Legacy Giving

Why leave a legacy to PhotoVoice?

PhotoVoice relies on funding from a wide range of sources, including donations. Remembering PhotoVoice by leaving a gift in your will can help us develop and run our innovative projects well into the future, buy cameras and equipment, support exhibitions of of beneficiaries’ work – enabling us to help underrepresented communities across the world to have their voice heard through photography and bring about positive social change. 

How leaving a gift in your Will can help

The majority of our funding goes towards designing and delivering programmes with underrepresented communities and individuals. It can take weeks and months to prepare a project, but this time ensures that our projects are ethically responsible, will positively help our participants, will contribute to debates, policy and campaigns, as well as help support other organisations in their work.  

Much of this preparation time is unfunded but is of vital importance, and your legacy gift can help us to design and deliver the most effective and ethical projects possible. 

You can even specify a particular project or issue that your gift will support.

“Before I was a simple housewife, but now that I am part of PhotoVoice, I feel that my messages are being communicated beyond me and I am making a difference.”

Project Participant, MAMPU

“I like photography because photographs stay forever. 100 years later people will still see them and remember that this person did some good; that this person is still here, still standing.”

Project Participant, New Londoners

“From photography I received a good learning. My ambition is to become a journalist. My photos show tsunami victims. I wish to thank Annie and Gilly who came to teach us photography. I hope these photographs will help the tsunami victims.”

Project Participant, Making Waves

How to leave a legacy to PhotoVoice

If you would like to leave a legacy to PhotoVoice you can do so by giving a gift in your will. If you are kindly considering leaving a gift in your will to PhotoVoice, then the following wording can be used

Residuary gift to PhotoVoice  

I give [state proportion e.g. one third] of the residue of my estate to PhotoVoice (Registered Charity No. 1096598) to be used for their general charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of their Director or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.  

Pecuniary gift to PhotoVoice  

I give free of tax to PhotoVoice (Registered Charity No. 1096598) the sum of [amount in words] (£____ [amount in figures]) to be used for their general charitable purposes, and I declare that the receipt of their Director or other proper officer shall be a full and sufficient discharge.  

Reversionary gift to PhotoVoice  

My Executors shall hold [details of assets] (the “Trust Fund”) upon the following trusts;  

a. The income of the Trust Fund shall be paid to [insert beneficiary e.g. my husband/wife/civil partner], [insert name of beneficiary], during his/her lifetime.  

b. My Executors may, at any time during of lifetime of the [name of beneficiary above] pay or apply the whole or any part of the Trust Fund in which [name of beneficiary above] is then entitled to an interest in possession to [him/her] for [his/her] advancement or otherwise for [his/her] benefit in such manner as my Executors shall in their discretion see fit.  

c. Subject to sub-clauses a and b above, the capital and the income of the Trust Fund shall be held upon trust for PhotoVoice (Registered Charity No. 1096598) for its general charitable purposes.  

d. I direct that the receipt of a person who appears to be the Director, Deputy Director or other proper officer of PhotoVoice shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.  

Additional wording if you wish to support a specific area of PhotoVoice’s work  

I express the wish that the said sum be applied for the purposes of xxx [e.g. new projects/educational work]  

Suggested wording for specific gifts (non financial)  

If you are kindly considering leaving a specific gift in your will to PhotoVoice, then the following wording can be used:  


I give to PhotoVoice my _____________ [including all my vested and contingent copyright and other intellectual property rights subsisting in the same].  

Photographs or other works of art on paper  

I give to PhotoVoice those of the works on paper found in my studio as the Trustees may in their absolute discretion select and I declare that the receipt of PhotoVoice for those of the said works selected as aforesaid signed on behalf of the said Trustees by the Director of PhotoVoice shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.

If you have already made a will and now wish to add PhotoVoice as a beneficiary, you can ask a solicitor to help you complete a simple Codicil form. A Codicil is a legal document that is used to make minor changes to your will. You will need to sign the form in the presence of two independent witnesses and should keep it in a safe place along with your will. A beneficiary of your will or their spouse or civil partner cannot witness your Codicil.  

The above is provided for guidance only. We recommend that you take professional advice from a solicitor to ensure the legacy meets your personal circumstances.

If you have already remembered PhotoVoice or intend to do so, please complete the form bellow. This will enable us to thank you and to appropriately stay in touch. Alternatively you can print out and send this PDF version – Legacy Form

Legacy Form

First Name*:

Address 1:
Address 2:

I intend to include PhotoVoice in my Will
I have already included PhotoVoice in my Will
I would like to find out more about how a legacy can help PhotoVoice

Contact us to find out more

If you would like to discuss how you could  remember PhotoVoice in your will, we would be happy to talk to you about how your gift could benefit our future work. 

You can send an email to info@photovoice.org or call +44(0)33 3011 7781


Frequently used terms

Beneficiary: A person or organisation who will receive a gift in your will.   

Codicil: A supplement to your will to make a change or addition to your existing will.   

Estate: The total sum of all your possessions.   

Executor: A person charged with ensuring that your wishes expressed in your will are carried out. Executors can also be beneficiaries.   

Inheritance tax: The tax levied on your estate if it is worth over £325,000. If you leave a gift in your will to a charity, this will reduce the tax paid by your estate.   

Legacy/bequest: A gift you leave in your will.   

Pecuniary legacy: A gift of a set sum of money.   

Residuary legacy: A gift of part or the entire residue of your estate after all debts, taxes, costs and other gifts have been paid, which can be of any size.   

Reversionary legacy: A gift in your will that reverts to another beneficiary (such as a charity) when the original beneficiary dies. For example, after the second death in a marriage, you could request a charity receives the gift.   

Specific legacy: A gift of a particular item in your will.   

Witness: A witness to your signature on your will. A witness cannot be a beneficiary.   

Please note: you should seek professional advice from a solicitor when making a will.

Feature image: 

Kate Watson 2016 | PhotoVoice | Christian Aid | ‘BRACED’ | Ethiopia 

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