by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has launched an innovative new match funding initiative aimed at professional advisors, to support their clients in leaving charitable gifts in Wills.  The £300,000 ‘Gifts in Wills’ match fund will match charitable gifts at 50%, up to a maximum of £50,000.


SÍofra Healy, Development Director at the Community Foundation explained:

“We’ve developed this new initiative, the first of its kind in NI and GB, in consultation with professional advisors.   The match funding initiative means that the impact of legacies or ‘Gifts in Wills’ to support local causes, will be significantly increased. 


“Our fund will add a further 50% to a minimum £30k pledge  to establish a new ‘named’ fund of £45k. This is an alternative to the cost and difficulties of setting up a charitable trust and could enable anyone to leave a legacy.   Over the next months we’ll be running information roadshows for solicitors and other professional advisors in towns across Northern Ireland about the match fund and the potential benefits to clients,


Speaking at the legacy match fund launch, David Lavery, Chief Executive of the Law Society said:

“We’ve partnered with the Community Foundation on the launch of their ‘Gifts in Wills’ initiative, because we believe that it could help our members support their clients to make a huge contribution to the causes they care about. 


“We’re supporting the roll out of information to members in local chapters and we encourage them to take advantage of this scheme which will give significant added value to their clients.”


Information on the match fund is available at


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David Lavery, Chief Executive at the Law Society, John Gordon, trustee at the Community Foundation, Síofra Healy, Director of Development at the Community Foundation, Judge Justice Huddleston and Marcus Cooper, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation at the launch of the £300,000 ‘Gifts in Wills’ match fund.


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