Giving through Legacies
For years the church has relied on legacies as a way of increasing funds and carrying out stand-alone projects. The Victorians were excellent at this and not many churches escaped their spirit of innovation and ‘improvement’. Much of this work was done through philanthropy or legacy giving.
Here’s a guide to help you encourage legacy giving amongst your congregation: www.churchlegacy.org.uk
It is good practice to always mention legacies in any stewardship campaign (however briefly) both to honour previous benefactors and to encourage future ones. It is good to preach on and to teach on legacy giving. It is also pastorally good practice, in general, to encourage the writing of wills.
Will Aid happens annually, whereby local solicitors offer their services for a very reduced cost (c. £95) to help people write their wills and leave donations to charities: www.willaid.org.uk/about