Legacy Donations

Share your passion to see the arts in Scotland become more accessible to future generations of disabeld artists by leaving us a gift in your will.

A shot from behind a large group of 13 people. They appear to be a range of ages; from childhood to old age. They are gathered in red plastic chairs in a semi circle all pointed towards three young people at the front who appear to be talking.

Our stages and cultural spaces are far richer when they represent and explore the experiences of everyone. So many stories of disabled people remain to be told and so many disabled people remain excluded from participation in the arts, whether this is enjoying a work of art or creating art for others to enjoy.

We are working towards a Scotland where disabled artists are recognised for the excellence of their work, celebrated for the stories they bring to the stage and are a vital part of the cultural landscape.

Photo from rehearsed reading of “____ is where the heart is”

Your support and investment in BOP helps change that cultural landscape whether this is through the work we put on stages, the development opportunities we create for young disabled people or the work we undertaking supporting other organisations to change.

You can help us achieve our vision and change and transform the lives and careers of young disabled people.

Why leave a gift?

Sal, Rob, Oone and Ollie pose with big smiles, and smile for a photograph. They are backstage and there is lighting and sound equipment in the background all set against a greenscreen. They are posing with a large rainbow tube around them.

A donation to Birds of Paradise today allows us to champion the work of disabled artists tomorrow. Small or large, all gifts make a difference.

  • £200 could pay for a Sign Language Interpreter during a workshop
  • £500 could help pay for mentoring for an artist
  • £1,000 could fund a development week to kick off a new BOP production
  • £10,000 could ensure we can tour work and address the additional cost of accessible accommodation and transport

Photo from back stage of The Super Special Disability Roadshow

How do I leave a gift?

Your solicitor can take you through the process of creating a will or making a change to an existing will.

You’ll want to consider:

Your loved ones Your family and friends will be your first priority when it comes to writing your will. Once you’ve taken care of loved ones, you might consider leaving a gift to a charity.

The value of your estate Think about your assets and anything that you owe, such as an outstanding mortgage.

What type of gift you wish to leave There are typically three different types of gifts left to charities. Below we explain the types of gifts and some of the jargon:

  • A residuary gift – This simply means the remainder of your estate once all other gifts, expenses and inheritance tax have been paid. It could be all of the remainder of your estate or a percentage.
  • A pecuniary gift – This means a specific fixed amount decided by you for example £100, £1,000 or £5,000.
  • A specific gift – This is a physical item, such as a piece of jewellery.

Inheritance tax

Leaving a gift in your will can change the amount of inheritance tax paid.

The inheritance tax threshold is currently £325,000 in Scotland. Anything over this amount is taxed at 40%.

However, if you leave 10% or more of your net value to charity in your will, then inheritance tax will be lower.

Your solicitor will be able to give you more information on this.

Get in touch

Please consider leaving a gift in your will to Birds of Paradise. A gift today means allows us to keep .

If you would like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your will, please call or email our Engagement Manager, Callum Madge: