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What type of charity would you donate to in your will, if any?

Children’s charities are the most likely to receive money from people’s wills.

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IRISH ADULTS ARE most likely to donate to children’s charities in their wills, a new survey has found.

Three in ten adults would donate to these type of organisations, followed by animal welfare, health and homelessness groups.

The research was recently commissioned by MyLegacy, an umbrella group for over 70 Irish charities.

1,000 respondents answered as follows:

  • Children, 30%
  • Animal welfare, 16%
  • Health, 14%
  • Homelessness, 11%
  • Anti-poverty, 8%
  • Disability, 7%
  • Education, 4%
  • Elderly, 3%

The survey was conducted as part of the fourth annual Best Will in the World Week campaign, which will take place from 20-24 October.

It encourages people to avail of advice on the importance of making a will, while also asking them to consider leaving a gift to charity. Almost 500 solicitors have signed up to participate.

Just one third of people have a will

Speaking at the launch of this year’s campaign Susan O’Dwyer, Chairperson of MyLegacy and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation said: “It is so important to make a will, however, the instance of leaving a gift to charity is still relatively low. In our experience, this is often because people don’t realise that they can leave a gift to charity in this way.

It is one of the best ways of helping the charity to continue the already great work that they are doing. The first step in doing so is to make an appointment with your local solicitor to make a will or change your existing will.

Previous research commissioned by MyLegacy found that just one-third of people living in Ireland have a will – 71% of those over 45 years have a will, while only 26% of those aged 25 to 44 years of age and 3% of those aged 18 to 24 years have a will.

A study conducted by Community Foundation of Ireland in 2010 found that just 10% of those who had devised wills had included a donation to a charity. In this study, those aged 18 to 34 years were deemed the most likely to do so.

What type of charity, if any, would you leave money to in your will? Let us know in the comments.

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