Will writing services for charities in the UK

Online will writer Farewill has now raised £1 billion in legacy pledges for charities including Cancer Research, Battersea Cats & Dogs, Surfers Against Sewage, The Donkey Sanctuary, and the RNLI.

Farewill partners with charities to enable them to offer free will writing services through their website. 37% of the platform’s wills currently contain legacies and Farewill also focuses on residuary gifts – when a percentage of an estate is donated to a charity.

The most popular good causes include cancer charities (43%), animal welfare (17%), and health (14%). Since Farewill started tracking donations, more money has been donated by people living in Greater London (23%), than in any other part of the UK. The most generous regions include the South East (17%) and South West (12%).

Lucinda Frostick, Director at Remember A Charity, commented:

Appetite for this form of giving has reached record levels in recent years, with gifts in wills now funding vital charitable services for beneficiaries across the country, while enabling supporters to continue helping the good causes they care about beyond their lifetime. Particularly in such tough economic times, charitable gifts in wills have never been more valued or more needed.”

There are similar services, such as the National Free Wills Network, where Network member charities have access to a comprehensive (and ever expanding) national Network of Solicitors. With 931 law firms currently involved, on average the Network has participating solicitor within 3.5 miles of each donor referred. 75% of the Wills written include a legacy to the referring charity.

Money Saving Expert (MSE), founded by Martin Lewis, also provides useful advice on its website about low-cost ways to write a will.

Although currently closed to applications, the Money Saving Expert Charity often offers grant programmes to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to different defined groups. The next funding round is expected to open in September 2024.

Source: UK Fundraising