Your gift - frequently asked questions

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How will Mercy Corps use my gift?

Legacy gifts are critical to the future of our work in some of the world’s toughest places. Gifts left to Mercy Corps allow us to respond quickly where need is greatest. We want our legacy to be thriving communities that are stable and productive. Our efforts to help people overcome crisis and build stronger communities for generations to follow are powered by generous and committed donors around the world.

How do I leave a gift to Mercy Corps in my will?

Leaving a gift in your will is easier than you might think but to ensure that your will is valid and legal formalities are followed we recommend that you consult a solicitor. If you already have a will but wish to make an amendment to include a gift to Mercy Corps we also advise contacting your solicitor. They will draw up a legal document (codicil) which will change the existing will.

Do I need a solicitor?

We recommend that you consult a solicitor to ensure that your wishes are met and the document is legally binding. The Law Society can help you find a local solicitor. You can find out more information by visiting

What type of gifts can I leave Mercy Corps?

There are three main types of gifts that you can leave in your will:

  • A specific sum of money (Pecuniary Legacy): If you want to leave a lump sum, you specify this amount in your will.
  • A share of your estate (Residuary Legacy): This is a gift of either a share or the whole of your estate after all other beneficiaries have been provided for.
  • A specific item: Stocks and shares, a painting, a first edition book, a piece of jewellery, or any item that you think will be of some value to Mercy Corps when sold.

For further information please contact our Fundraising team at +44 (0) 131 662 2377 (office hours) or email

Can I change my mind?

Yes, you are able to change your mind at any time. Letting us know you plan to leave a legacy gift doesn't commit you to doing so. It would be really helpful though, if you tell us you have changed your mind.

If I’ve already left a gift in my will, should I tell you?

Yes please, by telling us now we can say thank you and keep you informed about our ongoing work. It also helps us to plan for the future. Your legacy gift will save lives, renew hope and rebuild communities for decades to come.

If you would like further information please contact us at  +44 (0) 131 662 2377 (office hours) or email

Can a gift in my will help me pay less tax?

Potentially, yes. Gifts to UK registered charities are exempt from Inheritance tax. We recommend that you discuss tax issues with a solicitor. The Law Society can help you find a local solicitor. You can find out more information by visiting

How can I get in touch?

If you would like to discuss your giving options please contact us.

Thank you for reaching out to Mercy Corps. We are delighted that you are interested in further information.