Leave A Legacy - SOS – Sumatran Orangutan Society
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Leave a legacy in your will

Give the Gift of Life, for generations to come

When you choose to leave a gift in your will to SOS you will help to ensure that wild Sumatran and Tapanuli orangutans can thrive in resilient forests.

With your help, we can continue to protect, rewild and connect the irreplaceable rainforests in Sumatra, amongst the most bio-diverse landscapes on our planet.

A gift in your will can help us to plan ahead and ensure we can make the most impact for the future of rare and precious orangutans and their rainforest homes, for generations to come.

Your Lasting Gift

Leaving a gift in your will ensures a lasting impact. Conservation is a long-term and complex process, and your legacy will live on in the rainforest, by protecting remaining standing forest and rewilding and connecting landscapes which need help to flourish.

Your gift can help to plant vital trees for wildlife, providing food and shelter for countless wildlife species.

And trees that grow fruit, or provide other non-timber products, can help forest-edge communities to earn a living, without needing to cut down virgin forest for agriculture. Your gift can help to empower these communities to become champions of their forests – enriching, instead of exploiting, their landscapes for the long term.

Thank you for considering such a meaningful way to make an impact after you have gone.

Writing your will

There are three ways to leave a gift in your will to SOS. We recommend you visit a solicitor or use a trusted online will writing service like FareWill or Bequeathed.

Once you have taken care of your family and your loved ones, you can ask your solicitor or will writer to help you decide which type of gift you would like to leave to SOS.

You can choose to leave:

  •       A share of your estate (a residuary gift) – a percentage of the remainder of your estate after other legacies and costs have been paid. This type of gift is not affected by inflation.
  •       A specified sum (a pecuniary legacy) – for example £10,000. The value of this type of gift will be affected by inflation over time unless your gift is index-linked to the Retail Price Index.
  • A specific item – like an antique or a piece of jewellery.Once you have decided on which type of gift you would like to leave to SOS, you will need to give your solicitor our charity number and address: Sumatran Orangutan Society, 6 Lombard Street, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 5BJ. Charity no. 1158711.

The Wisdom Circle

When you pledge to leave a gift to SOS in your will, please let us know. We would love to keep you up to date with our progress so you can feel confident that your gift will be in safe hands and make a real impact.

You are also warmly welcomed to consider joining the Wisdom Circle – a group of fellow SOS legacy pledgers. Wisdom Circle members are invited to special events and get the inside track on developments in Sumatra, as well as regular updates and briefings.

To find out more, read our Wisdom Circle brochure, or contact sarah@orangutans-sos.org or call the SOS HQ on 01235 530825. We look forward to hearing from you and are so grateful for your generous care for orangutans and their forests.


Leave A Legacy

“In between courses of chemo,
Lucy swung from jungle trees to show young
apes how to do it. If the orangutans, tigers and rhinos
survive against all odds it will be due to Lucy, SOS,
the staff on the ground and supporters like you”

- Dr Charlotte Jones, Lucy’s mother

An adult sumatran orangutan

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