A Gift in your will
“Because of supporters like you I am alive.”
- Rebiya Kadeer, Uighur activist and former prisoner of conscience
You take injustice personally, and you believe everyone has the right to be treated equally and with dignity. You also believe in human rights for all, forever, and you wish to protect and promote human rights for generations to come.
You can be an enduring voice for freedom and justice by leaving a gift in your will for human rights through Amnesty International.
How should you start?
It’s probably best to begin by explaining to your family that you are thinking about leaving a gift in your will to Amnesty International. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your family and friends are taken care of first.
If you already have a will, review it occasionally to make sure it meets your family’s current needs. If you do not have a will, talk to your lawyer about having one prepared.
Some important things you should know
- A will gives peace of mind to your loved ones after your death. Your family and friends will know your exact wishes; they won’t have to go through the added stress of wondering what you would have wanted.
- You should appoint a trustworthy friend or relative as your executor. An executor will carry out the wishes you have made in your will.
- If you do not have a will, your government could decide how your estate will be divided up.
When remembering Amnesty International in your will, please be sure to quote our organisation’s correct legal name:
Amnesty International - Canadian Section (English Speaking)
312 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1H9
Our charitable registration number is 11878 5914 RR0001
Here’s how to word your will:
For your convenience, we have provided some sample wording often used by donors to indicate their charitable intentions.
For a residual bequest (a percentage, or all, of the remainder of your estate after other specific legacies have been fulfilled):
“I give to Amnesty International - Canadian Section (English Speaking) currently of 312 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1H9, all (or ______%) of the residue of my estate, to be used at the discretion of the organization.”
For a specific bequest (a specified dollar amount):
“I give to Amnesty International - Canadian Section (English Speaking) currently of 312 Laurier Ave East, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1H9, the sum of $______ to be used at the discretion of the organization.”
Always seek professional advice
Amnesty International will provide information and assistance to you on this and other ways you can support our work. However, we strongly encourage you to seek independent advice when making charitable gifts of annuities, securities, property, life insurance, wills, trusts, contracts and other legal agreements.
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