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Legacies: Christian women leave far more than men

New research has revealed that Christian women are more generous than men when it comes to leaving gifts to charities in their wills ...

New research has revealed that Christian women are more generous than men when it comes to leaving gifts to charities in their wills.
 
The research, recently commissioned by Christian Legacy – a consortium of churches and leading charities – found that 65% of Christian women included a charitable gift in their will, compared with only 35% of men. 

It also highlighted how Christian charities gain just 3% of their income from legacies given by almost 12,000 people across the UK and how only 15.7% of all charity legacies over the past three years have been given to Christian charities or places of worship.

The report also revealed how people who leave charitable legacies are likely to leave gifts to more than one charity, with Christians likely to spread their gifts across almost twice as many charities as non-Christians.
 
An increasing number of UK charities are focusing on bequests as a key way to raise funds, particularly as donations suffer in tougher economic times.  Figures show that more than a third of people who support charities say they would leave a gift in their will after family and friends have been provided for. But, unfortunately, just 7pc of people actually get around to doing this, despite it being as straightforward as including a simple sentence in their will [i].
 
Christian Legacy wants to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift in their will to a favourite Christian charity or church.  ‘Christian Legacy Week’, which runs from 17th-23rd October 2016, offers people the chance to think about the difference they want to make and provides help in making that decision.
 
Howard Barker, Head of Legacy Giving at the consortium said:  “Leaving a gift in your will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to the future of your church and community.   Each organisation in Christian Legacy provides vital services to some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of society and is a specialist in their own area of service.  Large or small, every gift will make the world a better place for your family and beyond.”
 
Find out more about Christian Legacy Week here.

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