Add the gift of a donation in your will

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This is a legacy

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.

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 clicking or tapping the button below.

Order your free gifts in wills guide

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

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.

Almost 1 in 10 people around the world don't have clean water close to home, and almost 1 in 4 don't have a decent toilet of their own. 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 means that year on year, we can 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.

How donations are used to have the greatest impact

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

With the help of amazing people like you, we've already reached millions of people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

In the last year alone, we supported:

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

227,754 with clean water

516,947 with decent toilets

391,861 with better hygiene facilities and 2,206,137 with behaviour change activities.*

Ivy Michelo, 34, standing beside a pump which supports the community and irrigates crops in Milimo Village, Monze District, Southern Province, Zambia, April 2019.
Image: WaterAid/ Chileshe Chanda

Schools to reach the following numbers of children and staff:

120,225 with clean water

113,187 with decent toilets

1,009,715 with better hygiene facilities and 320,717 with behaviour change activities.*

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 ...
Image: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

Healthcare facilities to reach the following numbers of patients and staff:

785,064 with clean water

840,583 with decent toilets

9,010,826 with better hygiene facilities, and 916,459 with behaviour change activities.*

Nyaganga Juma Samuel, 37, nurse and midwife, handing over a new born baby to its mother Susan Magoma, 32, Nyamalimbe Dispensary, Geita District, Tanzania, June, 2019.
Image: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

* For full statistics and breakdowns see our latest annual report.

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.

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

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
6th Floor
E14 5NN

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

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.

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.

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.

Information for executors

If you are administering an estate where WaterAid have kindly been left a gift, please contact the legacies team on [email protected].

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

Contact us

If you have any questions about adding a gift to your will, please get in touch with Dominique Abranson from our Gifts in Wills Team.

Phone: 020 7793 4594

Email: [email protected]

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

Picture of Dominique Abranson