Leave a bequest and a lasting legacy of hope

A legacy in your will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways that you can support Breadline Africa’s efforts to develop phenomenal children who grow up to make a positive contribution to society.

Once you have provided for your family and friends, leaving a gift to Breadline Africa will help a while new generation of children learn and grow.

No legacy is too small.

If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to Breadline Africa in your will, please let us know. Although your will is a confidential and private document, we would welcome the opportunity to thank you for this most generous gesture, and to have the chance to plan with your gift will be used.

Please contact us if you need any more advice on the kind of legacy gift you would like to leave Breadline Africa or the correct way to express your wishes in your will.


“Why I am leaving a legacy” ~ Helen

Helen McSweeney

Helen McSweeney

“I have been involved with Breadline Africa now for many, many years. I was first introduced through a letter that arrived asking for support for one of their wonderful projects. What really hooked me was how appreciative Breadline Africa was of any donation I sent them.

Edna Titus has become a very dear friend of  mine. She keeps me updated on all the projects I supported and made me feel I was making a difference to the most vulnerable in our society, the poor. Breadline Africa depend solely on donations and bequests and put this money to such wonderful use in all the projects they support.

Breadline Africa is all about helping people to help themselves and give them back their dignity. To see the happy faces of the children they have looked after and fed would light up any room!

It gives me great pleasure to leave a legacy in my will to support this wonderful organisation. Love and caring can travel across continents.”

“Needless to say, there is a legacy for Breadline Africa in my will” ~ Lin

Lin Hinds

Lin Hinds

“As a teenager in the l960s, l became aware of the growing campaign against apartheid and became a supporter of the Canon Collins Trust Fund and continue to support its successor CCETSA.  It was probably through that connection that I heard of your work at Breadline Africa and became a supporter.  I have always thought it best to support directly those actually doing the work on the ground and it is impressive just how many people you have helped in one way or another.

When my sister died at only 52, we were devastated.  She had an affinity with young children and had just reduced her hours at work so she could volunteer at a local children’s hospice so I thought what better memorial than one of your kitchens.

In the past 4 years both my parents died.  They spent a lifetime thinking of and helping other and our home was always full of people, laughter and music where everyone and anyone was made welcome.  Now that home has gone and it a great comfort that your containers will take its place and become a place where people can support one another.   Needless to say, there is a legacy for BA in my will!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Why donate through my will?

Knowing that your donation will become available to Breadline Africa in future years allows us to keep our long-term commitments to the communities that we support and allows us to plan for the future.

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What if I change my mind?

You are free to change your mind at any time. Letting us know you plan to leave a legacy gift to Breadline Africa doesn’t commit you to doing so. It would be really helpful if you are able to tell us that you have changed your mind.

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What if my circumstances change?

Your will writer will make sure your will is worded in such a way that it will take account of any changes in your personal circumstances – such as a birth, marriage, or a change in your finances. He or she will discuss the best way for you to provide for your family and friends, while also allowing you to support your favourite charity.

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I’ve already written my will. Do I need to draw up a new will?

No, if you already have a will and want to add a bequest to Breadline Africa, please visit a solicitor or legal professional to add a legal codicil specifying the terms of your gift.

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I’d like to ensure that my legacy is used for a particular project. How do I do this?

If you want your gift to be used in a certain way, you can include this in your Will. However, please phrase this as a request, not a condition. If the conditions are stated too specifically and circumstances change, sadly we may not be able to use your legacy gift.

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Are there different ways to leave a gift to Breadline Africa?

Yes. There are four main types of gift you can leave to a charity like Breadline Africa:

  1. A pecuniary gift: Leaving a gift of a specific amount of money to Breadline Africa
  2. A residuary gift: Giving a share (or residue) of your estate to Breadline Africa, after taking care of your loved ones and any other bequests
  3. A reversionary gift: Taking care of your loved ones during their lifetime, after which your estate or part thereof will revert to Breadline Africa
  4. A gift in kind: Giving a particular item such as property, other assets, art and jewellery. Breadline Africa welcomes gifts of any kind.
Click on the links below to download suggested wording in word .doc format:  A pecuniary gift  |  A gift in kind  |  A reversionary gift  |  A residuary gift

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What information do I need to include when I’m leaving a gift in my will?

The most important information to include is our name, address and registered charity number which will depend on which country you are in. If in South Africa, please use: Breadline Africa RSA 2 Somerset Road Green Point Cape Town 8005 Registered charity in South Africa: 053-406-NPO If in the UK or Ireland, please use: Breadline Africa UK 29 Lower Brook Street Ipswich Suffolk England Registered charity in England and Wales 1075525

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When is a good time to make a will?

It is never too early to make a will. Many people die without making a will (this is called dying intestate), which means family or friends left behind may face problems. By making a will now, you can have the peace of mind that you have protected your estate and provided for your loved ones.

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Is making a will difficult?

It is simple to find a legal professional you can trust to write your will. In South Africa, your bank will assist you to draw the documentation up for a modest fee, and internationally, a firm of solicitors would be the best option and they will also charge a fee. Most professionals will send you a list of the things you need to think about before you meet them or a form you can start filling in to make what you want to achieve with your will clear. That way, you can work through at home what you own, what you want to leave, who you want to leave it to, and who you want to appoint as your executor(s). South Africa When drafting your will or adding a codicil, the following wording is recommended: I, ________________ (name) bequeath (the residue of my estate, or percentage of my estate, or a certain amount) to Breadline Africa South Africa, NPO nr. 053-406-NPO, and main place of business at 2 Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, to be used at the sole discretion of the organisation, to further the work done in poverty stricken communities.

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Why do I need a will?

