Legacies and bequests
Please treat this section with respect. For if within these pages you can find out how to increase your share of the massive legacy (more commonly referred to as bequests in North America) income that seems to fall each year from heaven above into fundraisers’ laps, you’ll have done well indeed. So, this is the place where you’ll find some of the best ideas worth borrowing, truly the all-time greats of legacy marketing.
by Joe Burnett
Environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy have created a smart and well-designed pop-up widget for their planned giving micro-site that encourages digital dialogue among website visitors to help uncover hidden legacy gifts and generate fundraising leads .Read more
Our selection of SOFII stars this time centred on treasures of legacy marketing. Exhibits and articles include Greenpeace Sweden’s legacy commercials, a University of Oxford legacy brochure, the NSPCC’s approach to legacy training and Mal Warwick giving us the facts on legacy giving, amongst a wealth of ever essential reads.
This is a great public awareness campaign with interactive use of social media and appropriate targeting.Read more
A garden designed to demonstrate how gifts in supporters’ wills have supported the NSPCC’s work and takes visitors on a journey through the past 130 years.Read more
by Eifron Hopper
Eifron Hopper explains why our legacy messages, as well as being compelling and memorable, should be frequent and delivered to our donors via as many appropriate channels as possible.Read more
A great legacy campaign from Canada; the Sandra Schmirler Foundation manages to tread that delicate balance between inspiring their supporters with stories about the lives of ordinary families and sharing why legacies are so important.Read more
by Gunes Yildirim
Darüşşafaka – meaning house of kindness – has provided full scholarships to orphans including clothing, accommodation, healthcare and food. But there’s also a lot we can learn about donor care, legacy and high value fundraising from the oldest NGO in Turkey
Without legacies very many charitable organisations all over the world wouldn’t exist. Click here to see Remember A Charities ‘living legends’ explain their love of giving and why they have left a legacy to charity in their will.Read more
Charities in the UK receive £2 billion per year, 13 per cent of all charitable donations, through gifts in wills. Research carried out this year by Remember a Charity showed that by asking the right questions this already massive amount could be increased by 67 per cent. Want to find out the questions? Of course you do so, go ahead, click here to see them on SOFII.Read more
This direct mail package enclosed a newsletter for the Bread for the World ‘Legacy of Hope’ giving society, which has raised millions of dollars in bequests to support the organisation’s work.Read more