Yet making a will can mean so much more. Leaving a gift to Stonewall in your will is one of the most significant ways to support Stonewall and help future generations of lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the world.
We’ve come so far in our 25 year history, particularly with equal adoption rights, civil partnerships and equal marriage - which finally give gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. No longer will same-sex partners fear the loss of their home when their loved ones die or feel the impact of unfair inheritance taxes.
But, we still have Lots To Do to completely change hearts and minds and eradicate homophobia around the world.
That’s why, although we’ve made remarkable progress, we won’t stop until every lesbian, gay and bisexual person – from every background, every neighbourhood and every parish around the world – can live their life without fear of discrimination.
By leaving a gift in your will to Stonewall, you’ll be helping us to continue the fight against homophobia for as long as we’re needed. If we’ve come this far, imagine where we’ll be in the next 25 years?
It may be easier to leave a legacy gift to Stonewall than you think. Simply direct your gift to Stonewall Equality Ltd, Tower Building, York Road, London, SE1 7NX (Registered charity number 1101255) when making your will. You can either leave a fixed sum ('Pecuniary Legacy') or part/all of your estate once other gifts have been distributed ('Residuary Legacy').
You may find the following wording useful if choosing to leave a Residuary Legacy:
"Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give the whole/ ___% of my estate not otherwise disposed of by this my Will to Stonewall Equality Ltd (UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255) of Tower Building, York Road, London, SE1 7NX, for the general purposes of Stonewall and I declare that the receipt of their Treasurer or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge."
Please do let us know if you decide to leave a legacy gift to Stonewall as we’d love to welcome you as a Lifelong Friend. Lifelong Friends receive a unique purple Stonewall pin, bespoke communications about our work and are invited to a number of intimate events, such as:
Event: An afternoon celebrating Stonewall's 25 year history and discussing our future
When: Friday 21 February 2014, 15:00 - 17:00
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
The afternoon takes place in Bishopsgate Institute's beautiful Victorian library and includes a tour around the Institute and its Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA), a discussion with Stonewall's new Chief Executive, Ruth Hunt, as well as lovely tea and cake!
This event is the first of its kind, so we welcome any feedback on location or nature of events for the future.
If you’d like to know more about leaving a gift in your will to Stonewall and becoming a Lifelong Friend, please contact Lynn on 020 7593 1876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.