Wills and Bequests

Remembering The Ireland Funds Through Your Will or Bequest

Leaving a gift to The Ireland Funds in your will is an amazing way for your generosity to last beyond your own lifetime and it builds a bridge between the past and the future, helping ensure the charities you value today will continue to make a difference tomorrow.

Your gift can be as general or specific as you like. For example, you can designate your gift to support any registered charity in Ireland, north and south or to support services in a particular geographic region.

Endowment

Alternatively, a simpler, but equally effective approach is to make a bequest to our Endowment Fund, which will help us ensure that we can continue to assist programmes which are in the greatest need of support.

Honouring Your Wishes

The Ireland Funds will fully honour your wishes in the years ahead, and donors can remain anonymous if they so wish. A bequest to The Ireland Funds is your opportunity to make a tangible and lasting gift to the island of Ireland and is one of the most personal ways that you can support our work. Not only will your gift make a real difference, but you can feel secure in the knowledge that you will be helping our work continue long after you have gone. It is the ultimate, selfless gift.

Types of legacies

There are three different types of gifts that are most commonly given to The Ireland Funds through wills. We recommend you discuss each with your solicitor to find out which suits you best

Pecuniary Legacy
This form of legacy allows you to give a specific sum of money to The Ireland Funds.

Residuary Legacy
If you would like to leave a gift from the remains of your estate after you have taken care of your family, friends and loved ones, you can bequeath the residue or part of the residue of your estate to The Ireland Funds.

Specific Legacy
You can also bequeath a particular item of value, for example jewelry, shares or property to The Ireland Funds.

Any bequests you make in your will to a registered charity are exempt from Gift or Inheritance Tax. Bequests to The Ireland Funds are tax free. So by leaving a gift to The Ireland Funds, you could substantially reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate.

Bequest language

If you already have a will, it is easy to amend it to include a gift to The Ireland Funds. You can amend your existing will by completing a codicil, which your solicitor will help you draw up. Your solicitor or legal advisor may find the suggested wording below useful:

For a Pecuniary Bequest
To the Board for the time being of The Ireland Funds having its registered office at 25 St Stephen's Green, Second Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland; Charity No. CHY 10798, I give and bequeath the sum of: euros (amount in words) for the general charitable purposes of the said organisation, The Ireland Funds, and the receipt of the Board of The Ireland Funds shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

For a Residuary Bequest
As to all the rest residue, and remainder of my Estate of whatsoever nature and whatsoever situate, I give devise and bequeath the same to The Ireland Funds, having its registered office at 25 St Stephen's Green, Second Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland; Charity No. CHY 10798, for the general charitable purposes of the said organisation, The Ireland Funds, and the receipt of the Board of The Ireland Funds shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

For a Specific Bequest
To the Board for the time being of The Ireland Funds having its registered office at 25 St Stephen's Green, Second Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland; Charity No. CHY 10798, I give and bequeath my: (State the specific item(s) you wish to leave to The Ireland Funds) for the general Charitable purposes of the said organisation, The Ireland Funds, and the receipt of the Board of The Ireland Funds shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

For advice in relation to tax planning, we recommend you consult a professional tax advisor to ensure you can maximise your generosity to The Ireland Funds.

The Ireland Funds is a registered charity in Ireland, charity number 10798

For more information on making a lasting gift to The Ireland Funds please contact
Nicki Lynch
The Ireland Funds 
25 St Stephen's Green, Second Floor
Dublin 2. 
T – 353-1-662-7878 
F – 353-1-662-7879 
nlynch@irlfunds.org