Thirty-nine communal charities have joined forces to promote legacy giving.
Jewish Legacy stems from a situation where just one-in-four UK Jews leave a charitable bequest in their will. It is estimated that even a five per cent rise in legacies could generate an additional £100 million over a 10-year period.
Run on a voluntary basis by people working for or closely associated with charities, the aim is to educate about the importance of legacies and the range of communal causes that could benefit.
Jewish Legacy chair Nigel Ross said “legacy giving has traditionally been a somewhat taboo subject because of its obvious connotations. We have long needed to break down the perceptual barriers to this kind of charitable giving in our community and to make it clear that leaving a gift to charity in one’s will is not exclusively for the wealthy.” Organisations involved in the drive include Jewish Care, Norwood and UJIA.