A future where nature and people flourish is a future we all want for generations to come. But one critical factor remains neglected by policy makers and the general public: population. Achieving a sustainable future largely rests on our numbers, and we are campaigning to bring them in harmony with nature before it’s too late. Is this a legacy you’d like to be part of?

We are the only UK charity campaigning to raise awareness of the impact population growth has on our environmental future. This means that any contribution you can make, large or small, will make a very direct and immediate impact on an otherwise neglected cause.

“In my lifetime alone the population of the world has increased threefold. The future looks bleak, with countries increasingly likely to fight over declining finite resources of land, water and minerals. In the United Kingdom, the population has grown over 30 per cent; the effects in terms of urban blight and sprawl are apparent everywhere. If one’s life is to have any meaning it should be devoted to leaving some benefit, however small. That is why I shall leave a bequest to Population Matters and why I urge others to do the same.”

 – John C., Suffolk, Population Matters Supporter

The impact of your legacy

Legacy gifts are critical to our work, comprising almost 10 per cent of our donations. Without these precious gifts, our campaign would not have achieved so many successes since its humble origins 25 years ago. These successes include reaching an international membership base of over 3000, launching local groups and speaker series throughout the UK, and reaching 140 pieces of media coverage in national and local media sources. Together, we are addressing the critical omission of population growth in the awareness of policy makers and the general public.

With your help, we can continue expanding our campaign more effectively, and with greater confidence, into the future.

How to leave a legacy

Before making a will, think about what assets you have and who you want to leave them to. Gifts to charities in wills are tax free and thus reduce your inheritance tax threshold and potentially the tax on your estate. You can specify in your will a fixed amount of money or specific items (this is called pecuniary) or the whole or a share of what’s left over after any fixed legacies (this is called residuary). Examples of ways you can leave gifts in your will for Population Matters, with suggested wording, include:

Pecuniary (example)

I give free of inheritance tax £X to Population Matters, previously the Optimum Population Trust, of 135 – 137 Station Road, London E4 6AG, Regd. Company No. 3019081, Regd. Charity No. 1114109, [for its general charitable purposes] [and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors].

Residuary (example)

My trustees shall hold my/x share(s) of my residuary estate and the income thereof for Population Matters, previously the Optimum Population Trust, of 135 – 137 Station Road, London E4 6AG, Regd. Company No. 3019081, Regd. Charity No.1114109, absolutely [for its general charitable purposes] [and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors].

If you’d like to know more…

To speak to someone at Population Matters about leaving a gift in your will,

please call 020 8123 9116 or contact us at supporters@populationmatters.org.