Can I leave a legacy to UNICEF UK, even though you are part of the UN?

UNICEF is a registered charity (registered charity no. 1072612), founded in 1946 to help children left in extreme poverty after the Second World War. It was and still is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights.

We are not funded by the UN and rely on voluntary donations like legacies to continue our life-saving work.

What are the different types of legacy gift?

A pecuniary gift allows you to leave a specific amount of money to UNICEF.

A residuary gift allows you to leave UNICEF a share of your estate once family and friends have been taken care of. Around 85 per cent of our legacy income comes from gifts made in this way.

A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your dependants while they are living, but after they pass away it will revert to UNICEF.

I’ve already written my Will. Do I need to have a new Will drawn up?

No. Your solicitor can add a codicil to your Will that lists all changes you wish to make to your original Will. Please see our codicil form for details.

How much of my legacy will be spent on administration?

The last thing you want is for the money you entrust to us to be eaten up by administration costs. We spend just 2p in every £1 on administration.

I'd like to make a gift to UNICEF UK in my Will. What information do I need to include?

Your solicitor can advise you on the correct wording. However, it helps if you can include our full name of UNICEF UK, registered office address and registered charity number, as below:

UNICEF House
30a Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DU
Registered Charity Number: 1072612

I'm an executor and there's a bequest to UNICEF in the Will. How should I pay the money to you?

Please send a cheque payable to UNICEF UK to:

UNICEF House
30a Great Sutton Street
London
EC1V 0DU
Registered Charity Number: 1072612

I'd like to ensure that my legacy is used for a particular country or project. How do I do this?

If you want your gift to be used in a certain way – in a specific country, or for a particular kind of project – you can include this in your Will. However, please phrase this as a request, not a condition. If the conditions are stated too specifically (e.g. “work with blind children in northern Tibet”) and circumstances or countries change, sadly we may not be able to use your gift.

If you would like to talk to our Legacy Manager Clair Lucy about the gift you wish to make, please contact her on 020 7312 7632 or clairl@unicef.org.uk.

Are there any tax benefits to leaving a gift to UNICEF UK?

Charities are generally exempt from inheritance tax on bequests made to them in Wills. However, please do discuss possible ways of minimising the tax burden on your estate with your solicitor.
(Please note: the Gift Aid scheme does not apply to gifts in Wills.)

Can UNICEF UK act as executor of my Will?

No. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity or staff availability to be able to offer this service.

Other legacy questions

If you have any other questions about legacies which have not been answered please speak to our Legacy Manager Clair Lucy on 020 7375 6032 or email clairl@unicef.org.uk.