He predicted that more consortia would be pursuing legacies within five years. Scottish charities could set up their own consortium to promote legacy giving to charities north of the border, and it could be similar to Remember a Charity, he said.
Parris also predicted that a change in Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Budget would bring more specialist will writers into the will-writing market, meaning that fewer wills would be written by solicitors.
Legacy fundraisers would soon form part of the core fundraising team at many charities, rather than being part of a separate department, he added. “The silos will be demolished; they are counter-productive,” he said. “One day a charity will do a legacy-only appeal.”
Parris also said that legacies would become a more important source of cost-effective giving, that volunteers would be used to ask for legacies and that the small charity sector would increase its legacy income faster than large charities.