Reasons to leave a legacy

Leaving a legacy to Unicef is a wonderful way to make your support for Unicef live on.

We believe that every child has a right to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education and a safe environment to grow up in. Your legacy will support our ongoing work to achieve this. Your donation will help fund charity projects which may take many years to complete – but will save countless lives.
In Botswana, Unicef - with the help of legacy donations - has helped to reduce the mother-to-child HIV transmission rate to less than 4 per cent. By replicating this in other countries, hundreds of thousands of babies in the developing world could be protected from the virus each year.

Legacies also give us the financial resources required to cope with the things for which we cannot plan. Like conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies – any situation in which children’s lives are in danger. Because we get no funding from the United Nations, we are reliant on voluntary donations like legacies.
After the devastating earthquake in 2006, Unicef delivered 300,000 litres of water a day to communities in Java, Indonesia - saving countless children's lives, by protecting them from the deadly diseases found in dirty water.

Why my father left a legacy

Louise Hopkins, daughter of Unicef supporter William Tait, told us about why he left his legacy to charity: 

"My father was sent to Palestine and the Far East during the Second World War and saw first-hand the hardships faced by children in the developing world. He also saw what a big difference just a small amount of money can make.

"He also had a deep commitment to the work of Unicef and decided to leave a gift in his Will to help children – and in memory of his wife Betty, who shared his support for the organisation’s wonderful work.

"We were all saddened when my father passed away in January 2007. But his support for Unicef lives on in our family, right down to his great-grandchildren. So it is heart-warming to know what a difference his legacy is making to children. I am certain he would urge others to support Unicef, as he and my stepmother did."

Legacy gifts like William Tait’s have helped fund essential vaccinations in Togo, West Africa, where children are living in poverty after 15 years of sanctions. Legacy gifts are also being used to help trafficked children, who have been forced to work in mines and plantations in surrounding countries, to return home and start rebuilding their lives.

Find out more about charity legacies

You can speak to our Legacy Team by contacting Rachel Fletcher on 020 7375 6208 or email

Charity legacies help children around the world. © Unicef/NYHQ2009-2569/Pierre Holtz
Legacy donations help us to bring aid to children around the world - like three-month-old Abdoulrachid in the village of Foura Guiké, Niger. He has benefitted from the promotion of essential family practices that reduce child diarrhoea, prevent malaria and improve hygiene.© Unicef/NYHQ2009-2569/Pierre Holtz