Sunday 19 November 2017

Children's charities most likely to benefit from wills

Susan O'Dwyer from the Make a Wish Foundation. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Susan O'Dwyer from the Make a Wish Foundation. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Michael Staines

IRISH people are more likely to bequeath a gift to a children's charity when writing a will than to any other cause.

According to new research, almost one in three adults would consider remembering a children's charity.

MyLegacy, a group representing over 70 charities and not-for-profit organisations, found that animal welfare at 16pc, health at 14pc and homelessness at 11pc were the next most popular causes.

The research was carried out as part of the 'Best Will in the World Week' campaign which encourages people to consider leaving a charitable gift when making a will.

While Ireland is ranked as the fifth most charitable country in the world according to the 2013 'World Giving Index' only 10pc of Irish people who have made a will have included a gift to charity.

Susan O'Dwyer, chairperson of MyLegacy and CEO of the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' said the amount of people who bequeath to charity is still relatively low.

"This is often because people don't realise that they can leave a gift to charity in this way," she said. "By leaving a gift to charity we can help ensure that the work of our favourite causes continues to live on. It is a wonderfully rewarding experience that can benefit so many other people after you have gone."

Previous research commissioned by MyLegacy found that just one-third of pe ople living in Ireland have a will.

'Best Will in the World Week' offers people for a reduced fee the chance to access practical advice on making a will. For the duration of the week, participating solicitors from across the country will offer initial will consultations for a flat fee of €50 to people who are considering making a will or would like to amend an existing document.

"'Best Will in the World Week' plays a vital role in putting this issue front of mind by reminding people of the positive difference that they can make when they leave a gift - regardless of the size - to charity," said Ms O'Dwyer.

"The first step in doing so is to make an appointment with your local solicitor to make a will or change your existing will."

The week takes place from Monday, October 20 until Friday, October 24.

Irish Independent

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