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Leave a legacy

A gift that will have impact for years to come


Making a will is one way of looking after the people we care about.  It is also a way of helping those organisations that we have been passionate about in our lifetime.  This is an important decision, but it does not have to be complicated. 

The different ways you can make a lasting legacy gift to City Lit:

  • Most legacy gifts are for general purposes which allows us to use the funds where they are most needed. You can either specify an amount of money, which is known as  Pecuniary Bequest, or a share of what is left over after all your wishes have been carried out, which is a Residuary Bequest.

  • You can specify in your will that your preference for your gift be used to fund, for example, the student bursary scheme or a particular subject/department.  When incorporating a gift in this way it is most useful if this is stated as a preference, and not as a condition, wherever possible.

Please visit our frequently asked questions page for more information.


Have a chat with us?
If you’re considering leaving us a gift, we would be delighted to speak with you in confidence to ensure that we can carry out your wishes. Please contact us: or 0207 492 2593.

Please be sure to include our full name and address, along with our registered charity number:
The City Literary Institute, 10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA
Charity Number 803007 


Seeking appropriate legal advice
We strongly recommended that you seek the appropriate legal advice when planning your legacy gift giving.  Leaving a gift could also have tax advantages and your solicitor or professional advisor should be able to give you the most appropriate advice. City Lit is unable to make any recommendations for your legal representation.  However you can find professionals in your area via the law society


We would like to say thank you
Leaving a lasting legacy gift is a very personal and generous gesture.  Whilst some people choose to keep their giving wishes private, with your permission, we would like to be able to say thank you. Please email so we can send you our personal thanks for helping to make the future brighter for City Lit community.