Building a lasting relationship with Guildford

Without the generosity of donors The Guildford Institute could not have achieved the huge leaps of modernisation it has made in the last few years.


As a small, independent charity, basic running costs are covered by day-to-day income such as course and activity fees and revenue from room hire.

However, we rely heavily on grants and donations to continue to make improvements, especially to the building and facilities which are necessary to ensure the Institute remains embedded in Guildford life.

Big projects such as installing the lift and reconfiguring reception, which now allow full disabled access for the first time, and smaller projects, such as improvements to the kitchen and installing air-conditioning units in the Assembly Room, simply would not have been possible without the generosity of our members and friends and the support of funding bodies.


We need to promote what we offer to a wider audience and improve our facilities and resources to ensure that the Institute continues to thrive at the heart of Guildford now and in the future. To achieve these aims, we have to seek practical support and donations including legacies.

We would be extremely grateful if you would consider making a difference by leaving a legacy to The Guildford Institute in your will.

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Leaving a charitable legacy (once your family and friends have been considered) is a generous and altruistic thing to do.

Your gift to The Guildford Institute will have a long-lasting impact and will be a fitting tribute, ensuring that you are remembered at The Guildford Institute for years to come. It is very straightforward to include a legacy in your will, usually just requiring a single paragraph.

If you have already made a will, but would like to leave a gift to The Guildford Institute, you can do so by making an addition – a codicil – to your existing will.

While it is possible to write your own will, we recommend that you use a solicitor to draft it and that you let your family know what you are planning to do.

Whether you are drafting a will for the first time or updating an existing will, you will need to decide what type of gift you would like to leave to The Guildford Institute.

A residuary gift is where you leave a share or the whole of whatever is left in your estate after all other payments and legacies have been made.

A cash (or pecuniary) gift is where you make a gift of a fixed amount of money to The Guildford Institute.

A specific gift is where you leave a particular asset to The Guildford Institute such as property, shares or personal possessions.

Legacies to charities, such as The Guildford Institute, are exempt from inheritance tax, so all your gift will go directly to the Institute and the beneficiaries of your estate may also be eligible for a reduction in inheritance tax.



I discovered the Institute almost thirty years ago and since then have been a keen supporter, becoming a life member in 2008. Following early retirement in 2010, I was able to become more involved as a trustee.

The Institute is a special place in the heart of Guildford, providing a unique learning and cultural hub for the local community.

By leaving a legacy I am able to help the Institute continue to develop when my life membership eventually expires!

Mike Adams



Please remember to use our full name, registered address and charity number:
The Guildford Institute Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH
Charity number: 1125031

Whether you are drafting a will for the first time or updating an existing will, you will need to decide what type of gift you would like to leave to The Guildford Institute.

If you would like to discuss your options further, in strictest confidence, please contact:

Amy Rice, Institute Manager
Phone: 01483 562142

Thank you for considering leaving a legacy to The Guildford Institute.