Gifts and Legacies
If you are considering a gift or legacy in your will to the De Morgan Foundation, thank you. As an independent charity which receives no central government funding, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue William and Evelyn De Morgan’s artistic mission to create a better, more beautiful world. Your support will allow us to continue our work in conserving the collection and making available to the public through exhibitions and education programmes.
Types of Gift
There are three types of gift you can leave in your Will:
A Residuary Gift
This is a gift of all or part of the value of your estate, once all your other commitments have been settled. The value of your gift will adjust with the value of your estate providing the biggest impact at the Foundation.
A Pecuniary Gift
This is a gift of a specific sum of money (e.g. £1,000). Your solicitor can ensure that this in Index linked to protect your gift against inflation.
A Specific Gift (of an object)
If you are thinking of leaving a work of art or art object (eg. a De Morgan tile) to the De Morgan Foundation, please discuss this directly with the Director of the Museum, Sarah Hardy (email@example.com).
As a (working towards) Accredited Museum, the De Morgan Foundation has a strict acquisitions policy and a responsibility to protect and preserve the objects that are accepted into its collection for all time. If you are planning to bequeath an object in your Will, please also consider whether you might be able to leave a pecuniary or residuary donation in order to support the costs that are associated with caring for the collection.
Making a Will
By writing a Will, you can be sure that your family, friends and loved ones are provided for in the future, as well as your preferred charities.
Writing a Will doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. You can find a qualified solicitor in your local area using the Law Society website.
You may find it useful to give the following suggested wording to your Solicitor when preparing your Will:
“I give [state proportion e.g. one third] of the residue of my estate to the De Morgan Foundation (registered charity: 310004) absolutely for its general charitable purposes. My Trustees shall have no further duties relating to this benefit if they obtain the written receipt from the treasurer or other appropriate officer of the De Morgan Foundation.”
“I give the sum of [amount in words] (£______ [amount in figures]) to the De Morgan Foundation (registered charity: 310004) absolutely for its general charitable purposes. My Trustees shall have no further duties relating to this benefit if they obtain the written receipt from the treasurer or other appropriate officer of the De Morgan Foundation.”
We always recommend that you speak to a Solicitor when writing or amending your Will; they will be able to ensure that your wishes appear just as you want them, and can also advise you about Inheritance Tax.