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.

Legacy of Hope newsletter and reply form, from Bread for the World, USA

by SOFII

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.

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RSPCA: ‘home for life’ scheme

by Alex McDowell

A superb new service from the RSPCA that takes away the worries and concerns of their supporters, whilst increasing their legacy income considerably.

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Tutorial 57: stand in your donor’s shoes

by Jerry Huntsinger

Someone somewhere is waiting for your mail. She could be a legacy prospect. Have you excluded her from your mailing list because she gave so little last time – even though she’s been making donations for years?

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University of Michigan, USA. Newsletter, plus reply form

by SOFII

We at SOFII also liked the simple graphic presentation of different giving plans that are shown in this newsletter (option 1, the maize plan and option 2, the blue plan). Donors don’t automatically understand the implications of their giving, particularly when there are tax advantages. If these can be simply rendered in graphic form, then donors will be encouraged and fundraisers will benefit.

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NSPCC’s supporter care gifts in wills ‘mind map’

by Marie Burnett

This innovation from NSPCC - the mind map - could raise £1,000,000 in legacies.

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Voices for Justice newsletter, from Human Rights Watch, USA

by SOFII

This package is an excellent example of a legacy society newsletter, with its special focus on the mission-based activities that constitute true donor motivation.

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Living Legacy Society newsletter, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, USA

by SOFII

This newsletter represents the culmination of nearly a decade of successful direct marketing efforts by Mal Warwick Associates and the staff of the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

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Surveying the legacy landscape: why we’re doing it and why we need you

by Natasha van Bentum

What do senior fundraisers in Madrid, Winnipeg, Wyoming, Geneva, Singapore, Manchester, Calgary, Dublin and Hamburg have in common?

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Just the facts on legacy giving

by Mal Warwick

Rumour has it that legacy gifts account for as much as one-third of the philanthropic income of charities in the UK, or at least of the largest ones. Whether or not that’s an accurate estimate, it’s clear to all observers that legacies account for a far larger share of charitable revenue in the British Isles than they do elsewhere.

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