By leaving a gift in your Will you will leave a lasting legacy helping the Galilee Foundation to fund scholarships so that Palestinian youth in Palestine/Israel can thrive & go to university. An opportunity that they would otherwise not have. You might want to dedicate a scholarship or leave a scholarship with your legacy.
Gifts in Wills are a personal matter
We understand that friends & family must come first. But if you’re also planning to support a cause you feel passionately about, we’d love you to consider us. A gift might also be in memory of a loved one so you may wish to ask your solicitor to make a note of this in your Will & let us know so we’re aware of who your special gift is in memory of.
Gifts in Wills are vital to the Galilee Foundation
Making a Will provides an opportunity to ensure the people you care for are provided for, & that your wishes are followed after you die. Having an up-to-date Will is extremely important & can be easier than you think, & we would strongly advise you to see a solicitor before actually making or changing your Will.
How can you include us in your Will?
If you’d like to remember the Galilee Foundation in your Will, and you haven’t already got a will it’s worth considering the following.
Valuing your estate
Make a list of all your assets including: your house & its contents, car, items of special value such as jewellery and antiques, savings, investments & life insurance, business assets; & money owing to you. Estimate their value and then deduct money you owe, such as your mortgage, overdraft, loans, hire purchase agreements & credit cards.
If you have children under 18 you should appoint guardians. This provides for their care in the event of your partner dying before you or at the same time. Again, check that those named agree to take on this responsibility.
You must choose the persons you would like to administer your estate (usually two). One could be your solicitor or bank manager (who normally requires payment for this service); the other could be a relative or a friend. It’s important to get their consent before naming them.
Witnessing your signature
For the will to be legal it must be signed by you in the presence of two witnesses who must also sign it. They must not be beneficiaries or related to beneficiaries.
Four ways of giving
Knowing the approximate value of your estate, you can now draw up a list of those who you wish to benefit, by how much & in what manner. Bequests can be one of four types:
This is a legacy of a specified amount of money to a named person or organisation.
A physical item of value can be left to a person or organisation by a specific bequest. The item must be described & the beneficiary’s name and address given.
If you wish, for example, that your partner should benefit from, say, investment income or a house during his or her lifetime – with ownership of the asset passing to a second beneficiary (e.g. a child) on the death of the first – this can be done by means of a reversionary bequest.
The remainder of your estate, after all bequests, administration costs and taxes, is called the residue. Your will must give instructions for its distribution – otherwise the law will make the decision for you. It is distributed by residuary bequest, either as a single sum or divided proportionately to benefit more than one beneficiary.
Gifts to causes
A gift to a cause you wish to support, such as the Galilee Foundation of Unit A, 1-3 Canfield Place, South Hampstead, London, NW6 3BT (Charity Number 1118966), can be made by any of the above four methods. A residuary bequest for this purpose ensures that your family & dependants receive priority and are provided for before anyone else.
The time to amend & the time to change
Keeping your will up-to-date is as important as making it. Your wishes, your circumstances & the composition of your family can change over the years – & the value of pecuniary bequests can be eroded by inflation. Minor additions can be made by codicil. Major changes may call for a new will – but that should be a lot easier the second time around.
Amendment by codicil
Never write on your will – that will invalidate it. A codicil must be a separate document, signed & witnessed as with the will, though the witnesses need not be the same. It must be kept with the will but not attached to it.
Under English law, marriage revokes a will (unless it specifically contemplates the marriage) & provisions in favour of a spouse normally cease to have effect following divorce. A new will is essential after these events.
Children & grandchildren
The arrival of a child in the family calls for review. The birth of grandchildren, or a separation or death in the family may also necessitate changes.
Information for Solicitors / Executors
If you’re administering an estate that includes a gift to the Galilee Foundation, you can find all the information you need here. If you’re the executor for someone who’s left us a gift in their Will, or are administering a Will, our Chief Executive office is here to help.
You can contact us on the following channels.
Our charity details
More information about us.
Registered charity number
Unit A, 1-3 Canfield Pl, London, NW6 3BT, UK
Paying in a legacy cheque
Please make cheques payable to ‘Galilee Foundation’ & mark for the attention of the legacy administration team at the address above. We would be really grateful if you can include the following.
The full name & title of the deceased
Their last address
The date of death
The executor’s name & contact details
A copy of the will
Any information about the reason for the legacy
Why we ask for these details
We may be audited to make sure we administer all gifts in accordance with the guidelines set down by the Charity Commission. This is why we sometimes need to ask you to provide details about the estate such as a copy of the Will & estate accounts.
Give the gift of education
Your generosity helps us empower Palestinian youth by
giving them education, connecting them with their culture
& building their capacities to bring about positive change.