Leave a legacy

legacies and charity giving

Many of us want to leave our mark somehow in life – and you can do this when you die by leaving a legacy to a good cause; maybe one you’ve supported in life or charity-giving to an organisation that’s supported or delighted you.

You can leave some or all of your Estate to a charity. If you want to, capture this in your Will.

You may want to make a gift to a charity that has supported someone through illness or been a big part of their life.  As well as helping a cause you believe in, it provides a lasting legacy – and it’s good news tax-wise. What’s not to like.

Here are some thoughts:

  • Environmental campaigners – like Greenpeace.
  • Historic buildings – Landmark Trust who look after historical buildings of social interest – not just the houses of the rich and grand.  National Trust  manage many historic local gardens and houses. Historic Scotland, English Heritage, Welsh Heritage,
  • Health, care or medical research charities: maybe one that has played an important part in  care for your family – a local hospice like CHAS, organisations like Macmillan Cancer CareAlzheimers, MSAgeUK.
  • Social charities – like Shelter for homeless people, UNICEF who look after children all over the world, Womankind, who support women in communities across the world.
  • Arts organisations – galleries, theatres, concert halls, independent cinemas – all welcome donations.  Many have dedication schemes (name a seat, get your name on a brick in the wall, support an artist… like the Arvon Foundation who support budding writers all across the UK.
  • Animals – World Worldlife FundRSPCARSPB.
  • Religious or philosophical charities: like Dhanakosa Buddhist retreat.
  • Life-savers: a critical service on this small island of ours: lifeboats – RNLI

Local, national, international, global – whatever the scale of their operation, a fiver will still make a difference. Sports clubs, bowling greens, village halls, allotments…whatever your interest in life, you can leave a little something.  There are various guides and directories designed to help you identify the charity of your choice.

Philanthropy Foundation UK
UK Fundraising
Remember a Charity in Your Will

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The Willow Foundation was founded by football legend and TV presenter, Bob Wilson in memory of his daughter Anna who died of cancer at 31. The foundation invites 16-40 year olds living with life limiting illness to apply for funds for a ‘special day’… a Jim’ll Fix It kind of charity that helps organise a dream date, a family trip, meet someone special.