Remember A Charity is the Institute of Fundraising’s long-term campaign to increase legacy giving to charities. Formed in 2000, it now collaborates with over 200 of the UK’s favourite charities to encourage more people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their will, once they have looked after their family and friends. Together, they aim to do what no single charity can do alone: make legacy giving a social norm. Remember A Charity supports the development of electronic and video wills from regulated providers and recommends a centralised national wills storage system, among a range of measures to modernise the current framework.
The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. It supports fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and champions and promotes fundraising as a career choice. In addition to over 575 organisational members which raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year, the IoF has over 6,000 individual members. It is also a charity and works with other charities and public benefit organisations to connect donors and supporters with the causes they care passionately about. The IoF describes its vision as ‘excellent fundraising for a better world’.
The Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) is the membership body for legacy professionals – those responsible for the successful and sensitive administration of donors’ final gifts to charitable organisations. Established in 1999, it provides individual legacy professionals, who are often relatively isolated within their respective organisations, with a network of support and dedicated training services. Today the ILM represents more than 500 individuals, working in over 350 charities, not-for-profit organisations and other associations. Across the sector, legacy professionals are responsible for over £2.4 billion of charitable income each year – income that many charitable organisations rely on for their survival.
Over a third of Cancer Research UK’s (CRUK) life-saving research is funded by gifts in wills. This support helps to develop life-saving treatments for people affected by cancer. Over the last 40 years, survival has doubled - today half will survive and CRUK aims to see three-quarters of people surviving their diagnosis within the next 20 years. Its work is focused in four key areas - prevention, early diagnosis, improving existing treatments and developing new ones. It ensures that every legacy gift is directed towards research exactly as the donor wishes and uses the motto ‘Together we can help beat cancer sooner’.