Add the gift of a donation in your will

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Including the gift of clean water in your will is a wonderful way for you to help future generations transform their lives.


We won’t stop until clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are normal for everyone, everywhere. You can help create this future with a gift in your will.

Adding water to your will is not just practical, giving people clean water that’s safe to drink, somewhere decent to go to the toilet and the means to wash their hands through good hygiene. It’s more personal than that. It’s your life meaning the most to someone else’s by giving them the opportunity to unlock their potential.

Beberamanana, around 85 and her lovely smile pictured while fetching water at her well cared for water point in Anjoma village. Ambohitsampana fokontany, Ambohiborona commune, Faratsiho district, Vakinankaratra region. Madagascar, March 2018.
WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala
Beberamanana, 85, fetching water at her well-cared-for water point in Anjoma village, Madagascar. She said “Having running water is the biggest change I have ever seen in my village since I was born."

1 in 10 people around the world have no access to clean water. 1 in 4 have no access to a decent toilet. By adding water to your will, you can fund the taps and toilets that communities need to help them change their own lives forever.

At WaterAid, we are grateful for every gift we receive from wonderful supporters like you. This income meant that in 2019-20, we were able to deliver more of the taps and toilets needed to ensure that everyone, everywhere has the clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene they need to transform their own lives.

From left to right, Fetra, 12, Tongasoa, 13, Hasina, 12, (red top) Hanitrasoa, 11, (green top), Andrea, 12, and Sarah, 13, posing in front of their separated toilet block. Primary school of Firaisantsoa Imanga village, Tsinjoarivo Imanga commune, Tsir ...
WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala
School friends aged between 11 and 13 show off the new girls’ toilet block at their school in Madagascar.

We spent every pound carefully, making sure that we used these gifts in the best possible way by ensuring that each community got the clean water systems, decent toilets and hygiene awareness that are right for them, and that will last well into the future.

In every £1 we spent, 76p went on delivering services and 24p on fundraising and governance. We see a return on every pound we spend. For every £1 we spend on fundraising, we raise £4.11.

Graphic showing in every £1 we spent 76p on delivering services and 24p on fundraising and governance.

Learn more about our income and expenditure, and how gifts from supporters like you made an impact last year:

What was WaterAid's income and expenditure last year and in previous years?


Total income remained steady from the prior year, when income grew 10%. We had planned for growth again, especially from UK government and other European funding, but it proved difficult to reach the level of our ambition for 2019-20, much of this due to uncertainty over Brexit. However, this was a very successful year for income in other areas with continued year on year growth in unrestricted funding from the UK public.

This included 2% growth of income from individuals, with the numbers of individuals giving regularly, rising from 355,979 to 359,595 and growth in legacy income by £1.2m, 15%.

We believe COVID-19 will lead to income significantly falling in 2020-21, with corporate, water industry and events income particularly hard hit. However the partnership we have with individuals throughout the UK is providing the resilient financial platform to deliver our mission, which is ever more relevant to tackle this pandemic.

Graphic showing income is £91.4 million


Total expenditure grew by over £12m, 15%, from the previous financial year. This growth was predominantly in our programme work as we commenced delivery of the programmes we had secured long-term funding for from institutional funders in the prior year, as signposted in that year’s annual report.

Other key expenditure that accounts for the difference is related to moving our London office, the costs for which will bridge the two financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21. The costs of bringing the office into operation and the lease will, over the term of the lease, save us money compared to remaining in Vauxhall.

Graphic showing expenditure was £95 million


Comparing income and expenditure over the last five years



What was WaterAid's direct reach last year?

In the last year alone, we supported:

Communities to reach the following numbers of people in or near their homes:

315,000 with clean water

693,000 with decent toilets

236,000 with better hygiene facilities and 1,600,000 with behaviour change activities.

Schools to reach the following numbers of children and staff:

135,000 with clean water

180,000 with decent toilets

110,000 with better hygiene facilities and 255,000 with behaviour change activities.

Healthcare facilities to reach the following numbers of patient visits and staff:

1,000,000 with clean water

1,000,000 with decent toilets

941,000 with better hygiene facilities, and 49,000 with behaviour change activities.


Behind these figures are real people whose lives have changed forever because of gifts from people like you – including those who so kindly chose to remember WaterAid in their will.

Beyond our planned projects, we were able to respond quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down many countries in March 2020, using our expertise in clean water and hygiene to deliver handwashing stations, hygiene promotion campaigns, and shape national emergency response plans through government-led working groups and various civil society platforms. This work has continued throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Casmir Lubango, 36, medical officer, testing the functionality of the newly installed piped water system in the new maternity ward at Kharumwa Health Centre, Nyang'hwale District, Tanzania, June, 2019.
WaterAid/ James Kiyimba
Dr. Casmir Lubango couldn’t be happier with the newly installed piped water system in the new maternity ward at Kharumwa Health Centre in Tanzania.

