Remember Ecology in your Will
Legacies have played a major role in supporting the advancement of ecological science. Over the years we have benefited from the generosity of people who have demonstrated their passion for ecology by remembering BES in their Will. Their legacy lives on in the work that their gifts have made possible.
How legacies have helped support ecologists
The Jackson Legacy helped build accommodation in the Serengeti National Park for African ecologists undertaking long term field work. The Parkyn Legacy paid the travel expenses of 42 early career ecologists from the developing world enabling them to attend the Intecol conference in London present their research and further their careers. For some it was a life changing experience.
‘ I could not have attended INTECOL without the help of the Parkyn travel bursary which enabled me to present my first paper at an international meeting as an early PhD student. It helped me make new connections, access other funding and network with some brilliant people. The bursary made a tremendous impact on my research and had a transformative impact on my scientific career. Thank you to BES and of course thank you to Dr Parkyn .’ Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
By remembering ecology in your Will you are helping to give the next generation of ecologists the support that they deserve.
How your money will be spent
You can make an unrestricted gift which would mean that BES Council (ecological scientists who serve as our trustees) would decide where your gift is most effectively spent. All gifts will be used to help us achieve our mission to, ‘generate, communicate and promote ecological knowledge and solutions.’
Alternatively, you can designate your gift to support a specific area of our work. We have created three giving options. We believe that they reflect the priorities of our membership and the wider ecological community.
Ecology – The Next Generation. Supporting initiatives designed to attract the best talent. The aim is to increase the diversity of people studying and working in ecology.
Ecology in Africa. Supporting our research, capacity building and training work with local partners in Africa including the successful but over subscribed Ecologists in Africa grants programme.
Bridging the Gap. Supporting early career ecologists in the difficult period when funding has ended and they are looking to secure their first position in the profession.
Please note that we do not employ the services of external fundraising agencies. All Wills and legacies activity is delivered by the BES team as part of the work of our membership team. No part of any gift or bequest you make to the BES will be paid in commission to a fundraiser.
Small contribution – big impact
Every gift in every Will, however large or small will make a difference. Demand for all our programmes always exceeds supply. For example, only 6% of applicants to our Ecologists in Africa grants programme receive funding, even though 20% of them score above 80% in their assessment. BES travel grants designed to help early career ecologists attend meetings and symposia are often exhausted a few days after we open for applications.
We understand that your family and loved ones come first. With that in mind, you might consider leaving 1% of of your estate to support ecology in the future. This gift would only be released after your family and loved ones had received their 99% share. This is normally called a Residuary Will. Alternatively you might leave a fixed ammount, normally called a Percuniary Will. Howver, the real value of fixed ammount gifts is likely to decline with inflation.
What if you have a specific capital project in mind?
Substantial bequests can be dedicated to the building of new facilities dedicated to the furtherance of ecological science. However, we can only consider this option when:
- in partnership with local agencies, we have established that a real need exists
- the person leaving the legacy or their executors have identified a partner in advance who would commit to cover all running costs of the facility after it is built.
Major decisions on capital projects are made by BES Council.
Finding a Solicitor
We do not offer legal advice or recommend law firms. However, you can take advantage of the Law Society of England and Wales’ free Find a Solicitor Guide at http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/ A similar service is offered for people resident in Scotland by the Law Society of Scotland at http://www.lawscot.org.uk/find-a-solicitor/ BES members resident in Northern Ireland can take advantage of the service offered by the Law Society of Northern Ireland at https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors
The only advice that we do offer is that you should always take the advice of a full qualified legal professional when making or changing a Will.
Our legacy promise
Making a Will is one of the most important events of anyone’s life. We understand that if your decide to remember BES in your Will that your privacy must be respected at all times in a process that you control. No one form BES will ever call you unless you request it or ask about your private affairs.
This is our promise to you.
We hope that you will consider remembering ecology in your Will.