Will to Give to launch named charity notification service for Northern Ireland

20 Sep 2012     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

Will to Give, the organisation aiming to promote legacy giving in Northern Ireland is to launch a Will Notification Service in November at their Conference on the 9th November in Belfast. 

The WillGiftsNI Service will inform charities who have been named in wills probated in Northern Ireland. Speaking about the future launch of the Service, Colin Ferguson, Chair of Will to Give stated:

 “We are very pleased to work with the Department of Social Development and the Probate Office in Northern Ireland to make this service available. Will to Give was formed by local charities to provide exactly this sort of practical service as well as promote will-giving and to make it more of a social-norm.”

Paula Reynolds who is the Director of Sector Matters, the not-for-profit business services company administering WillGiftsNI on behalf of Will to Give spoke of the benefits of the service to charities in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

“For the first time charities will receive early notification of money left to their charity. This will enable subscribers to have the opportunity to receive money more promptly and to forecast future income from legacy gifts.”

Paula added;

“We will be able to send copies of the actual will to named charities giving them a much fuller picture of the person who has so generously thought of them.”

Neil Irwin of NICVA, Secretariat for Will to Give commented:

“Will to Give is putting in place plans to analyse wills with charitable gifts to produce an accurate picture of will-giving in Northern Ireland. This is to inform future strategy at the micro and macro level for the promotion of legacy giving and to increase philanthropy to the not-for-profit sector.”

He added that Will to Give has introduced costs for the service that they hope are affordable for must charities currently in receipt of legacy income. There is no cost per notification and those who wish to join the service will pay an annual subscription fee of £15/month + VAT while non Will to Give members will pay £40/month+VAT.

Anyone interested in signing up for the WillGiftsNI Notification Service or who would like more information can at this stage contact Neil Irwin of Will to Give on 028 9087 7777 or email [email protected].

The Will to Give conference is taking place in NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB on 9 November 2012 at 8.30am to 2.00pm. The conference is free to Will to Give members or £25 per person for non-members. Further details are available here: http://www.nicva.org/events/will-give-conference-9-november-2012-belfast

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