How to make a gift

You can support the work of the National Gallery by leaving a gift in your will to the National Gallery Trust (charity number 299509).

If you already have a will and wish to add a gift for the benefit of the Gallery, you can do this by making a codicil to your will.

In every case we strongly recommend that you consult a solicitor when making or updating your will, to ensure that it is legally valid and reflects your intentions. 

Find a solicitor on the Law Society website [external link]

Types of gift

There are a number of options you might consider:

A residual bequest
This is a gift of the remainder (or proportion of the remainder) of your estate, after all payments, taxes and other bequests have been made. This option allows you to take care of friends and family first and still make a meaningful donation. We suggest the following wording:

"I give ___% / all [please specify] of the residue of my estate to the Trustees of the National Gallery Trust (registered charity number 299509) of Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, to hold on trust for its general charitable purposes."

A pecuniary bequest
This is a fixed sum of money decided by you. We suggest the following wording:

"I give the sum of ___ to the Trustees of the National Gallery Trust (registered charity number 299509) of Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, to hold on trust for its general charitable purposes."

A specific bequest
You can also bequeath specific personal possessions such as property or shares. We suggest the following wording:

"I give ___________ [detailed description of specific item] to the Trustees of the National Gallery Trust (registered charity number 299509) of Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN, to hold on trust for its general charitable purposes."

If, however, you are considering leaving a work of art for our collection, we would ask that you contact us to discuss your plans before you commit them to a will, to ensure that we can meet your wishes.

Find out more about leaving a painting to the National Gallery

Inheritance Tax

As the National Gallery Trust has charitable status, your gift will be exempt from Inheritance Tax.

Tax rules introduced by the government with effect from 6 April 2012 may also mean that if you leave at least 10% of your estate to charity, the Inheritance Tax rate on the rest of your estate may reduce from 40% to 36%. The rules are complex, however, and you should seek advice from your solicitor or tax advisor on how they may affect you.

Letting the National Gallery know

If you decide to include a gift to the National Gallery Trust in your will, please let us know – this will give us the opportunity to thank you and show you how your gift will make a difference to the Gallery.

Find out more about gift recognition

You can let us know by completing the form online or by contacting the Development Office.

For further information please contact Aimee Hooper in the Development Office on 020 7747 5982 or by email at: development@ng-london.org.uk

 
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