Remember A Charity in your Will Week 7th-13th September
Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office, Damien Hinds, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs at The Scottish Government, have jointly written to over 8,700 solicitors in England, Wales and Scotland, urging them to highlight the option of leaving a gift to charity to clients. Prompting clients to leave a gift can treble the number of gifts in Wills.
Rob Wilson said: “In Britain, we have a fine tradition of legacy giving, with legacy income worth around £2 billion a year to charities in the UK. It is a vital part of many charities’ income and we want to encourage more Britons to consider leaving gifts to charities, creating a lasting legacy for good causes. The steps we’re taking this week will help make considering legacy giving an integral part of the will writing process.”
Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said: “Never before has the campaign achieved so much support from Government and the legal profession and this is critical in extending our reach to new audiences and to achieve social change. Our research shows that 35% of the UK are happy to leave a gift in their Will, but only 7% currently do. Remember A Charity Week helps to address the disconnect between intention and action.”
“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 may not survive.”