The Founders’ Legacy

“My wife and I set up the charity in 2003 and our legacy is that we’ve created the incredible organisation which is Ripple Africa, focusing on providing sustainable futures in Malawi for generations to come. What started as a relatively small charity running education and healthcare projects has expanded to become one of the most effective environment and conservation charities in Malawi, with the projects all now run by our inspired and trusted Malawian teams.

You too could be part of this legacy by leaving a gift to Ripple Africa in your Will. This is one of the best ways to ensure that Ripple Africa’s work continues into the future.”

Securing Ripple Africa’s Future

How do you include a charity in your will? Firstly, everyone should have an up to date Will, regardless of age and especially if you travel a lot. A Will means you can determine what happens to your money, property and belongings. It gives you peace of mind – and it also saves your close family unnecessary stress at an unavoidably distressing time.

A great benefit of including a charity in your will and leaving a legacy to Ripple Africa is that it is effectively a major gift postponed: it costs you nothing in your lifetime. You might want to earmark your legacy for a specific project, or you can leave the trustees of the charity to decide where best to use it when the time comes.

Without an up to date Will, the government’s intestacy laws decide what happens to your money and property – sometimes with outcomes you won’t have expected. Having a Will avoids all that.

How To Include a Charity in Your Will

One of the main reasons people do not get round to writing their Will is that they worry that it is complicated. Our Will Planner helps you to consider all the key questions and how to include a charity in your will.

If you have a solicitor already and you would like them to write your Will, just make an appointment. It might be useful to take the completed Will Planner with you.

If you are 50 years old or more, you can contact us if you would like to use a Network solicitor. We will need your address to provide a choice of solicitors near you.

What Kind of Gift Can I Make?

When considering how to include a charity in your will, there are three types of gift people usually make:

  • a cash sum (what the legal folk call a pecuniary legacy) – for example £500 or £5,000;
  • a share of your estate (known as a residuary legacy) which means that, having made all your other gifts to family and friends, you leave the rest to your favourite cause; and
  • a specific legacy – it could be jewellery, a collection or property.

The solicitor will discuss the options with you.

Family sitting by their fuel efficient cookstove in Malawi
A group of secondary students say thank you from Africa
A happy smiling Malawian family