How to do it

Remembering St John's in your will


Suggested wording

We suggest you use the following wording when donating to St John’s via your will:

'I give to the Master, Fellows and Scholars of the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge [the residue/% of the residue of my estate] or [the sum of £x] free of tax as permanent endowment for the general purposes of the College. I direct that the receipt of the Senior Bursar or other proper officer for the time being of the College shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Executors.'

We encourage you to leave money for ‘general purposes’ as this will allow the College to use the money in the areas of most need at the time, but we also welcome bequests for specific areas of College life and we will be glad to discuss the terms of any proposed bequest. Consultation helps to ensure that there is a clear understanding by the College of the wishes of the donor, so that they may be faithfully observed.

Taking care of your loved ones

It is natural to want to provide for loved ones in your will and it is possible to leave a gift to St John’s whilst still looking after your family. There are types of legacy that allow you to put your family first whilst still benefiting St John’s, and your solicitor can advise you on the best way to record your intentions. Should you wish to make a change to an existing will, a solicitor can advise on using a codicil.

Tax benefits

Our charitable status means there are benefits in leaving a legacy to us. By remembering us in your will you can reduce the taxable value of your assets, and so cut the amount of inheritance tax (IHT) on your estate. Any estate which leaves at least 10% to a charitable cause will be able to take advantage of a reduced rate in IHT, from its current level of 40% down to 36%. Gifts may be in the form of money, property, or other valuables.

Letting us know

If you decide you would like to remember the College in your will, please let us know. This will enable us to keep you informed about new developments and will also help us to plan for the future. Any information you give us will be treated in confidence and does not involve you in any binding commitment. 

You can let us know by emailing the Legacy Officer, or downloading and completing a pledge form and returning it to the Development Office.


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