Leave a gift in your will
Leaving a legacy to the Medical Research Foundation for the Africa Research Excellence Fund in your Will is something positive that you can do now that will improve human health in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world after your own death. In writing your Will you may want to take care of your loved ones first. You could then make:
- A gift of a fixed sum to the Medical Research Foundation for research capacity building in Africa (this is known as a pecuniary gift) and can be as large or as small as you wish.
- A gift of the remainder of your estate (or a portion of what is left) to the Medical Research Foundation for research capacity building in Africa (this is known as your residuary estate).
- A specific gift – leaving something valuable to the Medical Research Foundation for capacity building in Africa (the MRF has been left property and even portraits in the past).
- A conditional gift – a gift that you would make if the person you first intended to benefit through your Will died.
Leaving a gift in your Will is a good way for you to make a difference in the future without costing you anything now. Gifts left to a charity in a Will are exempt from inheritance tax.
A professionally drafted Will will ensure that the people and causes that matter to you are provided for after you die. We recommend that you use a Will-writing professional such as a solicitor. If you have already made your Will and you would like to add a gift to the Medical Research Foundation for capacity building in Africa, you can easily add a codicil (an additional part to your Will). Your solicitor can draw this up for you.
Please note that we are unable to provide legal advice. For legal advice on leaving a gift in your Will or making a Will, you should contact a solicitor.
Feedback: If you decide to leave a gift to the Medical Research Foundation it would be helpful for us to know about it. We can then keep you up to date with our activities, if that is what you would like. However, it is not essential that you tell us about your arrangements if you would prefer to keep them private: and we accept that you may wish to change your mind about your gift at any point in the future