical officers, equipping families to run sustainable businesses, supporting education and developing agriculture.
Our practical projects, such as microfinance and agriculture, follow Christ’s call to love our neighbour as ourselves and demonstrate His love and compassion to a broken world. They are most often implemented through local churches, ministers and Christian workers. Some also contain an aspect of Bible teaching and spiritual encouragement e.g. the weekly microfinance group meetings. In this way lives are not only transformed now, but also for eternity.
3 Types of Legacy
- A specific legacy is the gift of a particular item such as jewellery, property or shares.
- A pecuniary legacy is the gift of a fixed amount of money. Here it is worth bearing in mind that the value of the gift will depreciate over time. Therefore, you may like to consider index-linking such a gift.
- Alternatively, you may leave a residuary legacy which is the gift of all, or a proportion, of the remainder (“residue”) of your estate once your other wishes have been accommodated.
How do I leave a legacy to AID in my will?
We strongly recommend that you ask a solicitor to draw up or amend your will. They will need to know AID’s full name (Anglican International Development Ltd), charity number (1138664) and registered address (Eslington House, Eslington Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4RF). It is most useful if your gift is given for our “general purposes”. This allows us to use your money where the need is greatest whereas, if you give to a certain project, there is the risk that it will have been completed by the time we receive your gift.
What if I already have a will?
It is a simple matter to amend a will by means of a supplementary document called a “codicil”. A codicil is typically a short, simple document costing less than a will. Your solicitor will be able to advise you about this.
Do I need to inform AID about the legacy in my will?
You do not need to inform us if you make a gift to AID in your will. However, if you do choose to let us know, this will both encourage us and help us as we plan for the future! Any information you give us will be treated confidentially and is not legally binding.
Can I set up an in memoriam fund?
Yes! This is where you ask people to make their own donations to AID in your memory. Just ask your solicitor to include this in your will.
You can direct friends and family to the donate page on the AID website where there is an option to include a special reference such as, ‘given in memory of’, on a donation.