October 1, 2015

A third of people would be happy to leave a charitable gift

In light of the figures, an organisation which encourages members of the public to leave bequests to good causes is hoping to raise awareness of the different options available.

Remember a Charity’s campaign won backing from a number of political figures, who agreed that gift giving made a huge difference to charities nationwide.

Damian Hinds, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, and Rob Wilson, the Government’s Minister for Civil Society, both signed a letter which urged people to consider the causes close to their heart when drafting their will.

“Many charities rely on these gifts to help carry out their vital work,” they wrote.

“Unfortunately there is evidence of a disconnect between people’s intentions to give money in their wills and those doing so.”

Even though many people never get round to making a bequest, the amount of money left in wills is still exceptionally high.

In 2014, a staggering £2.2billion was received in legacies – amounting to the biggest source of voluntary income in the country.

Rob Cope, director of Remember a Charity, was hopeful that the recent campaign to raise awareness could increase the figure still further.

“Particularly in light of the negative portrayal of fundraising in the media recently, it has never been more important that charities continue to strive for the highest standards, cherish their supporters and celebrate success.

“Without legacy giving, many charitable services might not survive.”

For advice on making a bequest or drafting a will, please contact Tony Millson and Deanna Hurst in the Royds private client team.

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