Blogs

  • November 2014

  • Oxytocin: The key ingredient for growing giving?

    Earlier this month I was invited to the Science of Philanthropy Initiative, Chicago, to discuss how behavioural economics can help grow legacy giving. Charity fundraisers have long-understood the mantra of ‘asking’ and ‘better asking’ to raise vital funds. But how does this work with something as private and taboo as legacies? Remember A Charity has […]

  • Don’t forget the charities

    Making a Will is an important step for anyone; time needs to be spent thinking about who should benefit from your estate when you die and any precise wishes you may have. However, you might be surprised to know that whilst two thirds of us give to charities during our lifetime, only 6% of us […]

  • Discovering legacies at the V&A

    It’s a Wednesday evening, late September. The night is young and I find myself playing ‘spot the difference’ in the heart of the V&A’s Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition. I am with Steve Daszko, a good friend to the V&A, at the Private View. As the V&A’s Legacies Manager, it is rewarding to see Steve derive […]

  • Time to Remember

    With thoughts today reflecting on military charities and the incredibly moving display of poppies at the Tower of London, it seems fitting to be writing about Remember A Charity.  Most individuals have at least one charity close to their heart.  For some this is because they have been inspired to fundraise through challenges, ranging from […]

  • October 2014

  • No Will – No Legacy

    Sometimes we feel awkward about talking to supporters about death and therefore shy away from it, using euphemisms like ‘passed away’ and ‘lost’. We insure our cars – in case we have an accident. We insure our houses – in case we have a fire. I insure my boat – in case it sinks. We […]

  • Helping us make the ultimate breakthrough

    Breakthrough Breast Cancer began 25 years ago with one man’s absolute commitment, following the loss of his wife, to stopping women dying from breast cancer. Together with the help of many extraordinary people, he raised the £15 million needed to build the first dedicated breast cancer research centre, where experts could work together to find […]

  • After death, leave life

    Watta is 1 day old and lies in her mother’s arms in Peters Town Clinic. Her mother, Comfort, is a 17 year old Liberian woman who lives in the inaccessible village that is not connected by road and cannot be reached by motorbike. She walked for 7 hours to use the Maternal Waiting Room ahead […]

  • September 2014

  • Investing in the next generation

    UK Youth offers young people a vital chance to learn and succeed outside mainstream education. Since 1911 we have supported young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain the tools they need for life, work and a better future. Despite being a national charity and 103 years old, we are largely unknown to […]

  • Co-operative Legal Services awarded yellow plaque

    Marking this year’s Remember A Charity in your Will Week (8-14th September), the Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) was yesterday recognised as the first corporate organisation to raise £15 million in potential gifts to charities, via Wills created for its customers. The organisation was awarded a yellow plaque by Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity. CLS […]

  • Co-operative Legal Services awarded yellow plaque

    Marking this year’s Remember A Charity in your Will Week (8-14th September), the Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) was yesterday recognised as the first corporate organisation to raise £15 million in potential gifts to charities, via Wills created for its customers. The organisation was awarded a yellow plaque by Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity. CLS […]

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