After you have taken care of your loved ones, a legacy gift in your Will to Gingerbread could make a huge difference by helping us to provide a lifetime of support to thousands of single parents who need it. A legacy is any gift left in a person’s Will – an instruction for part of your estate to be given to an individual or an organisation. Leaving a gift to Gingerbread could make a real difference.

Why should I leave a gift in my Will?

There are 1.7 million single parents in Britain – that’s almost one in four families with children. Financial insecurity, stigma and social isolation are issues faced by single parents every day. Gingerbread helps tackle these insecurities and stigma, with the goal of creating a society in which single parents are valued and where they, and their children, are treated equally and fairly. But we need your support to do more – a gift in your Will, no matter how large or small, will help us get nearer to this goal.

Aside from supporting Gingerbread, there are a number of reasons why you should consider making a Will:

  • Make your wishes known – Without a Will, what happens to your estate will be decided by the law. Writing a Will ensures the people that matter to you most will be looked after in the way you want them to
  • Naming a guardian for your child – If you have children, appointing a guardian ensures that a person you choose will care for them if either one or both parents die. If you don’t name a guardian for them, the court will appoint one
  • Looking after your loved ones – Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will in place
  • Save on inheritance tax – In some cases, having a Will can help to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that needs to be paid on your estate
I am really relieved that Gingerbread does the work and campaigning it does, not least with the recent Tax Credit cuts and U-turn. Thank you.

How can I leave a gift?

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will is much simpler than you might think. All you will need to do is take along to your solicitors our full name, registered address and charity number to set up your legacy gift.

  • Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families
  • 520 Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1TL
  • Registered charity number 230750.

We promise to use your gift carefully and cost effectively to ensure that it has the greatest benefit to single parent families. However, if you do wish for your gift to be used in a particular area of our work, please express your preference as a wish:

‘I would like my gift to Gingerbread to be used in their general activities, with a wish that it be directed towards…’

This is because Gingerbread’s work will continue to evolve in the time between writing your Will and the gift being fulfilled, and it may be difficult to fulfill your wish if it is too specific.

Legacy giving FAQs:

Why should I leave a gift in my Will to Gingerbread?

Single parents can get the short straw. Austerity is cutting services and the support they rely on, making it harder for them to afford childcare, to find a job, and to juggle work and family when they are on their own.

Single parents need practical help to sort out finances, childcare, work opportunities. Gingerbread can help with that. We can also make sure that the voice of single parent families is heard when policies and services that will affect them, are designed.  But we need money to help more single parents – and that’s where you come in.  A legacy can help make life fair and a bit easier for single parents and their children.

How do I make a gift in my Will to Gingerbread?

Leaving a gift to charity in your Will is much simpler than you might think. Although we have provided you with some wording in this guide, we suggest that you consult a solicitor, who will be able to advise you on the best way to word your gift. Please remember to use our full name, registered address and charity number:

  • Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families
  • 520 Highgate Studios, 53-79 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1TL
  • Registered charity number 230750

How will you use my gift?

Your gift will be used where it is most needed by single parents – whether that’s helping our advice and helpline service offer single parent expert and practical advice and support, our back to work programmes offer access to training, career development and employment opportunities, or our policy work which makes sure the voices of single parents are heard when polices and services are designed, to ensure an environment in which single parents and their families can thrive.

Can I leave my gift to benefit a specific area of Gingerbread’s work?

We promise to use your gift carefully and cost effectively to ensure that it has the greatest benefit to single parent families. However, if you do wish for your gift to be used in a particular area of our work, please express your preference as a wish:

‘I would like my gift to Gingerbread to be used in their general activities, with a wish that it be directed towards…’

This is because Gingerbread’s work will continue to evolve in the time between writing your Will and the gift being fulfilled, and it may be difficult to fulfill your wish if it is too specific.

Do I have enough money to leave a gift in my Will?

We know that there are many people and causes that you may like to remember, and we understand that your family come first. But a gift of any size – even one per cent of whatever is left over after you have provided for your loved ones – will be deeply appreciated by Gingerbread and the families we support.

Are there different types of legacy?

Yes. There are different types, which include:

  • A proportion of your estate – also known as a residuary legacy, is a percentage of what remains of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid.
  • A specific sum – also called a pecuniary legacy, is a gift of a set amount.
  • A specific item such as jewelry, property or shares.
  • A reversionary gift allows you to leave your estate to your loved ones while they are living, but after they pass away the gift you intended for Gingerbread will revert to us.

Will my gift affect the inheritance tax payable on my estate?

Charitable gifts are not liable for inheritance tax, and leaving a gift to Gingerbread in your will could substantially reduce or entirely eliminate the amount of inheritance tax that will be due on your estate. Ask your solicitor for more information.

How will my gift be acknowledged?

You can choose the level to which we acknowledge your gift – it can remain anonymous, or we can acknowledge the gift in our annual report and accounts. You can let us know your wishes by using this form.

If you have already left us a gift in your Will and would like to receive regular updates on Gingerbread’s work, please let us know using the response form enclosed or by contacting our fundraising team at fundraisingteam@gingerbread.org.uk or calling 0207 428 5438.

I live outside England and Wales. Does this information apply to me?

Much of this information is still valid if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland, but variations in the law mean that you should consult your solicitor who will be able to tell you how these might affect you.

How else can I support Gingerbread?

One of the best ways you can support Gingerbread is by making a donation or beginning a regular gift. You can do this online at www.gingerbread.org.uk or by contacting the fundraising team on 0207 428 5431 or fundraisingteam@gingerbread.org.uk.