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Leave a Lasting Legacy

Gloeotrichia Hilda-Canter Lund

Remember the FBA in your Will

Leaving a legacy to the Freshwater Biological Association will make a real difference to continuing the work of the Association in future years.

Our scientists and supporters have always had foresight. Legacy giving is one way for the FBA to continue to be able to look far into the future. For the donor, legacy giving is a way of making sure that lifetime interests continue.

Gifts from legacies to the FBA are used to fund fellowships and studentships, to maintain the library and information services, to host meetings and courses, to safeguard our historical assets and to inspire ideas, people and facilities for future generations.

Legacies already make a real contribution to the Association's work, through, for example, bequests from the fish biologist Winifred Frost and from the FBA's former Director, Hugh Gilson. The Hugh Cary Gilson Award is an annual grant given to an FBA member to help fund new and novel research into any aspect of freshwater science. The Frost bequest is given to help fund research, specifically into fish biology.

Why legacies are important

For nearly 80 years, the FBA has promoted freshwater biology through research, publications, education and independent opinion. At our laboratories on the shores of Windermere and on the banks of the River Frome in Dorset, the FBA works to understand the life of fresh waters worldwide. We publish identification keys to freshwater organisms and other specialist volumes and have one of the finest freshwater libraries in the world. Long term records of lakes and rivers started by the FBA are some of the longest in existence and are invaluable to the future of the freshwater environment.

The FBA is an independent Registered Charity and membership organisation. We receive no direct Government funding and rely on legacies, grants, subscriptions and donations to support the furtherance of our Charitable Objectives.

How your gift could be remembered

A significant legacy can be marked in some way, for example, to name a research grant. Or you may prefer to help secure the future of key activities of the FBA by asking the Trustees to use your legacy for a specific purpose. These could include support to:

bosmina Science – for research projects, provision of equipment, support to training

bosmina Information – for the library, maintaining the archive, support for publication and digital information services

bosmina Fritsch – for the curation of a unique collection of algal illustrations

bosmina General – for furthering the FBA's mission and vision

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For further information and an outline form of words for a will please go to the next section

For general information about legacy giving go to

It is advisable to obtain the advice of a solicitor in drawing up a Will

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