How do I change my Will?
We would always suggest that you discuss any changes to your
Will with a solicitor, as if changes are made incorrectly, your
Will may be invalidated.
How can I add a Gift to Shared Interest Foundation into my
Always speak to a solicitor before making any changes to your
Will. The details you will need are: Shared Interest Foundation, 7
New Bridge Street West, Newcastle, NE1 8AQ. Registered
Charity Number: 1102375
How will my money be used?
Shared Interest Foundation delivers different projects, based on
where we feel the need is greatest and where we can have the most
impact. We therefore cannot promise that your gift will go to a
specific project. What we can promise is that we will use your gift
to help farmers and handcrafters in the developing world to access
fair finance. We can also ensure that we enter into a consultation
should you wish for your gift to be used in a certain way, so that
we are best placed to meet your wishes.
Are there any Tax benefits in leaving a Legacy?
If you choose to leave a legacy in your Will, it will be exempt
from inheritance tax. The current rate of inheritance tax is 40%,
however this is reduced to 36% for estates leaving 10% or more to a
This also means that leaving a gift to charity may help to
reduce the amount of tax payable if your estate is over the exempt
threshold. The current threshold for inheritance tax (fixed until
2015) is £325,000 for an individual or £650,000 for married couples
or civil partnerships.
For more information on inheritance tax rates and thresholds
please visit the HMRC website.
If I am a Shared Interest Society member, can I choose to leave
all or part of my Share Account to Shared Interest Foundation?
Yes you can. It is possible to simply fill in a Nomination Form and
return it to us if the amount you would like to leave is no more
than £5,000. If you would like to leave us an amount from your
Society Share Account of more than £5,000 then you will need to
make a provision in your Will. We would always suggest that you
speak to a Solicitor before making any such changes.
Does the Nomination Form need to be included with My Will?
No, it needs to be completed and returned to us; it does not
form part of your Will. We do recommend that you keep a copy for
Why does the Nomination Form only cover up to £5k?
Shared Interest Society is covered under the Co-operative and
Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Section 37 of this Act states
that members can only nominate up to £5k and beyond that they must
make provision in their Will.
What happens if I complete a Nomination Form but my Share
Account goes over £5K?
Shared Interest Foundation will still receive the first £5,000
of your Share Account balance, but they will not receive anything
more than that unless you make a separate provision in your
If I choose To leave a Legacy, what can I expect from Shared
For further information, please go to Our Legacy
If you choose to leave a legacy and inform us of your decision,
then we will ensure you get no further communications from us