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McCausland launches new Legacy Notification Service for local charities

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has attended ‘Will to Give’s’ first conference to recognise the valuable contribution legacy giving makes to charities in Northern Ireland.
Friday, 9 November 2012

The Minister also launched an important new Legacy Notification Service for local charities.

Speaking at the conference Minister McCausland said: “Northern Ireland historically has a strong tradition of charitable giving and I wish to support and enhance that tradition. Today we are recognising the importance of legacy donations for local charities and I applaud the work of ‘Will to Give’ in raising awareness of this work.

“I also wish to take this opportunity to support the launch of the new Legacy Notification Service for local charities. My Department has worked closely with the Probate Office in the NI Court Service and with Sector Matters to explore the options for this service. We have now got agreement for a local Legacy Notification Service, where for the first time charities will receive early warning of significant legacy donations.

“This is a very timely development as I am sure that all charities are having to make adjustments in these difficult financial times. The service will enable charities to make provision for future legacy donations and will greatly assist the financial planning process."

Notes to editors:

  1. Will to Give is a new charity established in January 2011. Its main purpose is to promote legacy fundraising in Northern Ireland and to raise awareness with the general public about leaving charitable donations in a Will.
  2. The new Legacy Notification Service is being delivered by Sector Matters and will provide local charities with early warning of any significant legacy donations contained in Wills.
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