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What is it?

One of the biggest growth areas in donation to charities. Legacy gifts are when people leave money to your organisation in their will. You may be surprised by how simple this type of giving can be to organise.

Good reasons to try legacy giving

  • You have a medium-long term vision for your organisation
  • You can explain how you will use a donor’s legacy gift to encourage them to donate
  • You already have donors who make regular gifts to you


  • Your organisation impacts directly on people’s lives particularly at a time that is difficult for them


  • Your organisation supports animals in need

Key advice

  • Larger organisations get more of their income from legacy donations. Don’t miss out.
  • Do think about safeguarding and how to handle the sensitive subject.
  • Work through the Institute of Fundraising guidance before you get started.

Last reviewed: 18 November 2020

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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 18 November 2020

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