Legacy Giving: help young people reach new heights

Leave a gift in your will. Leave a legacy of hope for the next generation.

London Youth is a charity on a mission to make an impact on the lives of young Londoners.

Together with our network of over 600 community youth organisations, we create opportunities for tens of thousands of young Londoners each year to have fun with their friends and to shape the city they live in.

Because of our partners and supporters, we are there to help young people in London grow, find the skills needed to find work and to help them be inspired, ready to make a positive contribution in the future.

For over 130 years we have been championing each generation of young people with outstanding youth work- and we couldn’t do it without people like you.

Will you help us be there for the next generation with a gift in your will?

For more information, please contact Fundraising Officer, Jess, at jess.metson@londonyouth.org.

How will your legacy make a difference?

Last year, we worked with over 27,000 young people through our sports development, employability, youth social action, arts and outdoor education programmes.

Our work gives young people access to opportunities they might not otherwise have had, and engages the communities who simply cannot afford to pay for them.

This generation of young people and the next face some big challenges: poverty, unemployment, mental health. Sadly, young Londoners are disproportionately affected, growing up in a capital that hosts the highest level of child poverty in the UK.

A strong youth club can help them navigate these challenges. A place where they feel safe and can thrive. The projects we lead and the support we provide to hundreds of youth clubs are all free, so that we can begin to close the divide between London’s haves and have-nots.

When you create your legacy gift, it will help generations to come: enabling incredible opportunities and support to make long-term positive change to the lives of young people.

Can I choose how my gift will be spent?

Legacy gifts are so important, so we want you to be confident that your gift will make the greatest impact. Because it’s hard to know when your gift will happen, its useful to be able to use your gift at that time for the greatest good. If you have a view on areas of work that are important to you, please let us know and we can work with the executors of your will to do our best to meet your wishes.

What type of gift can I make?

The main types of gift people make are a share of their estate (called a residuary) or a single gift (called a pecuniary). Many people prefer to give a residuary gift because it keeps in line with inflation and doesn’t lose value over time. Many supporters like to leave a % of their estate after they have looked after friends, family and loved ones.

Wouldn't it be better to help now rather than later?

Lots of supporters like to give in life right now as well as leaving a gift for when they have gone. For many, it allows you to keep giving. For some, it’s now that matters. For others it the confidence of a gift later. All gifts matter to us and we are really grateful for people’s generosity during life and beyond. People have given to us for over 130 years and it’s because of this we have been able to deliver for each generation and those to come.

How do I change or add to an existing will?

The only way to change your will is to either make a new one or add a codicil (which amends your will, rather than replacing it). Like a will, a codicil needs to be properly witnessed to be valid.

Do I need to tell London Youth that I have made a gift in my will?

You don’t need to tell us that you have left a gift in your will, but we would love to hear and thank you. We understand you may want to keep things confidential, and we will of course respect that, but letting us know means we can share with you the difference gifts like yours make. Either way you can talk to us at any time if you need help or guidance.

Are gifts to charity in my will Inheritance Tax free?

Where 10% or more of an estate is left on death to charity the estate will attract a 10% discount on the rate of IHT paid. This means it will attract IHT of 36% instead of 40%. The charitable gift itself is exempt from IHT. We would recommend that you take professional advice so you can manage IHT.

What will my family think?

We believe that family and friends come first, and that a small share after you have looked after them could make such a difference to your charities. It’s a good idea to talk through your plans in life so people understand your wishes.

How can I contact you?

We would love to hear from you whatever your decision. We can advise, hear about your plans, or show you the important work that we do. And we would love to say thank you if you have left a gift or you intend to do so.

Email our Fundraising Officer at jess.metson@londonyouth.org.