Gifts in wills

Will you help us continue our essential work beyond your lifetime, as the need for progress becomes ever more critical?

Population Matters is one of the world’s foremost population charities campaigning for a better future for all. If, like us, you envisage a future where nature and future generations thrive in harmony within our planet’s means, please consider including a legacy to Population Matters in your will.

By making a will you can ensure your loved ones are protected first and foremost, but leaving even a small percentage of your estate to Population Matters will make a direct contribution to our vision of a sustainable human population, for the benefit of people and planet. Any contribution you make, large or small, will be gratefully received.

“I want to ensure help is given to charities which will benefit my grandchildren and great grandchildren’s generations in the future world we bequeath them.”

 David H., Population Matters Supporter

The ultimate gift

Legacy gifts represent a critical part of our income at around 20% annually. Without these precious, transformational gifts, our campaigns would not have achieved so many successes since our humble origins 30 years ago. However, there is much more to do and we need your support.

With your help, we can continue expanding our campaign for a better future more effectively and with greater confidence for many years to come, until our vision becomes reality. We promise to continue empowering women and girls across the world to choose their family size and lobbying policy makers to ensure population is included in global strategies.

Leave the ultimate legacy for future generations by helping us to ensure individual choices can be made, and are underpinned by policy commitments for a better future.

“Everything that Population Matters does, as I see it, is actually focussed on the love of the human being, its quality of life and its survival into the future.”

Judy Ling Wong, Patron


It is important to seek professional advice when writing your will or updating an existing will. You can find a legal professional near you via The Law Society, or for more general information about making a will, visit

Before making your will, think about what assets you have and who you want to leave them to. If you change your mind, it is important to keep your will up to date to ensure your wishes for loved ones and any of the charities you want to support are clearly understood.

Gifts in wills to UK registered charities like ours are free from inheritance tax and if you give over 10 per cent of your estate to charitable causes, you can benefit from a discounted inheritance tax rate of 36 per cent across the remainder of your estate.

You can either specify to leave a fixed amount of money (pecuniary), bequest items such as property or jewellery (fixed), or the whole or a percentage share of what remains of your estate after any fixed legacies, taxes and administration fees (residuary).

Whatever bequest you choose to make to Population Matters, please use the following details:

Population Matters, the working name of Optimum Population Trust
The Chandlery, 50 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7QY, UK
Registered Charity No.: 1114109

“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., Population Matters Supporter

Please let us know

If you do choose to leave a legacy to Population Matters, we would be delighted if you could let us know via as it helps us to plan for the future. Thank you very much for your kind generosity.


If you have any questions or would like more information about leaving a legacy to Population Matters, please contact Sho Nair via 020 4552 5152 or


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