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It’s working, it’s working! Here at Tiny Frog Strategies, we know that legacy fundraising is a project for those not afraid of the long haul. It takes time to see results, usually LOTS of time. So when we hear about organizations that have participated in Legacy Jump Start and have some demonstrated success, we know we have to share their stories to provide hope for those at the beginning of their legacy fundraising journey. In today’s post, Wendy Francis, Executive Director at the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation shares her experience.

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Back to basics series: this post covers the basics of legacy giving. If you’re new around here, you might find it especially helpful. Go ahead and check out #backtobasics for other articles covering key concepts.

How fundraisers talk about people who make a legacy gift:

Like every industry, fundraising is full of its own technical jargon. Here are some terms that are helpful to understand exactly what will be happening at that professional association breakfast that you are going to be attending next month. Read more

Back to basics series: this post covers the basics of legacy giving. If you’re new around here, you might find it especially helpful. Go ahead and check out back to basics for other articles covering key concepts.

So, what is legacy giving anyways? Read more

A man wanted to make a legacy gift to the little church he attended in a small town. It was a small town and everyone knew it as “the United Church.” It was a way to distinguish this church from the Catholic Church or any other church in town.  Read more

The minister met once again with the ladies group who beseeched him to talk to the bag lady that came to each funeral and pocketed the cookies left after the funeral lunch.

They were fed up watching her collect the dainties they had made for the guests who attended the funeral. Read more

Johnny Appleseed could be the ultimate poster boy for leaving a legacy.

As a child, I did think that apple trees in each yard in our small town were directly planted by the famous traveller as he wandered from coast to coast. Read more

A recent blog suggested that the multitrillion dollar inheritance from one generation to the next was really an illusion. The author said his organization has not seen a great spike in bequests, despite being well into the Havens and Schervish report’s time-frame for that projected $41 trillion. He had done the numbers for both his organization and his area and concluded the windfall was not there.

Is it an illusion? Not according to many. Institution after institution receives bequests from people that are not in their donor database. Support has come without a meeting with the fundraiser or an identifiable ask. But, we ask, is legacy giving worth it? Are bequests on the rise? Are people living longer? After the economic downturn(s), will there be enough in the estates to fulfill the bequests?

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It was a slow summer day in the fundraising office where I worked. Most of the staff were out on holidays, leaving a few of us to hold down the fort.

The door jangled and in walked a man with purpose in his stride. The reception desk was empty (she was on holidays too) but a colleague of mine stuck her head out of her office door and asked if she could help him.

“I’d like to make a gift,” he said. Read more