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.

British Heart Foundation ‘Gift of Hope’ and ‘Give in Celebration’

by Joe Burnett

Find out how the British Heart Foundation completely reinvented their strategy for in memory giving. How? By providing a more involving experience for donors and making great use of new technology. A wonderful lesson for all fundraisers

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Ocean Conservancy ‘let us know’ pop-outs online draw engagement and uncover hidden bequests

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 .

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SOFII stars: treasures of legacy marketing

NSPCC Ad

by SOFII

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.

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Trillium Gift of Life Network: ‘bucket list’

by SOFII

This is a great public awareness campaign with interactive use of social media and appropriate targeting.

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The NSPCC's legacy-themed Garden of Magical Childhood

by SOFII

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.

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‘Behind the clock’ legacy marketing – if you aren’t doing it, perhaps you should be

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.

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Sandra Schmirler Foundation’s printed legacy guide: You’re In My Heart Forever’

by SOFII

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. 

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The Darüşşafaka Society: a unique offer for special donors

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

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Remember A Charity legacy awareness week 2014

by SOFII

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.

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Remember a Charity’s initial research into legacy giving

by SOFII

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.

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