Legacies

A Small Gift can make a Big Difference

Leave a legacy and make life more manageable for someone with Motor Neurone Disease.

Until our vision of A World Free from Motor Neurone Disease is realised, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is committed to providing the best possible care and support for people affected by MND.

We cannot slow the progression of MND or change the outcome but we can alleviate the feelings of isolation and improve quality of life. We strive to ensure that each individual receives the care and support they require enabling them to live as active independent citizens in their own homes for as long as possible.

Leaving a gift in your will (a ‘legacy’) to the IMNDA offers much needed financial security on a long term basis and will ensure families affected by this incurable disease have access to our vital services regardless of their location or means.

Why gifts are so important to the IMNDA

It costs approximately €1.5 million for the IMNDA to operate each year.

On average we receive only 14% of our funds from the government.

The rest comes from people like you…

After providing for family and friends, leaving a legacy to the IMNDA in your Will is a thoughtful way of ensuring that families coming to terms with this life changing diagnosis have as much support as possible.

Since 2000 legacies have brought the IMNDA nearly half a million euro making a real difference to the thousands of people we have provided support to over the years.

“One saving grace we can be thankful for is the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. At first I was sick to my stomach calling this organisation to explain that MND had entered our lives. They immediately put in place a plan that would include emotional support in the form of counselling and have continued to support us through each and every stage of the disease.” Shane Kelly, Carer

Legacies of all values help to sustain our vital services; this is what your contribution can help to fund:

  • Home visits by our two MND Nurses
  • Financial assistance towards home care
  • Provision of specialised medical equipment
  • Funding counselling
  • Funding towards research

Types of Legacy

A legacy left to a charity is exempt from tax. By leaving a legacy to the IMNDA you are reducing the overall tax bill on your estate and getting more value from your gift.

Some people leave their entire estates, but most leave a modest sum. However much you choose to leave is up to you but please be assured that every legacy counts, no matter how large or small.

Your Legacy Options

Once you have made provisions for your nearest and dearest you might choose to leave the remainder, or part of the remainder of your estate to one or more preferred charities.

Your solicitor may find the following wording helpful if you would like to remember the IMNDA in your will:

For a gift of the residue of an estate (a residuary bequest):

To leave a portion, or all, of the residue of your estate:

“I give, devise and bequeath all (or a fraction or a percentage) of the residue of my estate of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, registered charity number CHY8510 (Ireland), and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Association can be relied upon as proof of full discharge of same”.

For a gift of a specific sum of money:

You may like to state a specific sum of money in your Will that you would like to go to a particular charity, or charities of your choice.

“I give, devise and bequeath the sum of €xxx to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, registered charity number CHY8510(Ireland), and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Association can be relied upon as proof of full discharge of same”.

For a gift of a specific item:

To leave a specific item or property:

“I give, devise and bequeath <insert specific item or property here> to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, registered charity number CHY8510(Ireland), and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Association can be relied upon as proof of full discharge of same “.

Leaving a legacy to benefit others in the future is an extremely thoughtful and generous act.

What if I already have a Will?

If you already have a will, it’s easy to amend it to include a gift to the IMNDA. Minor changes like this do not require a new will, as an existing will can be amended by completing a codicil (a document that amends an existing will), which your solicitor will help you draw up.

How do I make a Will?

Simply contact a solicitor and let them know you would like to make out a Will which includes a legacy to the IMNDA. They will advise you on how to do this in order to best suit your needs and wishes. For the purposes of making a Will, you will require our registered charity number, which is CHY 8510. Please let us know if you are leaving a gift to us, we would like to say thank you!

Best Will in the World Week

Best Will in the World Week takes place every October to highlight the importance of making a will.

During Best Will in the World Week, solicitors across the country offer will consultations for a fee of €50. People interested in making their will, or updating an existing will, are also asked to consider leaving a gift to their favourite charity once loved ones have been taken care of.

Check www.bestwill.ie for the dates of the Best Will in the World Week and a list of participating solicitors in your area.

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to the IMNDA.