Leave a life-changing gift
Humanity is united in its desire to provide for future generations. We spend our lives finding ways to improve the world, to make it fairer and safer, all so we can leave a lasting legacy for our children.
Writing a will is much more than a financial statement. It’s how we safeguard the future of our family and friends after we are no longer here. It’s how we show what is important to us – and how we want the world to be.
What if your legacy – this ultimate expression of love and hope – could reach even further, helping generations far into the future?
By remembering World Vision in your will, you become part of something bigger than yourself. We will use your special gift to fund essential projects across the world, changing the lives of all those we touch. Through these projects, you will be giving vulnerable children the opportunity to experience life in all its fullness, the opportunity to achieve their ambitions and hope for a brighter future. As they become self-sufficient, this will mean that their children and their grandchildren will also benefit from your legacy.
To speak with a member of our Legacy team, please call 01908 84 10 60.
Leave a gift in your will and help change a child’s world.
Barbara Rattenbury was a passionate childcare nurse with strong ties to Ethiopia. When Barbara died in 1996, her sister Joyce gifted World Vision a share of the legacy that Barbara had left to her. This gift funded an essential health project in Ethiopia – a testament to Barbara’s life and work. World Vision had already begun work to upgrade the much-needed local health centre into a rural hospital. The funds from Barbara’s gift were used to construct the Mother and Childcare Clinic, providing life-saving antenatal and postnatal care. Specialist training and new equipment have enabled doctors to help with difficult births, eliminating the need for long, potentially life-threatening journeys to the city hospital.
Vivienne May Jamison had been a child sponsor for more than nine years, sponsoring a child in one of World Vision’s development programmes in Cambodia. Her concern for the people of Cambodia motivated her to leave a generous gift in her will and, when she died, World Vision arranged for her legacy to help fund a Children’s Drop-in Centre in Cambodia as a fitting tribute. The centre helps children in poverty such as Somarina who had to work to take care of his widowed mother and three siblings. He had gone to school but was forced to leave because his family could not survive without his income. Then staff from the project gave the family support, good food, clean water and opportunities to learn. Happily, Somarina is now back at school.
You can read more about these legacy gifts and how they have transformed lives in our legacy brochure – For Children. For Change. Forever. To request a free copy, just call 01908 84 10 60 or email email@example.com
Our dedicated legacy team is here to help you. They are not legal or financial advisers, but they can:
- Explain how a gift in your will can help our vital work with children
- Explain the various types of gifts that you can include in your will and their benefits
- Help you find a solicitor in your area
- Talk through the practical steps involved in making or changing a will.
Call on 01908 84 10 60
The team will be as helpful and supportive as they can and everything you tell them is in the strictest confidence. The legacy team members include:
Karen Bissaker, Legacy & Remembrance Gifts Manager
Karen joined World Vision in 2001 and has visited projects funded by gifts in wills in Ethiopia, Cambodia and Senegal. Karen says: “It’s a real privilege to help somebody who has lost a loved one find a positive way to channel their grief”.
Karin Farmer, Legacy Officer
Karin joined us in March 2010 and was inspired to work for World Vision because it gave her the chance to make lasting changes in the lives of children.
Call our dedicated legacies team on 01908 84 10 60 for help and advice.
Resources & FAQs
Leave a gift in your will
To request our free legacy brochure, For Children. For Change. Forever, which features lots of helpful and practical information about leaving a gift that can help transform the lives of children in the world’s hardest places, please call 01908 84 10 60 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave a gift FAQs
Why do I need a will?
Making a will means you can control what happens to your money and property after you die and appoint an executor to deal with your affairs in the event of your death. If you die without a valid will your estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy, which would mean that only your nearest family would benefit. However, the division between your close family under the intestacy rules may not be what you would have wanted and other family members, friends and favourite causes you might want to benefit would receive nothing. It could also lead to an unwanted and unavoidable tax bill on your death.
Isn’t this a private matter?
Yes. Your will is a very private document and you’re not under any obligation to tell us anything. Of course, if you do want to let us know your intentions, we would love to hear from you so that we can thank you for your generosity. Please call us on 01908 84 10 60 to request our new legacy brochure – For Children. For Change, Forever – which features our charter outlining our commitment to you.
I want to consider leaving a gift in my will to World Vision, but how will my family feel?
We understand that family and friends come first. All we ask is that you consider leaving us a share of whatever is left in your estate once all your specific wishes have been carried out.
Can a gift to World Vision help me pay less tax?
The inheritance tax threshold is currently £325,000 and set at 40%. The only people who can benefit without your estate being liable to inheritance tax are legal spouses and charities. Our legacy brochure features an information sheet on this topic. To obtain your brochure, just call 01908 84 10 60.
