Remember A Charity legacy awareness week 2014

Exhibited by
Louise Pavoni, Remember A Charity
Added
August 20, 2015
Medium of Communication
Target Audience
Legacies and bequests
Type of Charity
Country of Origin
UK
Date of first appearance
8 September 2014

SOFII’s view

Charities have always been generous in sharing information to the benefit of the sector as a whole. The Remember A Charity consortium is a superb example of how such collaboration can only bring benefit to everyone involved.

Creator / originator

Remember A Charity/Atomic London

Creator / originator

Remember A Charity In Your Will Week is an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charity when writing their will.

Background

From 8-14 September 2014 the Remember A Charity consortium ran their annual awareness week. The campaign was marked by a documentary film, where three inspirational grandparents shared their remarkable stories to remind the nation that anyone can become a living legend by including a charity they care about in their will.

Over 100 of the nation’s favourite charities got involved to support the awareness week and to generate discussions on legacies internally with colleagues and externally with supporters.

Remember A Charity provided member charities with a range of toolkits to enable them to have the conversations about legacies. The kits included a handbook on marketing, which gave information on the materials available to help charities raise awareness of legacies among their internal teams, in charity shops and when speaking externally with supporters.

Charities were provided with PR guidelines outlining how they can support the campaign and amplify the week, as well guidelines on retail and digital and social media, and how to increase the campaign’s reach.

Other assets provided to member charities included a teaser film and full documentary film, posters, logos, copy and posts on social media.

Charities took part in the week by displaying Remember A Charity Week posters, bookmarks and chocolates in their charity shops as simple talking points for legacy discussions.

Many ran direct mail campaigns as well as engaging on social media and dedicating an area of their website to the campaign.

Special characteristics

The campaign proved to be a powerful way for charities to create conversations around the topic of writing a will and legacies. By using light-hearted and emotive tones to communicate a sensitive subject, the public were encouraged to talk openly about legacies.

The ‘living legends‘ theme was highly accessible for the consortium’s members to adapt to their audiences. Charities found their own legends to promote online, internally to their teams and in charity shops across the country, ensuring the campaign reached a wider audience and supporter base.

The campaign enabled charities to connect with people emotionally because of the strength of the message that ‘there’s a legend in all of us’.

Remember A Charity harnessed free channels including charity shops, social media, referral links with websites and support from Clear Channel Outdoor to build awareness of the campaign.

Influence / impact

The Remember A Charity website saw the highest traffic in the campaign’s history, generating a 40 per cent uplift in website traffic compared with the previous year. Twenty-five per cent of people visiting the website went on to find details about their local solicitor or a charity they care about, which they would like to leave a gift to.

The campaign reached more than five million people on social media, including support from high-profile figures such as Lord Sugar (UK businessman, media personality, inventor of the catchphrase ‘you’re fired’ and political advisor).

Results

The 2014 Remember A Charity Week was the most successful awareness week to date. More than 100 charities supported the campaign and generated discussions about legacies.

The week also resulted in tangible legacy gifts. A member of the consortium had a legacy gift pledged off the back of Remember A Charity Week’s campaign in the charity’s shops.

The Cabinet Office and key partners including Legal & General, The Law Society and The Co-operative promoted the week through social media and to their staff, and it was widely promoted by solicitors.

Extensive national media coverage included The Independent, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Daily Mirror online and The Mail Online. The PR and advertising campaign reached millions of people.

Merits

The campaign shows the power of making an emotional connection with people to generate discussions about legacies.

It also demonstrates how effective storytelling can engage and inspire potential legacy donors.