Gifts in Wills

Empowering children to fulfil their potential

Writing your Will can provide an opportunity to reflect on the life you have led and the values that are important to you. For many, it offers a chance to consider how you’d like to be remembered and the positive impact you want to leave on the world.

Leaving a gift to Unicef can support long-term development programmes around the world and help empower children for generations to come.

If you are considering including a gift in your Will to Unicef, we hope this page helps you prepare and answers some key questions you might have.

We are also pleased to offer our supporters the chance to write or update your Will for free with our trusted partners, Co-op Legal Services. Find out more about our free Will offer.

Thank you for considering Unicef. Gifts in Wills play a vital role in delivering our life-changing work for children. Without these essential gifts, much of our work would not be possible.

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Your questions answered

Meet Aarti, Wills and Trusts Solicitor

Wills and Trusts solicitor Aarti Gupta has answered a few frequently asked questions about Gifts in Wills. Click on the questions below to hear her advice:

“As a mother myself, my primary concern is to protect my children, and all children if I can. By including a gift to Unicef in my Will, I will allow them to continue the vital work they do across the globe for children,” says Aarti.

We hope the information on this page will assist you but we also recommend you get your own professional advice.

Wills and Trusts Solicitor, Aarti Gupta answers the question: How easy is it to leave a gift to Unicef UK in your Will?

How do I go about including a gift in my Will?

It’s easy to include Unicef in your Will.  You can write a Will with our free Will Service which can guide you through the process.

Please make sure you have our correct address and charity number; Unicef UK, 1 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, London E20 , registered charity 1072612 (England & Wales) and SC043677 (Scotland).

We recommend you consult a solicitor when writing or amending your Will. Visit the Law Society website at lawsociety.org.uk for a list of legal professionals in your area.

Our Gifts in Wills team is available to answer your questions. If you would like to leave a gift to help a child and want to find out how, please email giftsinwills@unicef.org.uk or call 020 7375 6131

What types of gift can I leave?

Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes. We are grateful for every single gift we receive. Below is a quick guide to understanding the jargon of the different types of gifts you can include in your Will. If you aren’t sure which is best for you, a solicitor will be happy to help you.

  • Residuary – once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, you can leave a share of, or the remainder of your estate to Unicef UK.
  • Pecuniary – you can choose to leave a specific amount of money in your Will.
  • A specific gift – you can choose to leave us a specific item, such as jewellery or even a house when making a Will.

What can a legacy provide?

A gift in your Will can help save lives and empower children for generations to come.

Most of the gifts we receive are provided as flexible funding or noted as ‘unrestricted’. This means that you are not restricting what project or country your gift is spent on.

We prefer to receive gifts in this way; it allows us to react and reach the children who need the most help and who are the hardest to reach. This typically includes children in crises, children who live in remote areas, ethnic communities or in countries that typically get less funding.

‘Unrestricted funds’ also help our work to be more efficient by reducing our administration costs which can make your money reach more children and protect more futures.

A gift in your Will could be life-changing for children and have an impact for generations. Here are just a few examples of the kind of things unrestricted funding could buy with your gift;

  • £1,600 could provide 50 life-saving vaccine packs. Health workers can successfully deliver vaccines to protect children– even in the most remote areas.
  • £8,500 could provide 56 Early Childhood Development kits. Kits help caregivers create a safe learning environment for up to 50 young children ages 0-8.
  • £29,440 could provide 20 midwifery kits. This kit could save the lives of many women and babies who might otherwise die of complications during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • £57,950 could provide 50 lightweight, large tents. Tents can be used to create temporary schools or health centres so that children can continue their education or receive medical attention after a disaster.

Of course, we understand you may have a personal reason for wanting to support a specific theme of our work. Just get in touch with our legacy team on  020 7375 6131 to discuss the best way to approach this.

How does Unicef spend the money?

Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. We ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We’ve done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

On average over the last five years, for every pound spent by Unicef UK, 70p went towards our work for children around the world, 29p was spent on raising another pound and 1p was spent on governance of the charity.

You can find out more about how we spend donations in our annual report.

How do I know that my money won't end up in the wrong hands?

Unicef has a tested system of checks and balances to ensure proper use of funds, including regular internal and external audits. We publish an annual report every year where you can read about how we raise money and how we spend it.

Members of our staff conduct regular field visits to monitor spending and progress of the projects that we fund. We also make payments to funded projects and in instalments to enable us to assess the impact of previous funding. 

Do I need to let you know if I've left Unicef UK a gift in my Will?

You don’t have to tell us if you’ve left a gift to children in your Will, but we are always happy to hear from our supporters and it is very helpful for us to know.

It helps us better support you with your intentions and helps us plan more efficiently for the future. We can also keep you informed of the projects we are delivering for children; many of our supporters like to attend our regular Gift in Wills Events to hear the latest developments.

Any information you share with us is completely confidential and is in no way legally binding.  If you would like to let us know that you have left a gift in your Will and would like to be up-dated about our work, please email giftsinwills@unicef.org.uk or call 020 7375 6131

What’s Unicef’s address and charity number?

If you want to include Unicef UK in your Will, it’s important to use our full name and details, to ensure your gift reaches us.

You just need our correct address and charity number: Unicef UK, 1 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, London E20 , registered charity 1072612 (England & Wales) and SC043677 (Scotland).

If the wording is not right, we may not receive your gift.

Sue has been supporting Unicef for 40 years

It was 1978 when Sue and her late husband, Robin were first introduced to Unicef after a chance encounter with one of our adverts. “What struck us both was that these children across the world didn’t have and don’t have the choice that we have.”

When Robin passed away in 1991 he continued his support for Unicef by leaving a gift in his Will.

Leaving a gift in your Will can seem daunting but you can be assured that Unicef will always be here to support you.

Sue says: “Unicef will always tell you exactly what they are spending the money on. So that encourages me to leave money in my Will to this organisation.”

“I know that there are many children that will benefit from that money.”

 

A quiet but vital way to provide long lasting support for children  

Every year, many people choose to support children in this quiet but extremely important way. Unicef has the passion, expertise and infrastructure to protect more children than any other organisation. However we rely entirely on donations from supporters who share our values. Our supporters help to make all our work possible.

We understand that family and friends come first but we hope that you will consider including a gift that can have a lasting impact for generations of children to come.

Hear from Unicef Supporter, Sue on why she has left a Gift in her Will to Unicef

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