How to add a gift to your will

To add WaterAid to your will you need our name, address and registered charity numbers: 

WaterAid, 6th Floor, 20 Canada Square, London, E14 5NN

Charity registration numbers: 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland)

You can order your free information pack, which contains all the practical information you need to include a gift to WaterAid in your will by filling out the form below.

Order your free gifts in wills guide

Or, you can simply download the information pack (PDF) now here.

WaterAid’s promise to you

Your will is personal, and we will never ask you to tell us your decision. Although, we’d love to have the opportunity to say thank you.

  • We understand that your loved ones will always come first.
  • We will never put you under any pressure – it’s your decision to make in your own time.
  • If you choose to add WaterAid to your will, we will use your future gift carefully, so it achieves the greatest impact for the families and communities we work with.
  • You can change your mind at any time.

Frequently asked questions

Questions about leaving a gift in your will answered

What information is needed to include a gift in my will?

To include WaterAid in your will please use our charity name, address and registered charity numbers, which will ensure your gift reaches us in the future.

20 Canada Square
E14 5NN

Registered charity numbers: 288701 (England and Wales) and SC039479 (Scotland).

What are the different types of gifts I can leave in my will?

Share of your estate

This is a percentage of your estate after all other gifts and expenses have been paid. Many people choose to add a percentage of their estate to WaterAid as this means our gift remains in proportion to what they want to leave to loved ones.

A specific sum

This is a gift of a set amount of money.

A specific item

This could be something of value such as jewellery, a painting, property or shares.

Are gifts to charity in my will Inheritance Tax free?

Yes, at the moment, if you leave a gift to WaterAid in your will it will not be included when valuing your estate for Inheritance Tax purposes. The value of your gift will be deducted from your estate before Inheritance Tax is applied.

However, Inheritance Tax rules can change so it’s always best to discuss your will and the type of gift you might like to leave with your solicitor.

Can I give with a Shari’ah will?

Yes, under Wasiyyah Muslims can leave up to a third of their estate to other beneficiaries, such as WaterAid. A gift in your will can transform lives by bringing the joy of long lasting clean water and decent toilets to entire communities, helping them break free from poverty and changing their lives forever. Your gift could be an act of Sadaqah Jariyah and help change the lives of the world’s poorest families through a sustainable supply of clean water.

How to have conversations with your loved ones about your will

It’s a good idea to speak to your loved ones about your will, if you can. It doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, although we understand that everyone has different situations. If you are able to, the best way is to have an open, honest and friendly discussion with loves ones about your wishes. Remember, this is your will and only you can decide on the beneficiaries. It could be an opportunity to share why adding an gift to WaterAid is important to you and why you have chosen to support more communities to have clean water in the future.

Will my gift make a difference?

Gifts in wills to WaterAid are vital in helping everyone, everywhere have access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. These kind gifts make up 10% of our income and are essential in helping to fund our work. They contribute to installing the taps and toilets that are crucial in transforming communities, schools and health centres. Your legacy can empower people to change their lives and reach their potential.

Do I need to tell WaterAid?

You do not need to tell WaterAid if you choose to add a gift in your will. However, we would love to be able to say thank you. Any information you share is completely confidential and we understand that you may change your mind.

Useful links

  • Citizens Advice: advice on creating a will and why it's important.
  • HMRC: the basics of inheritance tax.
  • GOV.UK: an overview of creating a will.
  • The Law Society: help with finding a solicitor in your area.

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Information for executors

If you are administering an estate where WaterAid have kindly been left a gift, please contact Alison Rirsch on [email protected]

Alison can provide support and guidance to both personal and professional executors, together with our paying in details.

Due to the pandemic, staff are working from home. We would be grateful if you communicate with us by email as post and cheques are taking longer to reach us. Thank you.

Contact us

Should you have any queries about adding a gift to your will, would like to know more about the impact your gift could have or share that you have included WaterAid in your will, please do get in touch with John Sharp from our Gifts in Wills Team.

Phone: 020 7793 4594

Email: [email protected]

John Sharp, WaterAid UK.
John Sharp, WaterAid UK.

Please note that, due to the pandemic, the Gifts in Wills team are working from home. Your call will be answered by one of our Supporter Care Team, who are also able to help.

We would love to say thank you if you have left WaterAid a gift in your will or intend to do so. Thank you.