By remembering Wild Welfare in your Will, you can make a big difference to wild animals that are suffering under human care. With an estimate of 10,000 captive wild animal facilities worldwide, potentially thousands of animals are suffering around the world. We are working to end the suffering of captive wild animals globally, through practical support and a compassionate-led approach.
Led by animal welfare experts, we create platforms that support the development of trusting partnerships and provide long-term solutions to the most critical issues facing wild animals in captivity.
From elephants to emus, we work with the big, small, cute and ugly – whatever animal needs our help the most. By leaving Wild Welfare a gift, your legacy can help us continue our important work.
Our work is dependent upon the generosity of our supporters. Gifts left in Wills (legacies) are especially important. Gifts may be big or small, but their effect can be huge for animals.
Wildlife facilities such as zoos and wild animal sanctuaries can be inspirational and educational, helping inspire future generations to preserve and protect animals and the planet. But not all facilities are the same.
If you have ever felt concerned or uncomfortable for an animal’s welfare when visiting a zoo, aquarium or wildlife facility, please consider leaving a gift for Wild Welfare. Our work aims to end the suffering of captive wild animals around the world and help ensure every animal is able to thrive and live a good life under human care.
Leaving a gift in your Will to charity is easier than you might think – just follow the following steps:
Updating an existing Will to include a gift to charity – If you want to leave a gift to Wild Welfare but you have already made a Will, that is no problem – there are a couple of ways you can change it.
Write a new Will –The simplest way is to write a new Will. Once written, any Wills made by that person in the past become void. In fact, most Wills will start by reciting that you’re writing a Will and that you’re revoking previous Wills.
The other way is to write a codicil, which is a document used to make changes to an existing Will. It’s used as a way to make simple amendments like adding a charity, changing a gift amount or adding an executor. This is all quite straightforward but problems can occur if you ever want to cancel the Will in the future. When you cancel a Will that contains a codicil, the codicil does not get cancelled automatically, so when you write a new Will it can create inconsistencies and legal problems. To avoid this, make sure that any new Will clearly states that you are revoking all Wills and codicils previously made.
The same considerations apply to gifts to charities as gifts to individuals. In some cases a cash gift will be appropriate, but sometimes it may be preferable to give a share of the residue.
Here are some illustrative clauses from Remember a Charity, that could be included in a will to ensure that a charitable gift does not fail. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.
Pecuniary legacy – I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx) the sum of £ (to be completed) (amount in words) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
Specific legacy – I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx) (description of item) absolutely for the general purposes of the said charity and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
Residuary legacy – I leave to (CHARITY NAME) of (CHARITY ADDRESS) Charity Registration Number: (xxxxxxx) (proportion of residue to be completed) for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.
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