Giving to AID in your Will

Using your willpower to transform lives


Giving to AID in your will affords the opportunity to make a charitable gift to a greater extent than may be possible during your lifetime and with the potential to impact lives for good well into the future – a lasting legacy indeed!  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?

Contrary to many people’s assumptions, making a will need not be difficult or expensive.  Moreover, 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?

At Anglican International Development (AID), we have a long term commitment to the people of South Sudan, working in partnership with local churches (both in South Sudan and the UK) to help to transform lives that have been devastated by conflict. We particularly work to: strengthen churches, improve healthcare, grow businesses and develop agriculture. Would you consider supporting us in the long term by leaving a legacy to AID in your will?  There are 3 ways of doing this.

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 instruct a solicitor to draw up your will.  He or she will need to know AID’s full name (Anglican International Development for Relief and Change), charity number (1138664) and registered address (21 High Street, Eynsham, Witney, OX29 4HE).  It is most useful to AID if your gift is expressed to be 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.

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If you have further questions about leaving a gift to AID in your will, please feel free to contact our administrator Alice Lane on: 01670 505148 or