The Goodwill Partnership welcomes charities of all sizes

Since our inception eight years ago, we have become the largest distributor of home-visit solicitor-provided Wills for the charity sector. From humble beginnings we’re proud to have built up a list of partner charities that reads like a who’s who of leading UK charities.

These include Macmillan Cancer Support, Oxfam, Tearfund, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Prince’s Trust, Action for Children and many, many others. You can view a more comprehensive list of charity partners on our partner page.

Aside from the well-known, larger charities, we also offer solicitor-written Will services for smaller charities. These include charities like Sylva Foundation, a small innovative, environmental charity working to ensure Britain’s woodland thrives; Autism Bedfordshire like its name suggests is a local charity covering Bedford, Luton and a number of other towns and villages; Peterhouse is the oldest of the Cambridge colleges founded in 1284.

The point we’d like to make is that our Will-writing services are available to charities of all sizes. After all, legacies make a profound difference to charities of every description. By way of example, one of our charity partners – Rainforest Foundation – received two legacies in 1994 that still protect 2 million acres of Peruvian forest because the charity was able to purchase legal titles to the land via the funds it received.

Whilst there is no data available on small charities engaging in legacies, it is certainly an area of increasing interest because legacies can make such a profound difference to a charity’s financial position and ability to affect change.

In a recent article for Remember A Charity, Janine Edwards, Head of Learning & Business Development at the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) makes the valuable point that, “small charities can have an advantage over larger charities in that we have a much smaller group of supporter relationships to manage, and therefore are more likely to have personal relationships with our key donors, volunteers, and influencers”.

She continues, “My advice to small charities who are just starting out would be to use your existing communication channels and incorporate your legacy messages into these.”

We wholeheartedly agree with these sentiments and would encourage smaller charities to look into offering Will-writing services for their supporters and volunteers. We know from first-hand experience that the benefits in doing so can be profound.

If you are a small charity and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01296 680463 or email info@thegoodwillpartnership.co.uk. We’d be delighted to hear from you.