Legacy giving

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Gifts left in Wills have a ripple effect on our work and the lives of the people we help. By leaving a gift in your Will to the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), you will help make a difference long into the future. Your legacy gift makes continued support of people facing poverty and disadvantage possible, whoever they are, and whatever their need. 


Write your free Will today

In partnership with Your Catholic Legacy (YCL), the SVP provides a free will-writing service for SVP members, Friends, volunteers, and staff. Simply enter your details and a registration package will be sent to your address or email within seven working days. The pack explains how the service operates and provides details of between two and six law firms near you.

Write your free Will today 

You can either request the writing of a single or mirror Will. While there is no obligation to leave a legacy gift to any charity, this is a wonderful opportunity to benefit the future work of the SVP no matter how small or great your gift could be.

I am happy to support the SVP because I know how it really does make a difference to some people’s lives. I feel confident this charity will always do the right thing.”

Ann, SVP pledger

With a gift in your Will, you pass on love, protection, and provision. We don’t know what shape poverty will take in years to come, but your gift will ensure that we’ll be there to respond with acts of kindness.



Download your free Will guide

Click the button to get your FREE Will Guide for more information on leaving a gift in your Will.

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Great reasons for writing a will

Making it easier for your family and loved ones

  • Appoint guardians for your children
  • Provide financial security for your loved ones
  • Make things easier for your family at a time of grieving and choose your own executor
  • Give a clear statement of your wishes for your funeral and gifts to family, friends and causes close to your heart.

Reduce inheritance tax

  • Paying less inheritance tax if 10% or more is left to charity - To encourage charitable giving on death, the rate of inheritance tax is reduced by 10% — from 40% to 36% — where at least 10% of the net estate is left to charity.

Protect the rights of your loved ones

  • Avoid inheritance disputes 
  • Avoid the consequences of intestacy (dying without a valid Will).
Frequently Asked Questions
What are restricted legacy gifts?

A restricted legacy is left under condition that it is used for a specific purpose, project or geographical area.

What are unrestricted legacy gifts?

An unrestricted legacy is left with no restrictions on its usage by the organisation or individual it is left to.

What wording do I use to leave a gift to the SVP Nationally or locally?

Please download the following document covering suggested wording to take to your solicitor.

Download Legacy wording


To speak to someone about leaving a gift in your Will, contact our Legacy Manager on 0207 703 3030, or email legacies@svp.org.uk. Alternatively, write to the Legacy Manager at St Vincent de Paul Society, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.