There are lots of ways to get involved with NAM and help us raise funds – whether you want to give in celebration, leave a gift in your will, get your company involved, take on a fundraising challenge or donate through payroll giving.
It’s so easy to create and personalise your own fundraising page and invite friends and family to make a donation using sites like JustGiving. They’ll send your donations to NAM and automatically claim Gift Aid – an extra 25% for us at no extra cost to you.
And we’re here to help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for fundraising tips and ideas. We’d also love to hear your stories so please get in touch if NAM has made a difference to you or friends and family – your story is a really powerful tool we can use to help others.
Make a donation
NAM is a UK-based charity. We produce independent, evidence-based and clearly written information to support the fight against HIV.
In order to continue our work we need support from people like you. People who understand that the work we do plays a vital role in supporting people with HIV to look after their health, make decisions about their care, and live a life free from the anxiety and fear that all too often accompanies an HIV diagnosis.
If you are able, please consider making a donation today to support our work. You can be sure that, no matter how large or small your donation, every penny will go towards providing HIV information that supports people to fight HIV.
NAM’s small staff and trustee team passionately believe in the value of the work we do and information resources we provide. We would like to say a heartfelt thank you for joining our efforts to make sure people with HIV have access to the information that we know is vital to support their health and lives.
What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity and boosting the value of your donations. It allows NAM to claim almost a third more on top of your donation if you are a UK taxpayer, at no extra cost to you. For every pound you give, we will receive an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue & Customs. Make sure you always tick the Gift Aid box when you donate, to make your donation go that little bit further.
How to Gift Aid your donation
All you have to do is make a simple Gift Aid Declaration so that NAM can claim back Gift Aid on your donation. You do this by simply ticking the Gift Aid box when you donate.
By agreeing to Gift Aid your donation, you are agreeing to the Gift Aid Declaration (see below).
Gift Aid Declaration
I confirm that I am a UK taxpayer and I would like NAM Publications to treat all donations I have made in the 6 years prior to this year and all donations I make in the future as Gift Aid donations until I notify you otherwise. I understand that I must pay an amount in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that NAM will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year (currently 25p for every £1 donated).
How your support makes a difference
NAM is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, and UK registered charity. We rely on donations from the public, from charitable trusts & foundations and from businesses to enable us to deliver our vital HIV and AIDS information services to people around the world.
Every year, with your support and generosity, we make a big impact on the lives of people with HIV. But in terms of the funding we receive and the number of staff we have, we are a tiny, independent community-based organisation (CBO). Find out more about how we make a difference here.
We are so grateful to every single person, trust, foundation and company who donates, or has donated in the past. It is your commitment and generosity that underpins everything we do.
No matter how big or small – every donation really does make a difference to what we can achieve for people affected by HIV.
One person told us:
"The fact that I am still here after 10 years of diagnosis has a lot to do with your work."
But we simply couldn't do it without you.
Leave a gift in your Will
My parents do not worry about me anymore...I owe you all so much. You have been such a rock – a shining light in my darkest days.
Leaving a gift in your Will is a wonderful way to support a cause that you believe in, and any gift that you could leave to NAM will make such a big difference to the experience of people living with HIV for the next generation.
Medical advances now mean people diagnosed with HIV can expect to live into a healthy old age. The improvement has been astounding, and NAM has been there every step of the way, supporting individuals and communities to manage HIV with accurate, impartial information. But there is still so much work to be done.
Leaving a gift in your Will can make such a huge difference to the work NAM can achieve. No matter how big or small, you can make your money count, and make a real change to the lives of people with HIV.
A few questions answered
Why should I make a Will?
Making a Will is a way to ensure that all of your personal belongings and assets are dealt with as you would like after you die. If you do not make a Will, the law decides how your estate gets divided up. It is important that you keep your Will up to date so that it reflects your personal circumstances.
How do I make a Will?
Making a Will is not difficult or expensive. Contact a solicitor to talk about it and be sure to make your wishes clear. To find a solicitor near you, visit the Law Society website and type in your postcode. You can ask a solicitor to give you a quote of how much it will cost to make a Will before you begin the process. Unless your Will is complicated, its preparation should be relatively inexpensive.
The fact that I am still here after 10 years of diagnosis has a lot to do with your work. HIV Treatment Update Reader
How do I leave a gift in my Will?
If you would like to leave a gift in your Will to NAM, your solicitor will prepare some wording and simply attach a written form called a codicil form, to your Will.
Does leaving a gift in my Will affect my tax position?
Yes. Gifts to registered charities in your Will are free of inheritance tax. If the value of your estate is over the tax threshold, leaving a gift in your Will could reduce the amount of inheritance tax you would need to pay (charitable gifts are deducted from your estate before the tax is calculated).
Making sense of the lingo
There is a huge amount of information about Wills out there and a lot of the jargon that is used can make the process seem confusing. We’ve listed below some of the terms and words that are likely to crop up when looking into leaving a charitable gift, to make things a little bit clearer.
Estate - all of a person's personal possessions at the time of their health, including money and property.
Legacy - another way of saying 'gift in your Will'.
Pecuniary legacy - a fixed amount of money given as a gift.
Residuary legacy - a gift consisting of a proportion of a person’s estate, once all the debits, charges and gifts have been deducted.
Specific legacy - a gift of a particular item e.g. a painting.
Codicil - a document which enables you to make a simple alteration to your already existing will.
If you would like any further information about leaving a gift in your Will, feel free to ring the office on 020 7837 6988 and we'll be happy to answer your questions, or email email@example.com.
A message from NAM's founder, Peter Scott
"The HIV epidemic was very different when I founded NAM in 1987. People with HIV were faced with ‘information chaos’ and were understandably frightened and alarmed by what they were witnessing within their communities and among their friends, partners and family members. In the midst of this confusion, along with a group of committed volunteers, I sought to create a source of calm, authoritative and trustworthy information on which those living with HIV in the UK could rely.
Over 20 years on and NAM’s work has grown enormously, underpinned by our continued commitment and drive. NAM has been a constant source of clear, evidence-based information both to people living with HIV and to healthcare professionals and support workers. Through our award-winning website, www.aidsmap.com, we now support a truly global audience.
I am so proud of what NAM has achieved and how far we have come. When somebody tells me that the information they received from NAM quite literally saved their life, it’s the best affirmation ever; but there is so much more that needs to be done.
There is a huge discrepancy in the quality of information available worldwide – very few countries are fortunate enough to have organisations like NAM. So, every day the team at NAM carry out remarkable work producing and sharing information and expertise with others across the world – often to areas completely devastated by the effects of HIV and AIDS.
The commitment and generosity of people like you is what has been at the heart of NAM’s success over the years. By leaving a gift to NAM in your Will you will help us extend the reach of our vital information still further and improve the future for people with HIV. Crucially, your support also allows us to remain wholly independent; leaving a gift to NAM will help us to ensure there is always accurate, reliable and unbiased HIV information available to anyone who needs it, wherever they are in the world.
As NAM’s founder and as a Trustee, I know how greatly your support makes a difference. Every gift left by our generation will make a huge difference to the experience of HIV of the next. Thank you."
Peter Scott, NAM's founder
If you have any questions about leaving a gift in your Will, contact us.