Help support students with a gift in your will
Every day students, many of whom are young people, from local communities such as yours, struggle against lack of confidence, poor mental well-being and challenging backgrounds to complete their courses to reach that brighter future to which they aspire. The Edinburgh College Development Trust works to provide extra help by offering grants and funding projects but it takes continuous fundraising to do this as each year brings some new students with different challenges. To continue helping students and young people with challenges, we, in turn, need your help.
One way that you can do this is by remembering the Edinburgh College Development Trust in your will. When it comes to leaving a gift in your will, typically people’s first priority will be family and friends. However many people also leave gifts to charities: this is a gift that will help future generations of students, including many young people, to flourish.
It will cost you nothing in your lifetime but however much you leave, from £10 to £100,000+, every donation to the Edinburgh College Development Trust is greatly appreciated and will help students to a brighter future.
What to include in your will:
You can make various kinds of gifts in your will. We would strongly suggest talking to your solicitor (search the Law Society of Scotland website to find one near you) but popular choices include:
- A share of your estate – a residual request. After taking care of your family and friends a popular choice is for people to leave a share or the remainder of their estate to a charity such as the Edinburgh College Development Trust. As this is less likely to be affected by inflation this can make a big difference.
- A cash gift – this is an exact sum of money. No matter how large or small your gift we will make sure that it is used in the best way possible to help meet the needs of Edinburgh College’s students and to advance education generally.
- A specific gift such as an item of jewellery or property.
We will always respect any specific wishes that you include in your will for how and where your gift will be used. However, it is a huge help to the charity if such restrictions are not imposed. The needs of students, and the Development Trust change over time. Therefore gifts left without conditions means that the charity can channel the money to projects where there is the most need at that time.
Remembering the Edinburgh College Development Trust in your will can be as straightforward as including a simple sentence in your existing will by adding a codicil. This adds an extra instruction to your will without the need to compose an entirely new document. Your solicitor will be able to advise further.
Suggested wording for a gift in your will
If you would like to leave the Edinburgh College Development Trust a gift in your will the following wording may be helpful when you visit your legal advisor:
"I give all (or a _% share) of the residue of my estate to the Edinburgh College Development Trust (Scottish Charity No. SC044657), c/o Edinburgh College, Milton Road Campus, Edinburgh, EH15 2PP for its general charitable purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or duly authorised officer shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge."
If you wish to leave the Edinburgh College Development Trust a gift in your will we would love to hear from you so we can say thank you. You can do this by completing our pledge form
. However, we entirely understand if you would prefer to keep your wishes private.
Should you have any questions about leaving a gift to the Edinburgh College Development Trust please either speak to your solicitors or contact the Development Trust
Edinburgh College Development Trust is a Scottish Charity, No. SC044657. Company No. SC469307.