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FAQs about leaving Oxfam a gift in your will

Find answers to commonly asked questions about leaving a gift in your will to Oxfam.

  • What happens if I don't have a Will?

    If you die without making a Will, this could result in your estate not going where you would have wished. For instance, your husband, wife or partner may not automatically receive all of your estate.

  • How do I leave a gift to Oxfam in my Will?

    Thanks for thinking of Oxfam - legacies make a very important contribution to our fundraising. Visit our legacies pages for more information.

  • Who should I appoint as an executor of my Will?

    You can have up to four executors to deal with your wishes. These could be friends, family, or a professional such as your solicitor. Whoever you choose, make sure you ask their permission.

  • I'm acting as an executor. What should I do?

    If you are acting as executor for the estate of someone who has left a bequest to Oxfam in their Will, please contact our specialist Legacy Administration team on legacy@oxfam.org.uk, or telephone 0300 200 1331. They can also provide any advice or assistance you may require.

  • Can Oxfam be my executor?

    If you remember Oxfam in your Will we may be able to act as your executor. Your personal circumstances will dictate whether or not we are able to accept this responsibility. We are bound by the Charity Commission, who set out our legal terms of reference, and by our paramount duty to help poor people to help themselves. This means that we need to know how complex it would be to administer a supporter's estate so that we can ensure that any expense incurred by acting as an executor is covered by the gift left to Oxfam. Please email legacy@oxfam.org.uk or telephone 0300 200 1331.

  • How will Oxfam use my legacy gift?

    Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good. (Find out more about how we work). Over time the nature of Oxfam's work does change, and as it's likely to be many years before we receive your legacy gift, it can be difficult to know exactly where and how we'll be working when we receive it. If you'd like to discuss any specific wishes you have, please email legacy@oxfam.org.uk or telephone 0300 200 1331.

  • How can I work out the value of my estate?

    As part of our legacy pack, we have included a Will Planner that helps you work out what the value of your estate might be. You can download it for free here.

  • Will my gift make a difference?

    Gifts in Wills allows us to carry out life saving work in communities across the world. A gift left to Oxfam can help the world's poorest people work towards a future free from poverty. It's a wonderful legacy to leave. Find out more about what your gift could do.

  • I don't have a lot to leave, is it worth leaving a legacy to Oxfam?

    Every gift we receive, even a small amount can make the biggest difference to lives around the world. Find out more about what your legacy could achieve.

  • When is a good time to make my Will ?

    The simple answer is now. Surprisingly, many people die without making a Will, which means family or friends left behind may face some tricky problems. By making a Will now, you can have the peace of mind that you have protected your estate and provided for your loved ones.

  • What happens if I change my mind?

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

  • If I have left a gift to Oxfam in my Will should I tell you?

    We would like to know who our generous supporters are. It gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the important decision you have made. Letting us know also helps us to plan for the future and keep you informed about our ongoing work.

  • Can a gift to charity help me pay less tax?

    Technically, yes. Gifts to UK registered charities are exempt from Inheritance Tax. Oxfam would strongly recommend that you speak to a solicitor for advice on tax issues.

  • What wording should I use to leave a legacy to Oxfam?

    If you do decide to leave a gift to Oxfam in your Will, there are three main options.

    • A share in your estate
    • A specific sum
    • A specific item

    Once you have decided what kind of gift you want to leave to Oxfam, it would be really helpful if you could ask your solicitor to use one of the following texts, thank you.

    For a share of your estate (residuary legacy): I give all/a share of (please state fraction/percentage) of the residue of my estate absolutely to Oxfam of Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2JY, Registered Charity Number 202918, to be applied by Oxfam for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Oxfam for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

    For a specific sum (pecuniary legacy): I give to Oxfam of Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2JY, Registered Charity Number 202918, absolutely, the sum of (amount in figures, amount in words) to be applied by Oxfam for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Oxfam for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

    For a specific item: I give to Oxfam of Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford OX4 2JY, Registered Charity Number 202918, absolutely, (write in here whatever you wish to give) to be applied by Oxfam for its charitable purposes, and I further direct that the receipt of the Hon. Treasurer or any other proper officer of Oxfam for the time being shall be sufficient discharge to my executors.

  • What is Oxfam's postal address and its charity number?

    Our address is:

    Oxfam GB
    Oxfam House
    John Smith Drive,
    Cowley,
    Oxford.
    OX4 2JY

    Our charity number in England and Wales is (no 202918) and in Scotland is (SC039042).

    If you have any questions about leaving a gift, please get in touch with our Legacy Advisor

    If you are an executor and have any questions please contact our Legacy Administration team

  • How much will it cost to write a Will ?

    Oxfam supporters can write or amend a simple Will for free through our Free Will Service. Oxfam will cover the cost of a simple will. You don't have to include Oxfam in your Will to take advantage of this free service. Find out more here.

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