If, like us, you believe in equal opportunity for all Commonwealth citizens regardless of background, religion or educational attainment, then a gift in your Will will allow us to continue our important work enabling more young people the chance to benefit from the opportunities and programmes that the Society has to offer.

Since 1868, the Society has long championed the use of dialogue to challenge the most pressing Commonwealth issues and has been at the forefront of debate on gender discrimination, domestic violence and child marriage within the Commonwealth. As the far back as 1894, the RCS promoted gender equality, inviting a woman to read a paper at a meeting for the first time and admitting women as Fellows to the Society in 1922. Since 2016, we have enabled a youth voice to address the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations on gender issues. 

Each year since 1883, the Society has encouraged the creativity and imagination of tens of thousands of young people. With its rich history of empowering young voices and recognising the achievement of aspiring writers, the international schools’ writing contest, now The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition continues to be a vehicle for the development of young people’s literacy and critical thinking skills, helping to expand their worldview and support the leaders of tomorrow.

The Society continues, through youth empowerment, education and high-level advocacy, to champion literacy, equality and inclusion, the environment and connected communities to achieve a fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous future for all 2.4 billion citizens of the Commonwealth.   

Founded in 1868, the RCS is non-partisan, independent of governments and relies on public generosity to achieve its mission. Once you have provided for your loved ones, please consider leaving a gift, large or small, to the Society to help us broaden our reach and enhance our impact.

Including a legacy to the Royal Commonwealth Society in your will is straightforward. You can make a gift of a specific sum of money or a proportion of your residual estate; if you have already made a will you can add a codicil.

Leaving a legacy to a charity such as the RCS can also be an effective way to reduce inheritance tax.

Listen to the experiences of The Queen’s Young Leaders (a four year programme of which the Society was a partner) – inspirational young people who were selected to receive an Award from Her Majesty The Queen for their dedication to making lasting change in their communities and beyond. Help us to support the leaders of the future.