Introducing Will to Give - pioneers of legacy giving in Northern Ireland

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By Sarah McClean

Will to Give is an organisation set up to boost legacy giving in Northern Ireland, supported by a committed group of charities, from local to international. We asked Chair, Elley Martin, to tell us more about Will to Give, its achievements to date and ambitions for the future.

Tell us a little about you, your ‘day job’ and how this fits with Will to Give.

The ‘day job’ involves leading on Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s (NICHS) Individual Giving Programme. The IG Team consists of a very busy team of 5. I also line manage Will to Give’s (WTG) brilliant Development Officer, Deirdre Murphy through my role as Chair.

What is WTG and what you are aiming to achieve?

WTG is a membership charity open to all charities operating in Northern Ireland. Our aim is to work together to promote gifts in Wills for the benefit of all charities in Northern Ireland (NI).

The group was formally constituted in January 2011 with 17 founder members. Today we have grown to 56 charities and we are very much focused on supporting as many charities operating in NI as possible.

We are truly varied in terms of size, cause and scale – there are long established, new, national and local charities - Cancer Research to Shopmobility Belfast, Queens University Foundation to NICHS. What brings us together is that each of our member charities recognises the importance of gifts in Wills.

We undertake a varied and busy programme of activity – including a year-round social media and PR campaign, awareness raising events including our annual WTG Awareness Week launched in 2016, and a robust series of training courses for all charities across NI. The Will Notification System developed in conjunction with Sector Matters continues to run smoothly and is of huge benefit for forward planning for charities. Our Facebook group is a great resource and content is added several times a week and it’s also a brilliant forum for member discussion and sharing ideas and advice.

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