Volunteers are always needed. There are always ideas for new projects that would benefit the members, but which need volunteers to staff them and keep them going.

The Guild also have a list of members who are willing and able to do talks about a wide range of family and social history topics, which you can find by clicking here. If you would like to have someone speak at your event, or you would like to be included in this list, please contact the Guild's Education Liaison Officer to discuss your requirements or contact the member directly.

In addition, of course, the Guild is always pleased to accept donations to assist in the financing of the Guild's operations and projects. If you would like to make a donation to the Guild you can do so in either of two ways:

  • Send it direct to the Guild Treasurer, at: 168 Green Lane, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6AY, UK; or
  • Use our online Donations form to make a donation via PayPal or credit card

The Guild is able to claim tax back on subscriptions and donations made to the Guild by UK taxpayers who have completed a Gift Aid Declaration. Members do not have to pay vast amounts of tax - if you pay only £3 or £4 a year, the Guild can still claim the tax back. Even if you have no earnings but have a small amount of savings, you are probably paying tax on the interest these savings are earning, and we can claim some of the tax back - as we can with the taxable element of share dividends too.

The Guild would also be grateful for any legacy that you may wish to include in your will. The legacy can either be in respect of a specific sum of money with no conditions, or you may wish to provide a legacy in connection with a donated one-name study. In the latter case, the legacy should aim to cover the costs of the Guild employing a professional researcher to undertake further work on your donated one-name study. In such cases, additional work will be carried out on the donated study up to the value of the legacy.

Members should recognise that there are tax advantages in providing a legacy to a registered charity. Your estate may be liable to inheritance tax, but any gift you make to a registered UK charity, such as the Guild of One-Name Studies, is exempt. In effect this means that the tax payable on your estate is reduced. A suggested example of a Will Codicil is given here.

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