We all need to make a will to provide for our loved ones after we’ve gone, and to make sure our wishes are carried out after our deaths. Otherwise promises you have made may not be carried out, your wishes may be disregarded, and you may leave your loved ones with a legal and financial mess to resolve. Your will should be reviewed from time to time to make sure that it reflects your current circumstances, and any changes in your family, like marriage or divorce, the birth of children or grandchildren, or coming into an inheritance. Inheritance tax criteria also occasionally change, so it’s a good idea to check if this affects your estate. If you want to make any changes, get professional assistance. Do not make any changes yourself or this could invalidate your will.

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Please let us know!

If you do kindly decide to leave Breadline Africa in your will, please let us know as having this information helps us to plan for the future. We are very appreciative of your support and do naturally understand that wills may change over time.

If in South Africa, contact Edna Titus on +27 21 418 0322 or edna@breadlineafrica.org.za.

If outside of South Africa, please contact Wendy Hill on +44 1473 259048 or info@breadlineafrica.org.uk

Internationale Verklaring van Ethische Principes
 Breadline Africa hanteert de internationale verklaring van ethische principes bij het werven van fondsen, handelt volgens de vijf onderstaande universele principes en voldoet aan de wetgeving van elk land waarin zij opereert:

Eerlijkheid: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde eerlijk en waarheidsgetrouw, zodat het vertrouwen van het publiek is beschermd en donateurs en begunstigden niet worden misleid.

Respect: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde met respect voor de waardigheid van hun vak en hun organisatie, en met respect voor de waardigheid van donoren en begunstigden.

Integriteit: Fondsenwervers zullen open optreden en vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid voor het vertrouwen dat zij van de maatschappij genieten. Zij zullen melding maken van alle huidige of potentiële belangenconflicten en elke schijn van persoonlijk of professioneel wangedrag vermijden.

Empathie: Fundraisers zullen zodanig werken dat dit hun doel bevordert en zij zullen anderen aanmoedigen om dezelfde professionele standaard en betrokkenheid te gebruiken. Zij zullen waarde hechten aan de persoonlijke levenssfeer, de individuele keuzevrijheid en de verscheidenheid in al zijn vormen.

Transparantie: Fondsenwervers streven er naar om over het werk dat ze doen, over de manier waarop donaties worden beheerd en uitgekeerd en over de kosten en uitgaven, op een accurate en begrijpelijke wijze, heldere rapportages te leveren.

Click here for the full statement.

Breadline Africa onderschrijft ook de in 1993 door de Vereniging van Fondsenwervende Professionals en andere aanverwante organisaties aangenomen ‘Donor Bill of Rights’.

De Donor Bill of Rights

Filantropie is gebaseerd op een vrijwillig handelen voor het algemeen belang. Het is een traditie van geven en delen die de grondslag is voor kwaliteit van leven. Om de waarden van filantropie en het vertrouwen van het publiek te waarborgen, en  ervoor te zorgen dat donateurs en toekomstige donateurs het volste vertrouwen hebben in non-profit organisaties, verklaren wij dat alle donateurs over de onderstaande rechten beschikken:

  1. Het recht op informatie over de missie van de organisatie, haar doelstellingen en over de manier waarop de organisatie verkregen gelden inzet en over haar mogelijkheden daartoe;
  2. Het recht op informatie over de leden van het bestuur van de organisatie en op een gerechtvaardigde verwachting zodat zij een verstandig oordeel vellen vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid;
  3. Het recht op toegang tot de meest recente financiële jaarverslagen;
  4. De verzekering te hebben dat giften worden ingezet voor het doel waarvoor ze gegeven zijn;
  5. Het recht als donateur passende erkenning en waardering te krijgen;
  6. Het vertrouwen te hebben dat informatie over hun donatie met respect en vertrouwelijk wordt behandeld, zoals gesteld in de wet van het land van de donateur;
  7. Erop te kunnen vertrouwen dat alle relaties met personen die de organisatie vertegenwoordigen, van professionele aard zijn;
  8. Er via de website of anderszins gemakkelijk achter te kunnen komen dat degenen die namens de organisatie om donaties vragen, vrijwilligers, medewerkers of professioneel ingehuurde krachten van de organisatie zijn;
  9. Het recht en de mogelijkheid te hebben te worden verwijderd van verzendlijsten die de organisatie wil delen met andere fondsenwervende organisaties;
  10. Zich vrij en onbezwaard te voelen om vragen te stellen bij het doneren van geld en daarop prompt eerlijke en oprechte antwoorden te krijgen.

Als u vindt dat Breadline Africa niet aan één of meer van deze eisen voldoet, neem dan gerust contact op bij info@breadline-africa.nl.

Breadline Africa Nederland draagt zowel het ANBI als het Goede Doelen keurmerk.



Fundraising Principles


Breadline Africa aligns itself with the international statement of ethical principles in fundraising, in particular, the following five universal principles and complies with the fundraising laws in each country in which it operates:

Honesty: Fundraisers shall at all times act honestly and truthfully so that the public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled.

Respect: Fundraisers shall at all times act with respect for the dignity of their profession and their organisation and with respect for the dignity of donors and beneficiaries.

Integrity: Fundraisers will act openly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest and avoid any appearance of personal or professional misconduct.

Empathy: Fundraisers will work in a way that promotes their purpose and encourage others to use the same professional standards and engagement. They shall value individual privacy, freedom of choice, and diversity in all forms.

Transparency: Fundraisers stimulate clear reports about the work they do, the way donations are managed and disbursed, and costs and expenses, in an accurate and comprehensible manner.

Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

Donor Bill of Rights


Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Breadline Africa continuously monitors its internal processes to ensure these standards are maintained. If at any time you feel that Breadline Africa is not meeting these standards, please contact us at info@breadlineafrica.org.za.