I’m a child sponsor. Can I leave money to my sponsored child in my will?
World Vision Child Sponsorship works by changing a child’s life through changing the world in which they live. Sponsorship brings change to more than just one child — the benefits you help provide extend to each child’s family, their community, and other children in need. Naming your sponsored child in your will is not recommended as children and their families may leave the area and no longer be participating in the programme. Please call us on 01908 84 10 60, so that we can advise you further.
Can I choose what my gift is spent on?
The legacies we receive are usually unrestricted gifts, allowing us to use the funds wherever the need is greatest at that particular time. However, we also gladly accept gifts for an area of our work that is close to your heart. If you would like to discuss any specific intentions you have, please call one of our trained legacy advisers on 01908 84 10 60 – we will do our utmost to honour your wishes.
I’ve decided to leave a gift in my will to World Vision. What do I need to tell my solicitor?
We strongly advise that you use a qualified solicitor to amend an existing will or to include a gift in a new will. Our legacy brochure, For Children. For Change. Forever, contains some suggested wording you could take to your solicitor. Call 01908 84 10 60 to request your pack or download the legacy brochure.
Can I talk to someone who can answer my queries about making a will and leaving a gift to World Vision?
Call our dedicated legacies team 01908 84 10 60 for help and advice. They are not legal or financial advisers, but they can:
• Explain how a gift in your will can help our vital work with children
• Explain the various types of gifts that you can include in your will and their benefits
• Help you find a solicitor in your area
• Talk through the practical steps involved in making or changing a will.
Is it possible for me to see World Vision’s annual accounts and find out more about World Vision’s finances?
Yes, simply click to view our annual reports and accounts »
Give in memory
Donations in memory of a loved one are helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children living in some of the world’s hardest places.
Create an online tribute
...and give in memory of a loved one to celebrate their life and recognise a cause they cared about during their lifetime.
If your loved one was passionate about our aid work or you know that they would have loved to help children in poverty, World Vision offers a number of ways to make a donation in memory of them:
• Create an online tribute: invite charity donations in memory of a loved one by creating a personalised tribute page.
• Donations instead of floral tributes: when a friend or relative dies, many of us
would like to make a donation to their favourite charity rather than send funeral flowers. You can make a one-off donation online or by post at any time, or you can set up a direct debit and donate on a regular basis.
• Projects for funding: if you are able to give £3,000 or more or would like to raise money in memory of your loved one, you might find that a contribution to one of our special projects is particularly rewarding. Sally’s Place – a crèche in Kodumela – is one such example. One that the parents of Sally Nihill have found has kept their daughter’s spirit alive, providing solace for family members and much needed support for the community of Kodumela. Find out more by downloading the story of Sally’s Place.
If you would like to discuss funding a project, please call Karen Bissaker on 01908 84 10 60 or send her an email to explore this option.
• Sponsor a child in memory of your loved one, or if your loved one was already a child sponsor, you could continue the sponsorship that they started. Alternatively, a collection of £50 or more can be sent to benefit the sponsored child, their family and community. To find out more about arranging this, please call Karen Bissaker or a member of the Legacies team on 01908 84 10 60.
Helpful PDF downloads
Give in Memory FAQs
I’ve already made a will – how can I include World Vision?
If you’ve already made a will, all you need to do to include World Vision is complete a short legal form called a codicil. If you need to make any bigger changes, it’s best to contact your solicitor to avoid any mistakes.
Will I know where my donation is going?
Yes, we always try to identify an area of our work that would be an appropriate tribute to your loved one. This may be a gift to their sponsored child's community or a bespoke project for larger donations. However, some people choose to send their remembrance gift to support our General Fund, this means that we can use the donation wherever the need is greatest.
Will I receive feedback about the gifts or projects I have funded?
Yes, our field staff will send us a short report and some photographs to show how a project gift has helped to benefit a sponsored child and their community. If you choose to help support a bespoke project in memory of your loved one, you will receive a project proposal outlining the objectives of the project and a completion report once the project has reached it's goals.
Can I visit the project where I helped to fund something?
Yes, once the project is completed we are able to arrange a visit for you. Please call the remembrance gifts on 01908 84 10 60 so we can help you further with this.
Can I donate regularly in memory of a loved one?
Yes, we can arrange for a regular direct debit to be set up for you to remember your loved ones on dates that are special to you. This could be on their birthday or an anniversary.
If you have any other questions, please call the Remembrance Gifts team on 01908 84 10 60 during office hours or send an email to email@example.com.