Leave a Legacy

Through its library and collections, publications, meetings, website, education programme, medals, awards and grants, the Society seeks to further the study of and an enthusiasm for the science of natural history to continue Linnaeus’ legacy. Will you help us?

Please consider leaving a gift to the Linnean Society in your will. In the UK, only one in three people makes a will, of which only one in eight leaves a legacy to charity. Leaving a legacy is one of the best ways to support work that you care about and ensure that it continues. Any gifts you leave to charity will be free of Inheritance Tax.

Your legacy could be given to the Society as a single “lump-sum” specified within your will, or as a proportion of your estate, or as stocks and shares, or as property or as a gift in memory of a family member, friend or colleague.

Professor Irene Manton left a legacy with the wish that some of her money be used to provide an annual prize for the best PhD thesis in Botany

"I'm leaving a legacy to the Linnean Society because I know I can trust them to use it sensibly for things that I consider important and worthwhile."Ro Lowe-McConnell FLS

"My husband, Dr John Marsden was Executive Secretary of the Linnean Society from 1989-2004. I am so pleased that his passion for the Society and his desire to promote scientific diversity and debate lives on in a fund supported by a gift from his estate." Hazel Marsden

"The Linnean Society has an illustrious history and an international reputation for engaging with a wide range of scientific issues, not least taxonomy, which underpins so much of our biological knowledge. A legacy to the Linnean Society will help them develop this work and offer opportunities for many more people to learn and discover more about the natural world." Sir David Attenborough Hon FLS

If you are interested in leaving a legacy to the Society or wish to add the Society as a beneficiary to an existing will, please contact us and we will send you the form of words. If you have already made provision for a gift to the Society in your will, we are most grateful and please let us know so we can ensure our records are correct.

Any legacy, however small, will help the Society and its work.

For more information and if you would like to discuss any aspect of how best to make a donation, please email our Head of Finance or call +44 (0)20 7434 4479 Ext.220