Registered Charity Number 1165941

LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL

After taking care of loved ones, leaving a gift in your Will to Wild Welfare is an amazing way to continue making a difference for animals who are suffering under human care. Your gift can make a big difference to animals in deplorable conditions in zoos and aquariums around the world.

With an estimate of 10,000 captive wild animal facilities worldwide, potentially thousands of animals are suffering around the world. Our vision is 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, providing 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. 

Zoos can be inspirational and educational, helping inspire future generations to preserve and protect animals and the planet. But not all zoos are the same.

If you have ever felt concerned or uncomfortable for an animal’s welfare when visiting a zoo, 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 all zoos are good zoos. 

Our Promise to You

We value any gift given to us, large or small. When you leave a gift to Wild Welfare in your will, our promise to you is to make lasting changes for animals that are suffering. We will use your gift efficiently and effectively, funding projects and services to help those animals that need it the most.
We will be sensitive and compassionate at all times and while we hope you see the benefit in gifting to Wild Welfare, you have the right to change your mind at any time. 
Please remember Wild Welfare in your will to make a difference for animals
Contact Us
Please email Victoria Fanthorpe at legacies@wildwelfare.org if you want to ask any questions about leaving a gift in your will. Thank you for considering Wild Welfare.

How do I create a Will and ensure I can leave a gift to Wild Welfare?

Leaving a gift in your Will to charity is easier than you might think – just follow the following steps:

  1. Ensure you have our name, address and registered charity number. 
  2. Find a solicitor or professional Will writer to write your Will. Use Remember a Charity solicitor finder to find qualified advisors in your local area
  3. Read Remember A Charity guide on making a Will for advice on what you need to consider when writing your Will
  4. Provide your solicitor or Will writer with details of Wild Welfare

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.

What kind of gift can I leave Wild Welfare?

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.

Visit Remember a Charity for further information and advice.

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OTHER WAYS TO DONATE

Download our donation form and return your donation to us by post. Please make cheques payable to Wild Welfare.
To make donations in various currencies (inc. Euros, Australian Dollars & Hong Kong Dollars), visit our partners at JustGiving.
Make a donation directly into our bank account. Download our bank transfer form for our banking details.
To donate in multiple currencies and find out more about donating to our projects, visit our GlobalGiving page.

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Find Out More

From conducting welfare assessments in zoos and delivering hands-on training with zoo staff to developing educational materials, addressing legislation gaps in wild animal welfare governance and carrying out research, our work is varied and vast, but is absolutely focussed on improving welfare for wild animals living in captivity around the world.
Read our latest project updates on the News and Blog page
Learn More about our individual projects on Our Projects page