Leave a lasting legacy
Like you, Gorta-Self Help Africa wants a world free from hunger and poverty – leaving a legacy is a real way you can support this effort and make an impact for generations to come.
Supported by a legacy – Promise and Prime Ndisasirwa
“In the past we might only eat matoke (a cooked starchy porridge) with beans and salt, but now we eat different food. We are healthier because of it,” says Scovia, who’s expecting the couple’s third child.
“We used to take the girls regularly to the health clinic because of illness, but now look at them,” she adds – pointing to her energetic daughters Promise and Prime as they play nearby.
Gastone and Scovia were amongst dozens of households from Kikyenkye village in South-Western Uganda who were trained in household food production. They have learned how to optimise what they grow on their small plot, and also received seed to allow them to start growing different fruit and vegetable crops.
Not only is the family healthier, but Gastone says he has begun to look at his land in a different way.
“Before, I used to think that this plot was too small to support a family. Now, I am optimistic about the future, especially for my children. I am going to continue working hard. I think we have a very bright future.”
Niamh from Carlow was one of many to leave a legacy gift which transformed the lives of the Ndisasirwa family and many others like them.
Legacies can take a number of different forms – read below to find out about different types of legacies or for advice on writing or changing your will.
Writing your will
Legacies can take a number of different forms – click the boxes to the right to find out about different types of legacies or for advice on writing or changing your will.
A Pecuniary Bequest
This is a gift of a specific amount of money. Example: “I give to Gorta-Self Help Africa, of Kingsbridge House, 17-23 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 registered charity no. 5678 the sum of …..(in figures) and (amount in words) for the general purposes of the charity and I direct that a receipt of the treasurer or other duly authorised officer of the charity shall be sufficient discharge for my executors.”
A Residuary Bequest
This is a gift of the residue of your estate, or share of the residence after other bequests to your family and friends have been made, and any debts, taxes and expenses have been paid. Example: “I give devise and bequeath… (all / share) of the residue of my estate to Gorta-Self Help Africa, of Kingsbridge House, 17-23 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 registered charity no.5678 the sum of … (in figures) and (amount in words) for the general purposes of the charity and I direct that the receipt(s) of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer of the charity shall be sufficient discharge for my executors.”
A Specific Request
This is the gift of a particular item of value; this could include property stocks, shares, proceeds of a life assurance policy, furniture, jewellery etc. Example: “Give devise and bequeath to Gorta-Self Help Africa, of Kingsbridge House, 17-23 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 registered charity no.5678 my …(description of the item) for the purposes of the charity and I direct that a receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer of the charity shall be sufficient discharge for my executors.”
The idea of making a will may seem daunting, but actually it is a swift, simple and inexpensive process. Once it’s done it can bring great peace of mind to you and your loved ones. This simple list below can help you prepare writing your Will.
- Make a list of all your assets with their approximate value. List any and all your liabilities.
- Choose the person(s) you would like to look after your financial affairs (your executors). Ensure that the person(s) you select is willing to act in this role.
- Decide how to divide your assets, bearing in mind your obligations to your nearest and dearest.
- Visit your solicitor to discuss your plans and to allow him/her to prepare your will. S/he should advise you in terms of the tax implications of leaving legacies to family, friends or charities.
- For a list of solicitors in Ireland please see www.thelawsociety.ie – phone them at 01 6724800 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you decide to include a gift to Gorta-Self Help Africa, your solicitor can
write this into your will.
- Remember – a gift to a charity in your will is deducted before Capital Acquisitions is applied.
- If you like – advise Gorta-Self Help Africa that you are leaving us a gift in your will. It will help us to plan for the future and most importantly, give us the opportunity to say thank you – if you would like to remain anonomous or don’t want to share your plans – that’s fine too!
our promise to you
- We fully understand that taking care of your family and your loved ones must always come first.
- We recognise that your Will is personal and private to you and we promise you that we will respect your privacy at all times and will act in strictest confidence.
- If you specify in your Will how and where you would like your gift to be used by Gorta Self Help Africa we will always work to honour your wishes.
- We promise you that we will use your gift as carefully and as cost effectively as possible so that it brings maximum impact to those whom we work with in Africa.
- At any time in the future we recognise that you have the absolute right to change your mind about a gift in your Will to Gorta Self Help Africa.