Proportion of people who include legacies in their wills is increasing

A survey for the charity legacy consortium Remember A Charity finds that 17 per cent of respondents had included gifts to charity in their wills, up from 14 per cent in 2013

Legacy giving
Legacy giving

The proportion of people who say they have included legacies to charities in their wills is at its highest level since 2010, according to research published by Remember A Charity.

A survey of 1,001 people aged over 40, commissioned by the charity legacy consortium and carried out in October, found that 17 per cent said they had included gifts to charities in their wills, compared with 14 per cent in 2013 and 12 per cent in 2010, when Remember A Charity first started monitoring public attitudes to legacy giving.

The research, carried out by the consultancy nfpSynergy, found that only 11 per cent of people said they had never thought about legacy giving, compared with 21 per cent four years previously.

Sixty-four per cent of respondents said they had written wills, but 26 per cent of those said they needed to be updated. Seventeen per cent said they intended to leave gifts to charity when they made or revised their wills, and 30 per cent said they would consider doing so.

"Historically, there has been a large disconnect between the proportion of adults who say they’d be happy to leave gifts in their wills and those who actually do it," said Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity.

"These latest results show that significant progress has been made towards closing this gap between intention and action – but, with so many charities heavily reliant on legacy income, there is still more work to be done to make legacy giving the social norm."

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