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Leaving a gift in your Will

Thank you so much for considering leaving a gift in your Will to Stonewall. We know it's a big decision and we really appreciate you taking the time to consider supporting us in this very special way. 

We imagine a world where LGBTQ+ people everywhere are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full. Stonewall will continue to stand with, and fight for, the freedom, equity and potential of all LGBTQ+ people. Until the world we imagine is the world we live in.

By remembering Stonewall in your Will, you’ll always be with us as we secure a future to be proud of.

A message of thanks from our CEO, Nancy Kelley

For over 30 years, we’ve been involved in every major social and legal battle for LGBTQ+ equality in the UK. We’ve gone from a world where our relationships were criminalised to one where we have equal rights to love. And, for those of us who want to, equal rights to marry or have children. 

We are so proud of what we have achieved with our supporters’ help, but we know more change is desperately needed. We all have a part to play in creating a world where everyone, everywhere can be themselves, and your support can make all the difference.

Gifts in Wills are incredibly important for Stonewall – they mean that we can plan for the future and have an even greater impact.

Thank you so much for considering this special way of giving and helping us secure a brighter future for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

What will your legacy be?

Freedom​

Human rights tell a powerful story about the kind of world we choose to live in, and the kind of world we want to build. We imagine a world where LGBTQ+ people have the same rights as everybody else. Where the laws of our home countries, and of countries internationally, shield us from harm and allow us to live openly, unapologetically, and proudly.

We will fight for the freedoms of LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Alongside our global partners, we will tackle the destructive and harmful anti-trans movement. We will build and protect human rights frameworks so that LGBTQ+ people have the tools we need to protect our lives and our communities.

Equity

When we think of equity, we imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people experience justice. That means not only equal opportunities, but equitable outcomes. We recognise that equitable outcomes look different for each of us, and that many of us face different barriers in our lives based on our identities and experiences.

We will work to understand and address the particularly stark inequities experienced by our community elders, LBTQ+ women, trans people, bi people, those of us who are people of colour, have a faith, are asexual and aromantic, are disabled, living in poverty, or from a working-class background.

Potential

We believe that LGBTQ+ people, across the world and across every stage of our lives, have limitless potential.

We imagine a world where each and every one of us is proud of who we are, whether we’re out to the world or just to ourselves. We imagine our pride driving us to use our potential in whatever way we like – whether that’s by thriving in our careers, nurturing our creativity, living authentically, building a family, or feeling truly part of our communities. We want all LGBTQ+ people to not only dream big, but to have the resources needed to make our dreams a reality.

You can leave a legacy that gives everyone, everywhere the freedom to be themselves.

Why is it so important to write a Will?

Your Will may be one of the most important documents you ever write. It allows you to choose who will receive your estate (property, possessions and money) and who will look after any children and/or pets you care for after you pass away.

You can also appoint a personal representative to ensure your wishes are met. This could include specific funeral arrangements, your chosen name, your preferred pronouns and which clothes you would like to be buried in.

Leaving a gift to charity may help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that might be payable on your estate (we always recommend speaking with a solicitor about Tax implications).

If you pass away without a valid Will, then your estate will be distributed in accordance with the official government rules of intestacy, meaning your loved ones may not be provided for.

What type of gift can I leave?

There are four types of gifts in Wills; residuary, pecuniary, specific and reversionary. We always recommend that you use a solicitor to make sure your Will is both legally effective and valid.

Residuary

A residuary legacy is a percentage of what remains of your estate once your loved ones have been provided for and any debts or expenses have been deducted.

Many supporters choose to leave this type of gift as it keeps pace with inflation and they don't need to worry whether a specific sum will be enough or too much.

Pecuniary

This is a gift of a specified sum of money of your choosing.

It is worth remembering that if you do decide to leave this type of gift, it is important to review it from time to time as inflation can reduce its value.

Specific

This is a gift of a specific item, such as a piece of jewellery, an antique or a property.

Reversionary

This is a gift you leave to someone for a set period of time, before it passes to another beneficiary. For example, you may wish for a loved one to live in your house for their lifetime, before it is left to charity when they pass away.

What information do I need?

To leave a gift to Stonewall, your solicitor will need our name, address and charity number:

Stonewall Equality Ltd

192 St John Street London

EC1V 4JY

UK Registered Charity Number: 1101255

Write your Will for free

Writing your Will today is simple, quick and affordable. Stonewall has partnered with online Will writing specialists, Kwil and Farewill, to offer our supporters the opportunity to write your Will for free.

You can write your Will either online or over the phone, in as little as 15 minutes, from the comfort of your own home. If you choose the online option, you’ll have live support from a team of experts with the option to pick up the phone at any time!

Kwil

Kwil offers online and telephone Wills to Stonewall supporters in England and Wales at no cost to you or Stonewall.

Simply visit Kwil and use the code ‘STONEWALL’ to claim your free Will or call 0800 061 4934 to speak with a Will writing expert.

