Raising funds through Legacies

5 Nov 2018 Sandra Bailie    Last updated: 5 Nov 2018

will to give week 5 to 11 november 2018

As one of our series of guest blogs we asked Eimear McCooey, chair of Will to Give, to tell us about raising funds through legacies and promoting leaving a charitable gift in your will.

Will to Give is a membership charity of almost 60 charities in Northern Ireland, working together to promote gifts in Wills.

Will to Give is dedicating the week of 5-11 November to promoting an increasingly popular way of giving, leaving a charitable gift in your Will, with our Change the Future campaign - how will you #changethefuture?

Every day right here in Northern Ireland lives are transformed thanks to the generosity of gifts left in Wills by local people. In the last year 1686 legacies were left to charities in NI. When prompted a person is 50% more likely to leave a legacy – So, we need to ask people and have conversations about it.

We plan for life’s major milestones; births, weddings, anniversaries but most of us shy away from talking about and planning for death - yet it is the one thing that is guaranteed to happen to us all!  I strongly believe that by talking openly about the future can help ensure we have a better experience when it eventually does happen, and one of the things we can plan for is the legacy we want to leave behind.

Making a Will is important because it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes will be respected and the ones you love are looked after, whether that be family, friends or even a well-loved charity. I am leaving a gift to charity in my Will.

Your Will tells the people you leave behind, about the person you are.  It’s about the people you love and the things you care about. Your Will helps pass on your principles and the values that matter to you… A gift in your Will can ensure that your most loved charities can continue to make a difference for many years to come.

Make a Will, Leave a gift to charity and Change the Future.

The opinions, views or comments in this article do not necessarily reflect any views or policies of NICVA.
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by Sandra Bailie

Head of Organisational Development

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