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Leave us a gift in your will

You can leave your mark on the future of the RCOG by supporting us with a gift in your will.

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Every gift, large or small, helps us to advance the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology, and advocate for global improvements in women’s health care.

We have a far-reaching and ambitious vision to drive major improvements in health and healthcare at all stages of a woman’s life. You can support us in the vision and leave your mark on the future of the RCOG by supporting us with a gift in your will.

With your support, we will be able to deliver these changes more rapidly, and transform women’s health for generations to come.


How can my legacy gift make a difference?

Gifts left to us to use for the overall benefit of the work of the College are of most value because they allow us to spend the money where the need is greatest. However, we’re very happy to accept gifts to fund a certain part of our work, such as global health, audit or education.


Frequently asked questions

Where can I find a solicitor?

We’re unable to recommend solicitors but suggest that you contact The Law Society which will provide details of solicitors in your area. 


What are the tax advantages of leaving money to charity?

In certain circumstances, especially with larger estates, a charitable bequest can help to reduce the inheritance tax you pay on your estate. Gifts to charities are completely tax-free. If you leave 10% or more of your taxable estate to charity, then the rate of tax on the rest of your estate will be reduced from 40% to 36%. (Figures correct as April 2020.) Visit for more information).


What wording do I need to use in my will?

We suggest the following wording:

“Subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, I give to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of 10-18 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ, registered charity number 213280 for England and Wales and SCO41594 for Scotland, the sum of £ insert amount (for a pecuniary legacy) or % of my estate (for a residuary legacy) for the general purposes of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or to a specific area of work. I direct that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists shall be full and sufficient discharge for my Executors/Trustees.”


What are the different types of gifts in wills?

There are several different types of legacy gifts. The most common are:

  • Residuary legacy: A gift of all or part of the remainder of your estate after all other legacy gifts and debts have been met.
  • Pecuniary legacy: A gift of a stated sum of money.
  • Specific legacy: A gift of a particular item such as property or an item of value.
  • Revisionary legacy: A legacy gift in two stages. Firstly, left to a beneficiary to use as an asset in their lifetime and then, after death, the asset is passed on to a subsequent beneficiary.


I’ve already decided to leave the RCOG a gift in my will. Do I need to let you know?

Knowing about future gifts helps us to plan ahead, so if you have already decided to leave us a gift in your will and are happy to let us know, please do get in contact by emailing us at


Contact us

If you would like to discuss leaving a gift in your will to the RCOG, please email the team at or call +44 (0) 20 7045 6778.


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