Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

You can make a vital contribution to the future of organ playing and organ & choral music, and it won’t cost you a penny in your lifetime.

Legacies have been an important source of funding for the Royal College of Organists since it was founded in 1864. In fact they are the largest contributor after membership subscriptions, providing nearly a quarter of our income over recent years.

If you are thinking of including the RCO in your Will, we have produced a special Leaving a Legacy information pack to give you all the details you might need. To receive a copy of this pack, please email legacies@rco.org.uk, call 020 3865 6998 or write to:

The Royal College of Organists
PO Box 7328
New Milton
Hampshire
BH25 9DU

We will also be making the Leaving a Legacy information pack available on this page from early 2018.

Finally, to help us with our planning of future activities and services we would also ask anyone including the College in their Will to let us know. You can download a notice of intent form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people leave the College gifts in their Wills?

The personal reasons which lead members and other supporters to remember the College in their Wills are many and varied, but one thing we all share is our passion for the organ’s fine musical tradition. By leaving a gift in your Will you will be making a valuable contribution towards the furtherance of this tradition, and towards our shared vision of a world in which organ and choral music are valued as central to cultural and spiritual life. Leaving a gift in your Will is a simple and tax efficient way to show your support, and of course it won't cost a penny in your lifetime.

Should I take legal advice?

There are many ways in which mistakes in Wills can lead to unwelcome or unintended outcomes. For this reason we would always recommend taking legal and/or appropriate professional advice when drawing up a Will.

Why should I consult the College's Leaving a Legacy information pack?

Simple errors in wording can create confusion and delay in carrying out people’s wishes, so as well as taking appropriate legal or professional advice we would strongly encourage anyone considering including the College in their Will to refer to the information in this pack.

Why do I need to notify the College if I include it in my Will?

Because gifts in Wills make up so much of our total income, having an idea of the number of gifts we are likely to receive in the years ahead helps us shape our plans. It also gives us an opportunity to thank those who pledge gifts, whether by offering Anniversary Circle membership, regular updates on College activity or other appropriate acknowledgements.