A legacy with IMPACT

Leaving a legacy to IMPACT is an enduring gift and will help us to prevent and treat needless disability for future generations. We think very carefully about how we use every bequest to ensure that the special gifts entrusted to our care are invested wisely to benefit this and future generations.

The information on this page is not exhaustive and we recommend taking independent professional advice when writing your will.

Please download our leaflet for more information:
‘A Legacy with IMPACT’ Leaflet (PDF)

Things you need to make a will

You need a clear and detailed statement of your estate. A list of your assets (what you own) and a list of your liabilities (what you owe) are necessary. Once you have made an assessment of their value, you will see whether you are liable for inheritance tax.

You should compile a list of the names and addresses of those you wish to benefit from your will.

You will need to nominate an Executor to see that your wishes are carried out after your death. It is usual to appoint more than one. A professional person, your solicitor or your bank will act as an Executor but they will charge a fee.

You must sign your will in the presence of two witnesses. They must not be beneficiaries of the will or related to them.

Professional advice can be valuable and solicitors will tell you what their services cost.

Once you have made a will, keep it in a safe place. It is good practice to leave your will with a solicitor or your bank and keep a photocopy at your own home.

With good planning inheritance tax can be reduced or avoided

The first part of any estate is free from inheritance tax. At present, anything given to a spouse or to a registered charity is free of inheritance tax. The starting level and rate of inheritance tax can vary with any Budget; your solicitor or financial advisor can advise you of the current position. Information is also available on the internet.

If the value of your estate means that you will incur inheritance tax, you should seek professional advice as it is possible, with good planning of your lifetime giving and your will, to reduce or avoid the tax.

The different types of charitable bequest

Residuary Legacy

The ‘residue’ of an estate is what is left after all the other bequests, taxes, and debts have been paid. If you decide to leave all or part of the residue of your estate to IMPACT you should take your solicitor’s advice about how best to write your will. This will ensure that the tax exemptions for charities are applied to the best advantage of your estate as a whole. The following wording could be used:

“I give to the IMPACT Foundation, 151 Western Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3LH (Registered Charity No. 290992)………………….of the residue of my estate for its general purposes.”

Pecuniary Legacy

A ‘pecuniary’ legacy specifies a fixed sum of money. It is important to bear in mind that the value of a pecuniary gift will decrease over time as the cost of living rises.

“I give to the IMPACT Foundation, 151 Western Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3LH (Registered Charity No. 290992) the sum of £……………. for its general purposes.”

Specific Legacy

A ‘specific’ legacy relates to a particular item such as stocks and shares, proceeds of a life insurance policy, property or land, jewellery and the like.

“I give to the IMPACT Foundation, 151 Western Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3LH (Registered Charity No. 290992) my……………… for its general purposes.”

If you wish your legacy to be used for a specific part of IMPACT’s work, we suggest adding the following words after “purposes” – “and I request that the same be used to further the work of the IMPACT Foundation in………………” (including the country or the specific type of action to be supported). In cases of this kind, please contact IMPACT before finalising your will to ensure that your wishes can be met.


If you wish to leave a capital sum, the interest of which is to be used to support part of IMPACT’s work, please contact us for further discussion.

Changing your existing will

With a codicil

If you would like to change an existing will to add a gift to IMPACT, you can use a codicil (a simple form obtained from a solicitor). This should be kept with your will but not attached to it. Like a will, a codicil needs to be signed and witnessed.

A codicil is fine for adding a simple bequest to your existing will but if the gift is more complicated, such as leaving the residue of your estate, you should seek legal advice.

The Individual Impact

Miss D’s legacy

Miss D. entrusted the majority of her estate to IMPACT in her will. She was IMPACT’s first volunteer, working with us for a decade.

After careful consideration, we invested her gift in projects that had always been close to her heart. For example, reflecting her love of children, we used Miss D.’s legacy to put hundreds of young Indian people, paralysed by polio, back on their feet again.

Other legacies have enabled IMPACT to launch projects in East Africa and the UK.