Legacy giving


For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a will. Each year approximately 5,000 people leave a gift in their wills to a Church of England parish. These gifts finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities. For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God and to their church family. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. For information on making a will visit the Parish Resources website.

It is recommended that each Parochial Church Council (PCC) has their own unique Legacy Policy and ensures that resources are available to individuals, outlining why legacies are so significant and the way in which people can organise a legacy gift. Additionally, if a PCC is a named beneficiary in a will, the PCC are responsible for liaising with the executor to administer the gift correctly. For more information, please see the links below:

Church of England - Legacies

Parish Resources - Guidance on receiving a legacy

Legacy help and advice

Our own Generous Giving team can offer advice and support here in Newcastle. There is also a National Legacy team who can be contacted at eleanor.stead@churchofengland.org or by telephone 020 7898 1564.

The impact of legacies

To gain an overview of the data relating to legacies and the future significance of this for the Church of England please look at the following documents:

National Analysis of Legacy Data

Legacies to the Church of England: Looking to the Future

Legacies: A Significant Opportunity

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