Making a Will or updating your existing Will is the only way to ensure that those you love will be looked after and that your legacy benefits the people and causes that you really care about.

Leaving a legacy to IWCT is an incredibly generous gesture and one which makes such an impact on succeeding in our animal welfare campaigns.

It was thanks to a legacy that we were able to purchase the land where the new Treatment Centre has been built.

By deciding to remember IWCT in your Will, you will help us to continue our work rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, reducing cruelty to animals and conserving endangered species. Thanks to you we will be there to rescue and protect animals from cruelty, not just today but forever.

If you’d like to discuss this with us in more detail please contact us.

What you need to know about making a Will:

  1. Start by identifying your assets.
  2. Decide who you want to benefit from your Will (including IWCT if you wish) and make a list of their names and addresses.
  3. Decide who you wish to be executors of your Will. It is usual to have two executors, in case one isn’t available when the time comes. They are often a family member, a trusted friend or a solicitor.
  4. Take all of these details to a legal adviser, who will draw up your Will. We strongly advise that you do not attempt to ‘do it yourself’. A home-made Will can often lead to trouble as it may be ruled invalid by the courts if it fails to meet all legal requirements. For help finding a solicitor you can visit the Law Society website www.lawsociety.org.uk or you can speak to Citizens’ Advice.
  5. Make a copy of your Will, and ensure someone you trust knows where the original Will is kept.
  6. If you are remembering IWCT in your Will, thank you. If you would like to let us know, please consider returning the attached form in the return envelope, as knowing this will help us plan for the future.

Changing your Will:

Many people make a Will and assume that is all that is required. However, circumstances can change and so it is always advisable to take a fresh look at your Will every few years.

If you want to avoid rewriting your Will completely you can also add a codicil, which would enable you to include a new beneficiary, ensuring that the other provisions remain untouched.

The Types of Gifts you can leave:

There are three main gifts that you can leave in your Will.

  • A RESIDUARY GIFT: This is when you set aside a portion of anything that remains after all bequests and funeral expenses have been paid. This gift helps make sure that loved ones are taken care of first.
  • A PECUNIARY GIFT: This is a gift of a specified sum of money.  All gifts will make a difference but it’s worth noting that the eventual value of this type of gift is likely to be impacted by inflation.
  • A SPECIFIC GIFT: This is a gift of a specific, named item e.g. property or work of art.

The Wording that is required:

  1. Below is the suggested wording needed if you wish to include IWCT in your Will.


    Many people choose this type of gift as it is the most helpful, allowing us to use your gift wherever the need is greatest for the animals at the time it is received. An unrestricted gift can be residuary or pecuniary and the following wording is suggested:

    “I give the sum of £_______(or specify % of estate) to the International Wildlife Coalition Trust, 141A High St, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5AX (registered charity number 1035381) for its general purposes.”


    You can also specify how or where you’d like your gift to be used by leaving a restricted gift. If you wish to leave a restricted gift, please contact us to discuss the area that you’d like to support. For a restricted gift the following wording is suggested:

    “I give the sum of £________(or specify % of estate) to the International Wildlife Coalition Trust, 141A High St, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5AX (registered charity number 1035381) for its general purpose and I express the wish, but without creating any binding trust that this legacy be used in the (specify) areas.

Some other helpful information:

  • Family can still come first: You don’t have to choose between looking after loved ones or the animals, you can use your Will to do both.
  • Reducing Inheritance Tax: Leaving a gift to charity in your Will can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that your estate will pay, meaning that more will go to loved ones and the animals.

What your legacy will mean for IWCT:

  • The International Wildlife Coalition Trust (IWCT) is one of the world’s leading conservation organisations and is a constant opponent to animal cruelty.

    Leaving a gift to IWCT will mean that we are able to consider:

    • extending current projects
    • new wildlife projects
    • planning for the future

    Please contact us if you’d like to leave IWCT a legacy in your will. Thank you.

IWCT adoption programme