The proportion of people leaving a gift in their Will is increasing, from 12% in 2007 to 16% in 2017.
We believe passionately in the vital role that charities play.
We suspect you do too – most people will be touched by a charity at some point in their life. Whether you were supported directly or they helped a friend or relative, it’s easy to see the impact that charities can make on our lives.
Gifts in Wills, also known as legacies, are a vital source of income for charities in the UK. They tend to be of a higher value than one-off donations and also help charities with their long-term planning, especially if they’ve been notified of intent beforehand.
Supporting your chosen charity during your lifetime is one thing, but making a statement that you’re going to support them afterwards can really deepen the bond between you and your cause. Your pledge can help ensure that charity is there for the next generation. It’s not just the charity that benefits, you can too, by leaving them a gift in your Will.
Each year legacies left in wills provide more than £3bn to fund charities’ vital work.
On average, people remember 3 charities in their Will.
Source: Smee & Ford, Legacy Trends 2020