Farewill

Farewill offers online and telephone Wills to Stonewall supporters throughout the UK. Your Will is paid for by Stonewall at no extra cost to you.

Simply visit Farewill and use the code ‘Stonewall21’ to claim your free Will. Alternatively, visit their website to request a callback or call 020 8050 2686 directly to book a telephone Will appointment. Please remember to notify the Customer Service team at the start of the call that you are a Stonewall supporter.

While there’s no obligation to leave Stonewall a gift in your Will, we hope once your loved ones are taken care of, you’ll consider remembering Stonewall. Thank you.

Meet our legacy pledgers

"The ethics and values Stonewall represents are extremely close to my heart as an LGBTQIA+ person, it's important for me to support those values in action and legacy."

Laura-May, 36

“I have been a supporter of Stonewall for a long time. They have helped transform my workplace over the years. I have also had the privilege to attend the Leadership programme in 2014. Those three day were tremendous in helping me and my family resolve the issues that had been unspoken. Stonewall has helped me so much. I want to help others in the same way.” 

Rob, 47

“I believe the work Stonewall does is incredibly important. I am bisexual and know that wider society still has a long way to go to fully embrace people who are LGBTQ+. My hope is that one day nobody will have to come out of any closet- because there won't be any closets to be trapped within. Therefore, I chose to name Stonewall because the kind of future I want there to be is one in which everyone can live free from both fear of discrimination and suffering, just for being who you are.”

Laura, 28

“I'm leaving a gift to Stonewall in my will because the work to achieve true equality for LGBTQ+ individuals is yet to be achieved. There have been incredible changes made throughout history to support LGBTQ+ people, but we still have a long way to go and so much work to be done. I hope that, by remembering Stonewall in my will, I can contribute to that change.”

Georgia, 27

“Stonewall has always been a terrific resource for me over the years. From providing information at a time when I was struggling to understand who I was and introducing me to a group of people that helped and continue to help me on that journey. To reassuring me that things will also be OK for all the young people coming to terms with their own feelings and finding their own personal paths. It seemed like a logical step to continue helping in the small way I can once I’m not able to actively contribute.”

Alastair, 39

Read our case studies from Rod and Howard and Natalie and Nuala on why they have chosen to remember Stonewall in their Wills.

Our promise to you

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to Stonewall in your Will. We understand that this decision is a deeply personal one and we promise to always:

  • Respect your privacy - we'll never pressure you to declare your intentions.
  • Always respect and understand that your family and loved ones come first.
  • We pledge to make the best use of your gift, to continue our vital work to achieve freedom, equity and potential for all LGBTQ+ people.
  • We'll inform you of the difference a gift like yours makes and how it improves the lives of LGBTQ+ communities everywhere.
  • We will be here to answer any questions you have, whenever you have them, in a way that suits you.
  • Respect your right to change your mind about your gift at any time.
Lifelong Friends

We'd love to know if you have mentioned us in your Will, or plan to, as we'd really appreciate the chance to say thank you and welcome you to Stonewall as a Lifelong Friend. You'll receive an exclusive pin badge, unique insights into our work and invitations to bespoke events.

We absolutely promise that any information you share with us will be kept in the strictest confidence.

A donation to Stonewall with Kingsley Napley law firm

Kingsley Napley, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supports individuals and businesses in safeguarding their futures. Kingsley Napley was established in 1937 and is a highly regarded law firm with 11 practice areas. Many people in the UK pass away without making a valid Will. This can lead to uncertainty around the financial protection of your loved ones and a disregard for your wishes.

Our private client team works with many clients who have assets in multiple jurisdictions and complex business structures, high-value real estate or other assets. They will break down complex areas of law and provide clients with careful and coordinated planning and advice.

For more information please visit our website and get in touch with a member of our team.

We are delighted to donate £100 to Stonewall for anyone appointing us to write their Will and who also leaves a legacy to Stonewall – simply mention this to your solicitor when they prepare your Will.

Life insurance with Legacy Life Cover

If your partner, children or relatives depend on your income to cover their living expenses, you may decide to take out a life insurance policy should anything happen to you. But with so many companies and price comparison sites offering policies, choosing the best one for you can be confusing.

Legacy Life Cover is offering our supporters free financial advice to find you the best life insurance policy available. They search over 50 of the UK’s leading insurance companies and have access to the best prices on the market.

What's more, when you take out a policy through Legacy Life Cover, they will add up to £10,000 to your policy which you can leave as a legagy donation to a nominatedcharity. 

This additional gift costs nothing to either you or your chosen charity. Almost like a social enterprise, this it Legacy Life Cover’s way of saying thank you and giving people the opportunity to support a cause close to their heart.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about leaving a gift in your Will, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us by emailing legacy@stonewall.org.uk or calling 020 7593 1853.

Thank you so much for considering this special way of giving to Stonewall.