Wills and Bequests

Wills and Bequests

Social change is rarely achieved overnight. While some societal issues can be solved quickly and with a once off injection of funds, most need persistent attention and sustained support over years.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is here for the long-term. Through our innovative grant making we help address society’s problems and respond to opportunities. We seek to build stronger communities – today and for the decades to come. By connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter, we can bring positive changes in communities throughout Ireland and overseas.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is ambitious for our country. We want to support the most innovative and effective community groups and charities. To do so, we hope that more and more people will support of The Community Foundation for Ireland to make this possible. Sustainable solutions to society’s challenges often need independent funding to really make things happen. After your loved ones are taken care of, a gift in your will could help us to achieve that ambition.

There is a saying that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. In leaving a legacy you are planting the trees that will give shelter to the next generation.

Investing in Ireland

"I want to invest in improving the lives of Irish men and women after my death. I feel that The Community Foundation for Ireland is an excellent organisation that will support a diverse range of projects, large and small, In Ireland. It has an impressive track record."

Sean Mac Grainne, Legacy fund holder at The Community Foundation for Ireland


Leave a perpetual gift

The Community Foundation for Ireland offers many options and opportunities including:
 

Leave a gift to The Community Foundation for Ireland

If you are unsure which cause or charity to choose, you can leave the decision up to us. You can be confident that The Community Foundation for Ireland will direct your bequest to the most pressing needs facing the community in a manner that continues to honour your wishes.

An endowed gift in your will to The Community Foundation for Ireland lives on long after your lifetime. By investing your money wisely and making grants out of the interest, we can respond strategically to the changing needs of society over many years.

Donate to one of our thematic funds

These funds enable donors with a common interest in a particular social area to pool their resources to support the most innovative and positive solutions. We currently have five such funds:

Environment Fund

Infant Health and Wellbeing Fund

LGBT+ Fund

Older Persons’ Fund

Women’s Fund

Click here to find out more about Thematic Funds.
 

Support a geographic area

The County Monaghan Fund was established at The Community Foundation for Ireland in 2004. Since then, many people have donated to it and others have chosen to include it in their will. Could you consider supporting your county in your will?

Create a named fund 

You can create a fund in your family’s name, that of a loved one, or anonymously to support your own charitable interests and pass down values for generations to come. Read how one of our donors created an In Memoriam fund for their loved one.

We are one of the biggest grant making organisations in Ireland and thoughtfully care for the assets entrusted to us. We invest them in people, ideas and activities that strengthen our communities. You don’t have to tell us if you leave a gift to The Community Foundation for Ireland, but if you do, it will help us plan future work. 

Arranging a legacy

Giving a gift to the Community Foundation for Ireland is easy to arrange and you can set up everything now to ensure your wishes will be met. To learn more, we recommend that you and / or your solicitor on your behalf talk to our staff to see what works best for you. Please contact Niall O'Sullivan, E: nosullivan@foundation.ie or by phone on 01 874 7354 to explore the philanthropic options that best suit you.

How does it work?

Making a will or changing an existing one is a simple procedure and a good way of clearly informing your family and friends of your wishes. Alternatively, you may wish to leave a Letter of Wishes in relation to leaving a charitable gift. It is advisable to seek the professional help of a solicitor. We can work with you and/or your professional adviser to help decide the best option.

There are two types of legacy you can leave in your will: A Pecuniary Bequest – when you state in your will that a specific sum of money will go to a particular charity, or charities of your choice. A Residuary Bequest – when you make provisions for your nearest and dearest first, then leave the remainder, or part of the remainder of your estate to one or more preferred charities. The suggested language below is provided to assist donors and their solicitors in making gifts to The Community Foundation for Ireland.

For a Pecuniary Bequest to The Community Foundation for Ireland:

“To the Board for the time being of The Community Foundation for Ireland; Charity No. CHY 13967, I give and bequeath the sum of: euros (amount in words) or I bequeath (the item(s) specified) for the general charitable purposes for use by The Community Foundation for Ireland, and the receipt of the Board of The Community Foundation for Ireland shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.”

For a Residuary Bequest to The Community Foundation for Ireland:

“As to all the rest residue, and remainder of my Estate of whatsoever nature and whatsoever situate, I give devise and bequeath the same to The Community Foundation for Ireland; Charity No. CHY 13967, for the general charitable purposes of said organisation, and the receipt of the Board of The Community Foundation for Ireland shall be sufficient discharge to my Executors.

Please contact Niall O'Sullivan, E: nosullivan@foundation.ie or by phone on 01 874 7354 if you wish to find out any more information or to discuss your options. 

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